The United States Working Equitation Association promotes the equestrian sport of Working Equitation in the USA. Providing American horsemen the opportunity to unite in tradition, sportsmanship and animal welfare. Using precise and true horsemanship to display and test their harmony, maneuverability and cattle handling skills.
The United States Working Equitation Association will be a centralized, innovative source of information and services for Working Equitation training and competitions in the United States within the guidelines of the United States Federation of Working Equitation Organizations (USFWE).
Working Equitation is one of the fastest growing riding competitions and oldest riding disciplines in the world. Working Equitation is what horsemen in all countries with a tradition of handling cattle from horseback do on a daily basis. It is now a competitive sport anyone can participate in, from beginner to advanced level riders. A multi-faceted equestrian sport whose fundamental purpose is to promote using the traditional styles of working cattle from horseback used in different countries while displaying a high degree of training and unity between horse and rider.
Working Equitation Competitions give horsemen from all countries an opportunity to test the skills and abilities of both the horse and rider for the qualities needed in a working environment. It promotes good horsemanship and stockmanship while allowing people to ride in the traditional tack and attire of their heritage. This makes it as fun to watch as it is to compete.
The main requirements for Working Equitation are obedience, agility, speed, and cattle handling ability. In order to test each
one of the above qualities that make up a highly trained working horse, the competition has four corresponding phases the first three must be in ever event. Working Dressage ( arena flat work) Ease of Handling (obstacle course) Speed (timed obstacle course) The 4th stage of Cattle Handling is only included at the higher level competitions or championships so anyone no matter their skill level, riding style or the breed and training of their horse may compete locally and have fun!
Here is a photo of Sue Watkins the Director of USAWEA riding in a recent clinic. This could be you too!! What better New Year's resolution then to spend more time with your horse, learning the amazing sport of Working Equitation. Contact us about clinics in your area.
Thank You to our great USAWEA photographer. E Ruiz Photography for the pictures of our USAWEA shows and clinics. Pictures below are from WAWE International Championships in Europe.