About the Sport

Dressage Trial

The first of the Working Equitation trials is the Dressage trial. During this trial, the horse and rider ride a pattern of movements prescribed by the official test for their level. WE dressage tests are performed in a 20 x 40 meter “short court”. The judge scores each movement on a scale of 0-10, and provides Collective Marks at the conclusion of the test for gaits, impulsion, submission, rider and presentation.

Ease of Handling

Ease of Handling (EOH) is the second trial comprising a Working Equitation competition. The EOH trial is required at all performance levels–Introductory, Novice A/B, Intermediate A/B, Advanced, and Masters.

As with the Dressage trial, the judge scores each obstacle on a scale of 0-10 and also provides Collective Marks for transitions/navigation, gaits, impulsion, submission, and rider.

Speed Trial

The third trial in a  Working Equitation competition is the Speed trial. This is a test of a horse and rider’s ability to navigate obstacles with accuracy as quickly as possible. It is thrilling to watch!

The Speed trial is first encountered by horse/rider pairs competing at the Novice A level. Riders soon learn that precision in the obstacles, coupled with strategic course lines, translate to winning speed rounds.  

Cattle Trial

During the Cattle trial, a team of three or four riders work together as each rider separates a designated cow from the herd and moves it across the enclosure to a holding pen.

The Cattle trial is not always offered at WE competitions, but it is a crowd and competitor favorite when it is available. Riders use the same tack/attire for this trial as they did for Dressage, EOH, and Speed.

About the Organization

USAWE is a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Colorado and  federally recognized in October 2021 as a 501(c)(3) organization (see IRS approval letter here).
USAWE was formed in 2020, when WE United and the Confederation for Working Equitation consolidated into a single national organization. The decision to merge into USAWE was unanimously supported by the Boards of both prior WE organizations.
The merger is the culmination of many months of work, and we are excited about the future! Since the merger USAWE continues to grow the sport in the United States and was accepted in March of 2022 as a member country of the World Association of Working Equitation.

About WAWE

World Association of Working Equitation (WAWE) 


Working Equitation started as a discipline in the mid-1990’s with four countries: Italy, Spain, France and Portugal.  Currently, the World Association of Working Equitation now has 22 countries and a growing number of participants worldwide.
An International World Working Equitation Championship Show is hosted every four years by a different county. This sport is of great importance in the global equestrian world, not only for the number of riders who captivate different age groups but also for the variety of breeds competing.
WAWE is the sole international authority responsible for governing Working Equitation internationally. WAWE fosters the development of Working Equitation worldwide. Click Here to visit the World Association for Working Equitation website to learn more about our sport at the international level.

About Our Logo

The logo represents the four trials of Working Equitation and highlights the diversity for which the sport is known in the United States.

  • The first image depicts a mule, being ridden in Western tack and attire in the Dressage trial.
  • The second image showcases an Iberian horse in traditional Iberian tack and attire performing in the EOH trial.
  • The third image shows a horse of indeterminate breeding and a rider in English tack and attire, competing in the Speed trial.
  • Together, all three riders represent a team competing together in the Cattle trial. Although the cow is not shown directly, the three teammates are working in concert. The image is intended to elicit the feeling of excitement and movement as the team moves their designated cow toward the holding pen to the far right, off the page. (Think of it as a “silent cow”, much as the letter “e” at the end of a word is often referred to as “the silent ‘e'” in recognition of its existence without being read aloud).

USAWE Logo design by Alexandra Crippen of Crippen Designs

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