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Working Equitation

Equestrian discipline on the rise

The Working Equitation is a young equestrian discipline that has developed from the tradition of Southern European working horsemanship. The first European championship in this discipline took place in Spain as early as 1996 and since then it has become increasingly popular throughout Europe, including Germany.

Classes and sub-disciplines in the Working Equitation

As in conventional competition sport in Germany, there are also classes E to S in the Working Equitation , whereby the letter W is still placed in front of the respective class.

In the classes WE and WA, the competition test consists of two sub-tests: a dressage task and a dressage or style trail.

In the classes WL, WM and WS (also known as Masterclass), two further partial tests are added: the Speedtrail and the Cattle Test.

The obstacles of the trail competitions are inspired by the daily challenges of work riding in the field. For example, the tests may require crossing a bridge, opening and closing a gate or riding in and around a pen.

Working Equitation Herd

A typical task in the trail is the opening and closing of a gate. In this case, the gate is replaced by a string. The obstacle was completed during a class WA test.

Working Equitation Gate

Who is Working Equitation suitable for?

In principle, all breeds and riding styles are welcome at Working Equitation . Of course, you see many Iberian horses, such as Lusitanos and PREs, at Working Equitation competitions in Germany. But also warmbloods, western and gaited horses and small horse breeds such as Haflingers or Welsh Cobs are successfully represented at the shows. Due to the various sub-disciplines, which demand different skills from the horse, each horse can usually shine in one sub-test and thus compensate for any weaknesses in another sub-test.

A well-founded, gymnastic dressage training of the horse is in any case the best basis. And even if the goal is not to compete, riding individual trail obstacles in daily training is a welcome change and a check on the horse's gymnastic training.

Equipment and outfit in the Working Equitation

In principle, any functional equipment suitable for horse and rider is suitable for daily training in the Working Equitation .

There are several options to choose from when entering a competition. On the one hand, riders can opt for a specific style of a working riding outfit. This means, for example, that horse and rider wear a Portuguese or Spanish style outfit. On the other hand, German riders can also follow the general national recommendation of Working Equitation Deutschland e.V.. In general, more subdued colours should be chosen. Thus, the horse may wear horse boots or bandages in all competitions except dressage, but only in the colours black or brown.

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