Working Equitation

Working Equitation is one of the fastest growing riding competitions and oldest riding disciplines in the world. Working Equitation is what horsemen in all countries with a tradition of handling cattle from horseback do on a daily basis.  It is now a competitive sport anyone can participate in, from beginner to advanced level riders. A multi-faceted equestrian sport whose fundamental purpose is to promote using the traditional styles of working cattle from horseback used in different countries while displaying a high degree of training and unity between horse and rider.

Working Equitation Competitions give horsemen from all countries an opportunity to test the skills and abilities of both the horse and rider for the qualities needed in a working environment.  It promotes good horsemanship and stockmanship while allowing people to ride in the traditional tack and attire of their heritage. This makes it as fun to watch as it is to compete.


The main requirements for Working Equitation are obedience, agility, speed, and cattle handling ability. In order to test each

one of the above qualities that make up a highly trained working horse, the competition has four corresponding phases the first three must be in ever event. Working Dressage ( arena flat work) Ease of Handling (obstacle course) Speed (timed obstacle course) The 4th stage of Cattle Handling is only included at the higher level competitions or championships so anyone no matter their skill level, riding style or the breed and training of their horse may compete locally and have fun!

Allison DeSousa on my Haflinger, Elsa.

Karen Young showing Sec. B Welsh Pony, Kacey Prom Queen

Kacey Prom Queen, 2016 WPCAC Welsh Pony Show.

Kacey Prom Queen with 5 year old Payton.