Working Equitation is a sport based on a working performance horse - has its origins from Italy, Spain and Portugal and is well established in Europe.
It has proven very popular in the North East area and Victoria has 4 clubs curently affiliated with Australian National Working Equitation; Equitation NE Vic inc., Macedon Ranges WE, Central Vic WE and South West WE in the Port Fairey area. Woking Equitation North East Victoria (WENEV), was formed in 2015 and now has 70 members.
Its members comprise of riders and horses from varied backgrounds and abilities who enjoy getting together to learn and train. This is part of the appeal to many – riders who prominently ride and compete in particular horse sports are coming together to share their skills and learn from each other. It is open, inclusive and fun for all riders, from all backgrounds and all kinds of horses.
Working Equitation is a 4 phased competition comprising of a Dressage phase, an ease of handling phase - Maneability, which is judged on both style and then on speed and a Team Cattle Phase simila to a team penning. The dressage component comprises of a working dressage test in which horse and rider demonstrate their level of training and accuracy in the particular required movements. In Maneability riders negotiate a course of obstacles based on elements which they may encounter out in the open, such as opening a gate, crossing a bridge or negotiating a stock pen. The obstacle course is designed to demonstrate the manoeuvrability and technical skill of horse and rider. In the team cattle phase riders work together as a team of 4 to cut, draft and pen cattle with in a set time.
Woking Equitation North East Victoria has been working hard over the last few months to present Victorias second 4 phase competition following on from the success of the fist one last year. This year the event has extended its entries and will be run over two days with day 1 at Oxley Recreation Reserve and Day 2 at Forges Farm Oxley. Spectator’s are welcome and entries are still open.
The club is exited to be hosting competitors who have entered from all over Victoria and right up into Mudgee NSW. We anticipate the competition will be a great show case of what the sport has to offer.
WENEV held the first of a series of proposed 2 day training and comps at forges farm in oxley 28/29th July. To cater for riders who are more interested in training and getting together socially and / or comp with the aim of appealing to the broad range of riders who make up the club. This is also as result of the club dealing with increasing numbers into the 2018/19 membership year. It was a fantastic (wintery!) weekend which saw around 25 people train in both working dressage and obstacles on Saturday and 24 odd competitors on the Sunday. Full results will be available soon.
WENEV would like to thank all the hard working WE North East Vic Inc Club members for their tireless work preparing, setting up and running the comp - we thank all the sponsors and supporters who generously provided beautiful prizes for all the various categories and all the riders locally and interstate who came to ride. ANWE Vic was represented with riders from 3 of our 4 victorian clubs and we hope to see a few more in the 2018/19 membership year
From Therese Currie - Hi to everyone, thanks for a wonderful Cattle training day, it was great to see new members participating as well as the old faithful members. Great to have a support crew on the ground (even if we were wishing we were in there participating) Great to see members who make a big effort to come to these rallies traveling from 15 mins away to 3 hours, with out you attending these days wouldnt go ahead. Big thank you to Sabine Helsper for the donation of our lucky stable door prize won by Paula Rhodes
Sat night was a social informal get together at Chiltern Pub - Saddle demonstration presented by Andrew Simms and a great information presented by Di Snow Equine Therapy.
On Sunday many WENEV members enjoyed a cold wintery day at Cornish Town developing their EOH skills on the obstacles. Thanks to everyone who made the weeekend successful.