Working Equestrian Competition

 

Working Equestrian Competition

Working Equestrian Competition Tests Horses and Rider’s Communication and Understanding.

 
Lusitano-Working Equestrian CompetitionWorking Equestrian Competition Test Their Horses and Rider’s Communication and Understanding.   In 1996 a new horse competition was started in Italy.   It is called Working Equestrian Competition.   The first World Championship was held in Beja, Portugal.   This first championship competition was attended by teams from Brazil, Portugal, Italy, Mexico, Spain and the United Kingdom.   It was won both individually and as a team by Portugal.   The idea of the competition is to measure the way horse and rider communicate and act together while doing everyday field work tasks.
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Lusitano-Working Equestrian CompetitionIt is divided in four categories which have been established according to the horse and rider’s experience in competition.   They are Novice, Intermediate, Junior and Advanced.   They all have the same type of exercises but they become more difficult and complicated as the team rises through the levels.   An example of this is that the Advanced Category rider can only use one hand, the left hand, to guide his horse on the course.   The rules and exercises vary a little from country to country when the competitions are local or regional.   But the World Association of Working Equitation (WAWE) has specific rules and exercises for international competitions and championships.
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