2018 ANWE NSW State Working Equitation Championships

Event Description:

Working Equitation was founded in Portugal, Spain, France and Italy but quickly280x280_2018ANWE.jpg expanded to Sweden, Germany, the UK and Brazil. The discipline of Working Equitation was created to promote the different types of equitation techniques developed in countries that used the riding horse to work on farms, ranches and with livestock.

Working Equitation came to Australia in 2007 when Gill Kennerley began training people in the discipline (after 6 years training in the U.K.). It is now a fast-growing sport here in Australia!

Horse riders of all disciplines are embracing the new sport of Working Equitation. The European sport which has been an International Competition since 1996 is now taking hold Worldwide. Riders of every breed of and discipline are trying their hand at the precision and unity of horse and rider needed to excel at Working Equitation.

Working Equitation is comprised of four phases, including working dressage, ease of handling with obstacles, speed obstacles and cattle handling. It is a great sport steeped in history as the goal is to preserve and carry on the cultural traditions of each country and their horses.  At the International level, the advanced riders must ride with the reins only in one hand but the lower levels may ride with both hands.  This discipline is based on horses working on the ranch and in the fields.  At the International level each country denotes the rider’s outfit and horse’s tack which should be based on their typical “working dress”.  Lower levels may ride in the tack and attire of their choice.

No matter what your riding discipline or breed of horse, we hope you join us in Working Equitation!

Working Equitation is comprised of four phases;

Working Dressage
Working Dressage phase is to train the horse for the obstacles encountered in the day to day work on the farm. Develop and advance the training, and maintain the regularity and correctness of the paces. Special attention to the lightness, impulsion, relaxation and roundness, as the aim is to ride one hand. 

The Style Phase
Involves the horse and rider negotiating a number of obstacles that test the attributes of the correct training of horse and rider.

All obstacles are numbered in order of execution, with markers indicating the start and finish of each obstacle.

The Speed Phase
Consists of the same obstacles as the Style phase, although usually over a shortened course. This phase is judged solely on the time taken to complete the course with time penalties for errors of course.

Introductory is usually run with optimum time.

Team Cattle Phase

The cattle phase is a timed event & consists of a team of 4 riders. One rider separates an assigned cow from the herd, to a designated pen. Once the chosen cow is separated from the herd, 1 or more team members may assist in herding the cow into the pen, once there, the next team member separates the 2nd cow. (The cow that has been successfully penned can go back to the herd).


Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May 2018.

Stabling and Camping Bookings:

Stabling and camping bookings for this event will open on Thursday 22nd February at 11.00am (daylight savings time) via Nominate - please click here to make a booking.

Stabling for this event will be in D Block.

Bump In for this event is from 2.00pm Friday 11th May - entry to the venue is not permitted prior to this date and time.


Stables - $27.50 per night (minimum 2 night stay)
Tack rooms - $16.00 per night (minimum 2 night stay)
Cleaning Bond - $42.50 per stable - fully refundable if the stable is completely stripped of all bedding prior to departure
Camping - $27.50 per night

Download the venue layout map here.


This is not a ticketed event and entry is free for spectators.

Event Location:

Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre (AELEC)
503 Goonoo Goonoo Road, Tamworth, NSW, 2340

Event Contact Details:

Australian National Working Equitation NSW Inc
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Photos courtesy of ANWE