CONFEDERATION FOR WORKING EQUITATION

is a unified governing body  for the development and further promotion of

Working Equitation in the United States

The “Confederation” is a Federal 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the sport of Working Equitation in the USA. It is the culmination of a joint effort by USFWE and WEIAUSA, the two founding WE organizations in the USA. The Confederation is comprised of Group Member organizations as well as hundreds of individual members across the USA. The Confederation has programs in event organization, judging accreditation, individual memberships, group memberships, horse recordings, high point and medals programs, youth programs, show sponsorship, among others, to meet the needs of current and future members.

The Confederation is a growing, positive organization which needs and values all of its individuals and members. The Confederation is dedicated to growing Working Equitation in the USA and we hope that you will join us as a member, a volunteer, sponsor and/or as an exhibitor!

 The Confederation programs include:  

  • Event organization

  • Licensing body for shows

  • Education

  • Judging accreditation

  • High point and medals programs

  • Youth programs

  • Show sponsorship

  • A National Rulebook

  • A National Show

  • Group Memberships

  • individual Memberships

  • Building a National and International Team


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What is Working Equitation?

Working Equitation, a sport originating in Europe and gaining popularity throughout the world, is a competition for horses that work in the field. It promotes the various equitation techniques in countries that use the riding horse to work on ranches and farms. Its goal is to preserve and promote the cultural traditions, tack, and riding attire of each country.

Working Equitation is comprised of four trials:  Dressage, Ease of Handling with obstacles, Speed with obstacles, and Cows (Cattle Handling). The fourth trial is offered when available for team competitions.

Any breed of horse can compete in Working Equitation. The only requirement is that the horse be agile, bold, and responsive to direction from the rider.  Riders from any discipline can compete, e.g., dressage, eventing, reining, trail, and anything in between.

There are a number of performance levels in a competition, from Children to Masters. The number and complexity of dressage movements and obstacles increase with the levels. Horses may be ridden with one hand or two at the lower levels, but in the Advanced and Masters level, all trials must be executed with the rider using one hand.

Competitions are held throughout the United States at a variety of levels: schooling shows, A- and B-rated shows, regional championships, and national championships. The number of competitions in the U.S. increases each year.

Working Equitation is a sport that’s enjoyable for the horse, the rider, and the spectator. No matter what your riding discipline or breed of horse, we hope you will join us to share in the fun and excitement!

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