Working Equitation competitions are comprised of from 2 to 4 phases of competition. The final result is determined by the totaling the score from all phases. Phase 1 is Dressage, Phase 2 is Ease of Handling (with obstacles) phase 3 is Speed (with obstacles), and Phase 4 is the Livestock Trial.
According to the international World Association for Working Equitation (which was established in 2004), "The Working Equitation discipline aims at promoting competition between different ways of riding used in the fieldwork in various countries."
The WEUSA rules were created for our country's riders along with Internationally accepted rules and imput from the World Association of Working Equitation. Many different tack and attire options are available to WEUSA riders due to the wide range of field and cattle working horses in our country. From the Cracker cattlemen of Florida in their McClellan saddles and bull whips, to the field and plantation horses of the deep south, to the cowpoke who used a long pole to help load the cattle onto rail cars, to the Vaquero of the southwest, to the buckaroo of California, to the Hawaiian Paniolo, WEUSA celebrates them all!
VISION STATEMENT. The vision of the WEUSA is to provide excellent and unbiased organization and leadership for the equestrian sport of Working Equitation in the United States of America. WEUSA promotes the pursuit of correct training and riding in working equitation that protects the welfare of the horse and the rider while providing as safe and as fair a competition as possible in an equestrian sport. WEUSA will support working equitation from the beginning rider to the teams at the Working Equitation World Championships.
MISSION STATEMENT WEUSA will encourage interest in Working Equitation, educate riders in the United States about Working Equitation, educate judges, instructors, and trainers in Working Equitation, and recognize Working Equitation competitions, competitors, and horses. WEUSA will promote the safety and wellbeing of both horse and rider as well as fair and equitable rules and competitions. To accomplish this mission the WEUSA will:
(1) Serve as the National Organization for Working Equitation in the United States of America.
(2) Improve the understanding of Working Equitation through educational clinics, forums, and seminars.
(3) Assist in the formation of Working Equitation team competition between states and with each state having representation in WEUSA.
(4) Educate and regulate Working Equitation judges in the United States.
(5) Recognize excellence in competition, training, and instruction of Working Equitation.
(6) Produce and enforce fair and equitable rules and regulations.
(7) Protect the welfare of the horses through rules and regulations that forbid unsportsmanlike, cruel, and unsafe practices.
(8) Cooperate with the United States Equestrian Federation and the World Association of Working Equitation in matters of common interest.
Vist the Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse website for upcoming WE classes that are open to all breeds!
The livestock working horses, men and women in the USA have deep historic roots tracing back to Spain and the other European settlers of the Americas. Due to the differences in livestock, climate, and cultures, many different styles of tack, attire and animal handling were specialized throughout the USA. WEUSA embraces our equestrian cultural melting pot and allows traditional as well as modern working tack and attire. WEUSA also recognizes the horses, tack, and attire of other nations that particiate in working equitation.
The four founder countries of Working Equitation were Portugal, Spain, France, and Italy. Now this discipline is practiced in many countries like Sweden, Germany, United Kingdom, Brazil,and now in the United States! Each country has it's own rules for it's National levels but the rules for International competitions are the same for all countries.