2019/2020 MEMBERSHIP YEAR STARTS JULY 2019


About Working Equitation

The discipline of Working Equitation was created with the objective of promoting the different types of equitation techniques developed in countries that use the horse to work on the farm, with the aim to preserve and perpetuate not only this type of equitation but also the cultural traditions of each country and their horses. 


Australian National Working Equitation Ltd has adopted these principals from the World Association for Working Equitation and endeavours to uphold these objectives. It is the mission of Australian National Working Equitation Ltd to promote and develop the discipline throughout Australia; upholding the ideals and the philosophies of classical working dressage and traditional horsemanship, offering a nurturing, caring environment for riders, regardless of choice of breed of horse, tack or attire. Australian National Working Equitation Ltd  places an emphasis on harmony between horse and rider and the quality of training and riding. Australian National Working Equitation Ltd demands humane, correct and progressive training and conditioning of the horse resulting in physical and mental soundness.


WORKING EQUITATION PHASES

Phase 1: Working Dressage

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Riders showcase the partnership and their level of training in a working dressage test conducted on a 40 x 20 metre dressage arena.

Phase 2 & 3: Maneability

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Riders negotiate a course of obstacles which replicate what they would encounter doing farm or stock work, or out on a ride. Phase 2 features manoeuvrability while phase 3 is a showcase of speed.

Phase 4: Team cattle yarding

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Working Equitation features a unique cattle event which is something of a cross between cutting, drafting and team yarding. Riders work as a team of 4 to showcase the versatility of their working horse. 

ANWEl grading for competion snapshot

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Level 1: Lead Line - ANWEl Rule book 10.1

  • Introduction to WE for beginner riders, Dressage and Maneability only 
  • Snaffle bit only, adult handler with lead attached at all times - handler can assist rider
  • Horse must be 4yo + over, OC may limit min age of riders in comp
  • walk, trot and halt 
  • Participation Grade only; OC may or may not award phase placings / Championships  

Level 2: Introductory - ANWEl Rule Book 10.2

  • Introduction for new riders / horses. Participation grade 
  • Request can be made to OC of a comp for a rider to be ASSISTED to allow a transition from L1
  • walk and trot, no canter - 2 handed
  • Drssage and Maneability (no speed no cattle) The host club may offer 2 x maneability rounds
  • Horse 3yo + over
  • Participation Grade only; OC may or may not award phase placings / championships  

Level 3: Preliminary - 2 Grades - ANWEl Rule Book 10.3

  • Horses / riders starting to demonstrate connection and balance
  • Walk, trot and canter  - 2 handed. Siting or rising trot 
  • Transitions can be progressive (ie from halt through walk to trot / canter through trot to walk)
  • Riders refer to course directives for course designers specific requirements 
  • 3 and/or 4 Phases (comp OC may or may not offer Cattle to Preliminary Participant grade)
  • Horse 4yo + over
  • Preliminary Competitor Grade in-cures points with Championship awarded
  • Preliminary Participation Grade ; OC may or may not award placings / Championships  

Level 4: Debutante W - 2 Grades - ANWEl Rule Book 10.4

  • Combination demonstrating correct training, acceptance of aides and more engagement
  • Working Dressage is walk trot and canter
  • Maneabilty phase is walk and canter with WALK through lead changes
  • 2 handed. Siting or rising trot 
  • Deb W Competitor Grade in-cures points with Championship awarded
  • Deb W Participation Grade ; OC may or may not award placings / Championships  
  • Horse 5yo + over. 3 and/or 4 phases

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Level 5: Debutante F - 2 Grades - ANWEl Rule Book 10.5

  • Combination demonstrating correct training, acceptance of aides and more engagement
  • Working Dressage is walk trot and canter
  • Maneabilty phase is walk and canter with FLYING lead changes
  • 2 handed. Sitting trot
  • Deb F Competitor Grade in-cures points with Championship awarded
  • Deb F Participation Grade ; OC may or may not award placings / Championships  
  • Horse 5yo + over. 3 and/or 4 phases

Level 6: Consagrados 2 - ANWEl Rule Book 10.6

  • Combination demonstrating correct, progressive training, Horse responds readily to aides with a greater degree of collection 
  • Working Dressage is walk trot and canter
  • Maneabilty phase is walk and canter 
  • 2 handed. Sitting trot
  • Compettion Grade only  in-cures points with Championship awarded
  • Horse 6yo + over. 3 and/or 4 phases

Level 7: Consagrados 1 - ANWEl Rule Book 10.7

  • Combination demonstrating correct, progressive training, Horse responds readily to aides with a greater degree of collection 
  • Working Dressage is walk trot and canter
  • Maneabilty phase is walk and canter 
  • 1 handed. Sitting trot
  • Compettion Grade only in-cures points with Championship awarded
  • Horse 6yo + over. 3 and/or 4 phases

Level 8: Masters - ANWEl Rule Book 10.8

  • Horse and rider now at the highest level 
  • Working Dressage is walk trot and canter
  • Maneabilty phase is walk and canter 
  • 1 handed. Sitting trot
  • Compettion Grade only in-cures points with Championship awarded
  • Horse 6yo + over. 3 and/or 4 phases

For details and rules

ANWE RULE BOOK