Rider Levels – Ease of Handling

These are generalized skill expectations  for riders in Ease of Handling per WEIAUSA and USFWE.   Effective January 2015.

  Don’t be too concerned about which organization lets you do what at any particular level.  This is for guidance purposes until you are actually entered in an accredited show.  What is really important is getting both legs over your horse and riding!  You will soon have a really good idea of your strengths and those areas that need work.

  • USFWE Level 1 = Introductory Level in WEIAUSA
  • USFWE Level  2 = Novice in WEIAUSA
  • USFWE Level 3 = about Intermediate in WEIAUSA
  • USFWE Level 4 &5 = appx.  Advanced in WEIAUS
  • USFWE Level  6 =  Masters in WEIAUSA

The following list is a generalization as well.  Again, don’t be too concerned about when you can trot and when you have to canter.   Every rider is welcome to ride in clinics and fun shows to the best of their ability!  Without any arduous requirements.  When you reach Level 5 (Advanced) and plan to take a shot at a national championship you can start taking all this a little more seriously.

  • Level 1 riders will travel between obstacles at the trot
  • Level 2  will travel between obstacles at the trot or canter.
  • Level 3 up will travel between obstacles at the canter.
  • Levels 6 and Masters do all work one handed at the canter.

This is a list of the obstacles  and rider expectations as generally accepted by all groups.    As the training of the horse progresses, the obstacle expectations may change as well.  The following is for Ease of Handling only.  Green text indicates we have an article about the obstacle.

Cross Bridge

  • All levels.
  • Performed at a Walk

Figure 8 

  • Level 1 at  Walk or Trot.
  • Level 2 and 3 at Trot or Canter with simple change.
  • Level 4 up at Canter with flying change.
  • Level 1 – 4, circles can be any size but must be uniform .
  • Level 5 & 6 circles are 10 feet.

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The Phases of Working Equitation Training

 Through Working Equitation training, the horse and rider learn to perform a variety of tasks or obstacle challenges provide a stimulating atmosphere for both the horse an rider.

The goal of Working Equitation for all riders is an improvement and stimulation of the horse through the variety of challenges the horse will face.  As such WE is also a marvelous training discipline for horse and rider from all walks of life.  Because of the variety of skills employed within WE, horses with dressage training are right at home, as would be a horse and rider with jumping, trail riding, ranching and even barrel racing!

There are three primary phases of Working Equitation

Dressage is also referred to as flat work and occasionally as Functionality.  The WE dressage arena is 20X40 meters.  More than once the term Applied Dressage has been described to Working Equitation!

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This and Feature photo, Leslie Martien, Haras Cup 2014
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Leslie Martien photo, Haras Cup 2014

Ease of Handling is occasionally referred to as  “Precision”

Speed test. Needs little definition, though accurate riding is required,  because  time penalties may be applied if an obstacle is knocked over or bumped.

And in some team competitions Cattle Handling  This is similar to Team Sorting or Team Penning.