The CONFEDERATION FOR WORKING EQUITATION
is a unified governing body for the development and further promotion of
Working Equitation in the United States
The “Confederation,” a Federal 501c3 nonprofit membership driving organization dedicated to the sport of Working Equitation in the USA. It is the culmination of the two founding U.S. Working Equitation organizations and includes several active Group Member organizations and hundreds of members. The strengths of each founding organization (WEIAUSA and USFWE), which include event organization, judging accreditation, individual memberships, group memberships, horse recordings, high point and medals programs, youth programs, show sponsorship, among others, were considered in creating an alliance that will serve to better facilitate 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 hope that you will join us as a member, a volunteer, sponsor and/or as an exhibitor.
The Confederation programs include:
High point and medals programs
A National Rulebook
Building a National and International Team
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!