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Working Equitation

Working Equitation is a new equestrian sport that is great fun and quickly gaining popularity around the world.  It was originally designed to showcase the equestrian traditions of cultures that work cattle from horseback,  however it has evolved to encompass any culture with equestrian traditions.   It is a beautiful expression of the exquisite partnership that can be developed between horse and rider. 

The sport of Working Equitation involves 4 phases of competition:  Dressage,  Ease of Handling, Speed and Cattle.  The dressage phase is a riding test on the flat, where emphasis is on obedience, transitions, collection and harmony.  The Ease of Handling is a course of obstacles judged on fluidity, obedience, efficiency and style.  The Speed phase is a race through the obstacles,  faults in execution result in time penalties, fastest time wins.  The Cattle phase is a phase that is only seen in team competition, where each team member must cut a specific cow from the herd and the fastest time for the team wins.

Intro to Working Equitation

The Introduction to Working Equitation Clinic is a great place to get started with Working Equitation.   Amy Star manages two day clinics all over the United States, with the assistance of trainers familiar with working equitation.  She welcomes riders of all ages and horses of all breeds to give this fun and challenging sport a try.  It is not necessary to have any experience in working equitation, and all skills levels are welcome. You will learn about the history of the sport,  how to compete in each of the phases,  what the judge is looking for and how to start your horse in learning the sport.  Please contact Amy Star at to schedule a clinic in your area.

Advanced Working Equitation

The Advanced Working Equitation clinic will build upon the skills from the Intro to Working Equitation clinic.  Riders will learn competition strategies, course design, judging criteria and training techniques. It is highly recommended that riders take the intro clinic first,  however riders that are already advanced and with prior approval may participate in the advanced clinic.  At a minimum riders should have the following skills prior to taking the advanced clinic: walk-canter departs in correct leads,  canter-walk transitions, side pass, lateral control of both the shoulder and hip at walk and trot,  familiarity with handling a garrocha pole, varra or rope.

Cost of clinics vary from $280-$450/person for 2 days, minimum of 8 people.

Email Amy Star to schedule a clinic today!