Macarthur Equitation Inc
Working Equitation in Mt Hunter NSW
Join our vibrant and exciting club today!
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For further information on obstacles, rules, levels and competitions, check our events calendar and join an information seminar, a ridden clinic or one of our friendly and enjoyable training days.
We are possibly the ONLY club in Australia or certainly NSW which offers a permanent training course for hire to members and participants.
About the sport
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 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.
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 much 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 every event. Working Dressage (arena flat work) Style/Ease of Handling (obstacle course) Speed (timed obstacle course). The 4th stage of Cattle Phase is a team event and is optional, so anyone no matter their skill level, riding style or the breed and training of their horse may compete locally and have fun!
The objective of the Working Dressage phase is to prepare riders for the challenges presented by obstacles encountered in field work. The goal is to develop the handiness of the horse, and to improve the regularity and correctness of the gaits. Great consideration is given to lightness, energy, relaxation, and roundness of the top line. The WE horse in this phase should appear calm, supple, confident, responsive, and keen, thus demonstrating empathy with and understanding of its rider. These qualities are documented in the collective marks for each test.
Dressage tests are ridden in a 20- by 40-metre arena, which is measured from the inside of the fence.
For levels up to Consagrados, the arena is to be marked with letters on the perimeter. Letter designators are not used for Consagrados tests.
This phase presents obstacles representing difficulties that could normally be encountered in the open countryside. The objective is to show both the rider’s and horse’s capacity for calmness, precision, style, and regularity in performing the obstacles, providing evidence of empathy between the horse and rider. The style of riding resembles closely the form used in Working Dressage. This phase is not timed.
The Speed phase is designed to provide evidence of the rider's coordination and anticipation, and the horse’s qualities of submission, speed, attention, and finesse. The obstacles should be performed as quickly as possible, without any concern for style. The test is judged solely on the time taken to complete the course plus any time adjustments that may accrue for errors.
The riding arena is a rectangle with an ideal minimum dimension of 70 metres by 40 metres. It should be flat and free of stones or objects that could endanger the competitor or horse. Footing must not be hard or slippery.
WAWE (World Association of Working Equitation) uses standard obstacles in international tests. We have included a couple of Australian obstacles.
Garrocha and Ring Pickup
Rein Back Obstacle
Side Pass Pole
Water Filled Ditch
4 Debutante W (walk changes)
5 Debutante F (flying changes)
6 Consagrados 2 (two handed)
7 Consagrados 1 (one handed)
8 Masters 1 handed
President: Ava Pellizzari 0407462495
Event Manager: Margy Withnall 0400406725
Grounds Manager: Sandra Ragazzi 0407877766
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