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Working Equitation

Working Equitation is a versatile discipline within the equestrian sport. It originated in Southern Europe from traditional working with cattle in countries such as Portugal, France, Italy and Spain. Today it’s a serious competitive sport worldwide, in which rider and horse show their level of dressage training in four different competition components, partly in combination with practice-oriented obstacles.

The sport does not only stem from working with horses in the field, the traditions and work dressage still form a living basis for every component. A good dressage base is necessary when driving the trails and the cattle.

Horses must be light on the aids, agile and courageous; for example, while working with cattle, a little help should suffice, if you have to ask something three times, the cow has already escaped. In the highest class (Masters), all competition components are ridden one-handed.

A Working Equitation competition consists of four parts: a dressage test, an obstacle course ridden by style (the style trail), the same course but then ridden on time (speed trail) and cattle driving.

Horse Stuff & more has an excellent selection of Working Equitation saddles for you. Look in our webshop for more information.

Picture credits Wendy Könings of Traje Corto, your address for traditional Spanish clothing

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