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 nineteen 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 or an exhibitor.
The Confederation programs include:
High point and medals programs
A National Rulebook
Building a National and International Team
What is Working Equitation?
While Working Equitation is a well-known discipline in Europe, it is growing popularity in the United States. Working Equitation was founded in Portugal, Spain, France and Italy, but quickly expanded to Sweden, Germany, the UK and Brazil. The discipline of Working Equitation was created to promote the different types of equitation techniques developed in countries that used the riding horse to work on farms, ranches and with livestock.
American horsemen of all disciplines are embracing the new sport of Working Equitation. Horsemen riding every breed of horse and any discipline from Classical Dressage to Western Cow Horses are trying their hand at the precision and unity of horse and rider needed to excel at Working Equitation.
Working Equitation is comprised of four phases, including working dressage, ease of handling with obstacles, speed obstacles and cattle handling. Working Equitation is a sport steeped in history, as the goal is to preserve and carry on the cultural traditions of each country and its horses. At the International level, the advanced riders must ride with the reins only in one hand but at the lower levels may ride with both hands. This discipline is based on horses working on the ranch, with cattle and in the fields--so the rider will need the other hand to manipulate equipment.
Apart from the foundation dressage training needed, the horses also need to be agile and bold – horses that you could use in the field for opening gates, crossing over bridges and herding cattle. This competition allows the outdoor country atmosphere into the confines of an arena, which makes it a very popular spectator as well as rider sport.
No matter what your riding discipline or breed of horse we hope you join us in Working Equitation!