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.
- All levels.
- Performed at a Walk
- 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.