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Working Equitation

The Working Equitation discipline is intended to promote competition between traditional styles of riding used during ranch work in various countries and also to act as a showcase for traditional riding costumes and equipment.

Working Equitation became a competitive sport in 1996 along with its first European championship. Working Equitation is recognised as a sport in many countries, mostly in Europe and South America.

All countries have their own governing body of the sport. The sport tests the horse and rider's partnership and ability to maneuver obstacles. There are four different levels of Working Equitation: Introductory, Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced.

There are three Phases in WE

  1. Dressage- Each level has its own dressage test. Each movement is given a numerical score, and collective marks are given for the horse?s impulsion, submission, and quality of gaits, as well as for the rider?s position and effective use of aids.
  2. Ease of Handling Trial-a gymkhana-type event in which horses must overcome obstacles similar to those likely to appear in the field, such as bridges and gates. The obstacle course is designed to show the partnership between horse and rider where judges are looking for smooth, symmetrical performance.
  3. Speed- where similar obstacles must be overcome, but against time
  4. Cow- (only for team competitions), in which the four team members separate a specific numbered cow from a group.

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