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Working Equitation Basics

There’s something for every horse and rider at any level with Working Equitation. Everyone can be competitive within their level.

Levels for Everyone (Novice to Pro)

Children
This level is limited to riders 8 to 13 years of age. There is a separate Dressage Trial and Ease of Handling trial for this level. Walk and trot only.
Introductory (Level 1)
Is designed for green riders and/or horses or those new to Working Equitation. A Canter not is required/allowed in the dressage trial or the Ease of Handling trial. Two hands may be used on the reins. There is no speed round for Introductory riders.

Novice A & B (Levels 2 & 3)
This level is for riders progressing in their Working Equitation development. The Canter is required in the Dressage and in Ease of Handling trials. Lead changes are done through the trot. Two hands may be used on the reins. Novice A requires that riders walk or trot obstacles with a canter in between obstacles. Novice B requires obstacles are cantered unless otherwise specified.

Intermediate A & B (Levels 4 & 5)
This level is for riders progressing in their Working Equitation development. The Canter is required in the Dressage and Ease of Handling trials. Lead changes are done through the walk. Two hands may still be used on the reins.

Advanced (Level 6)
Designed for riders advanced in their Working Equitation training.  Canter is required in the Dressage and Ease of Handling trails.  Changes at canter must be flying changes.  One hand must be used on the reins.  Rider and horse must have earned at least 3 combined percentage Dressage and Ease of Handling scores at the Intermediate level where both Dressage and Ease of Handling scores are at least 60%.  Scores must be under at least two different judges to qualify.

Masters (Level 7)
This level is equal to International level and the requirements equal the international competitiions for adults.  Canter is required in Dressage and Ease of Handling trails.  Changes at canter must be flying changes.  One hand must be used on the reins.  Rider and horse must have earned at least 3 combined percentage Dressage and Ease of Handling scores at the Advanced level where both Dressage and Ease of Handling scores are at least 60%.  Scores must be under at least two different judges to qualify.

Tack and Attire

At this time there is no prescribed tack and attire requirement for the United States.  Attire of the rider and tack of the horse shall be consistent and of a single traditional costume of any discipline.  Mixing of riding traditions is not allowed. 

*Important– all competitors under the age of 18 must wear an ASTM/SEI approved safety helmet.
*There is no penalty for the use of protective headgear or a protective safety vest for the rider in any class.
For complete rules and dressage tests go to: www.ConfederationWE.us