The New Rules are Out

The United States Rules for Working Equitation, a new rule book used by all three Working Equitation Organizations have been finalized and are available in complete PDF Versions on each organization website.

Each organization had to make some concessions for this rule set, so you as an individual may not be 100% happy with everything contained here, but keep in mind another rider who has performed under an earlier version or another organization may have some displeasure with the changes as well.  That’s the thing about change, it is inevitable, and not everyone is happy about it, but if everybody is just a little unhappy, then this committee did a great job.  Having quite a lot of familiarity with all three prior rule books I am surprised how well the committee managed to keep synchronicity with the prior books and coordinate those attributes within the new set. WEIA

The most immediate change evident for WEIAUSA and WE United riders are the change in the Performance Levels descriptions.  There are now seven performance levels plus Children.  The introduction of the new levels was to permit a smoother transition opportunity for horses that are being developed in the canter changes.  There are also a few new obstacles that are Western in nature, these are only ridden in Levels 1-5.

The levels are now called: Children, Level 1 (Intro), Level 2 (Novice A), Level 3 (Novice B), Level 4 (Intermediate A), Level 5 (Intermediate B), Level 6 (Advanced) and Level 7 (Masters/International) 

Classes up to Level 5 may ride with one or two hands.  Level 6 and Level 7 are one hand only.  Class Levels 1- Level 6 may be offered as Youth, Amateur and Open, and a young horse division is permitted for Level 1, 2 and 3.

Here are overviews of the requirements at each level.  Consult the rule book for more detailed information prior to a competition.  

Children classes are Walk/Trot classes in both Dressage and EOH, either a Sitting or Rising Trot are permitted. During EOH Children are permitted to Walk or Trot between obstacles, Riders are permitted to walk when involved in the Pole Pickup, catching the Ring and Pole deposit.  Riders are permitted to halt to Pick up the Sack and then walk while carrying the sack to the destination.  Excluded obstacles are the Jump, Side Stepping Rails, Backing in the L, Rounding Posts, Riding through a Water filled Ditch, Bank Jump, Drag Item and Herding Animals.  There is no Speed or Cattle Trial.  A very nice Dressage Test has been written for riders at this Level, a test reader may be used.  This class may be offered as Youth, Amateur and Open.

Level 1 is a Walk/Trot class in both Dressage and EOH, either a Sitting or Rising Trot are permitted. Riders are required to Trot between obstacles but are permitted to walk when involved in the Pole Pickup, catching the Ring and Pole deposit.  Riders are permitted to halt to Pick up the Sack and then walk while carrying the sack to the destination.   Excluded obstacles are the Jump, Side Stepping Rails, Backing in the L, Rounding Posts, Riding through a Water filled Ditch, Bank Jump, Drag Item and Herding Animals.  There is no Speed or Cattle Trial.  A very nice Dressage Test has been written for riders at this Level, a test reader may be used.  This class may be offered as Youth, Amateur and Open.USFWEA

Level 2 requires 20 meter Working Canter in the Dressage test, but the test has no lead changes. Sitting or Rising Trot is permitted. During EOH the Canter is required between obstacles but trotting is permitted on the circles and serpentine obstacles.  If Canter lead changes are performed they are permitted through the trot.  All obstacles are required, with several corridor obstacles offering walk-in or trot-in entry options, such as Bell at the End of the Corridor.  The jump is required but may be performed at the Trot.  Riders are permitted to halt to Pick up the Sack and then may move the Sack at the Walk or Trot.  Level 2 is permitted to Walk or Trot in the Livestock Pen.  This level and all higher levels includes the Speed Test and Cattle Trial.  A very nice Dressage Test has been written for riders at this Level and a test reader may be used.  This class may be offered as Youth, Amateur and Open.

Level 3 and all higher levels requires the trot to be ridden while sitting.  Level 3 has 15 meter canters with a change through the trot in the Dressage test.  This level and all higher require the canter to be performed between each obstacle.   Canter is required on all the serpentine and circle obstacles with all canter transitions through the Trot.  Walk or trot is permitted in the Pen and Walk-in or Trot-in entry is permitted on obstacles such as Switching a Glass from one Pole to another and other corridor obstacles. The move a Sack obstacle may be performed at the Trot or Canter but halting to pick up the sack is not permitted.    An excellent Dressage Test has been written for this Level and a test reader may be used. This class may be offered as Youth, Amateur and Open.

Level 4 introduces the rider to a Dressage Test divided with the first half at Walk and Trot including Leg Yields at the Collected Trot.  The second half of the test is performed in the Medium and Collected Canter with 15 and 20 Meter circles. All changes of lead are performed with a simple change (through the walk). This is the only Level with Simple Changes.  All circle and serpentine obstacles are performed with Simple Changes.  The Pen may be performed at a Walk or Canter, and the entry to obstacles like the Backing up in the L may be entered at the Walk or Canter. The Move a Sack is required at the Canter and it must be picked up without a halt.  The Dressage Test must be performed from memory.  This class may be offered as Youth, Amateur and Open.

Level 5 introduces the rider to an excellent Dressage Test divided by Walk, Trot and Canter sections. As to be expected, riders at this level and up are required to employ flying changes during all parts of the Dressage Test and EOH.  The Pen is permitted at the walk or canter, as are the entries into the Bell Corridor and the Backing up in an L.  The entry to Rounding Several objects is required at the canter. The Move a Sack is required at the canter and riders are not permitted to halt to pick up the sack.  This class may be offered as Youth, Amateur and Open.weunitedlogo_hr_rast

Level 6 introduces the requirement to ride one handed at all times. The Dressage test contains nineteen movements, with the first half of the test at the Walk and Trot,  the remainder of the test is in Extended, Medium and Collected Canters describing circles of 20, 15, and 10 meters respectively as well as other movements.  Half pirouettes at the canter are required in both directions. EOH requirements are identical to Level 5.  The Additional Non-WAWE (Move Sack, Drag Item etc.) obstacles are not a requirement at this Level.  This class may be offered as Youth, Amateur and Open.

Level 7, Masters (International Level) The published Dressage Test is the WAWE International 2015 test.  This contains the 18 required Masters Level elements.  All WAWE requirements are mandated at this class level.

Please return soon for more details about the United States Rules for Working Equitation

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