Levels for every rider

Each level has an increased degree of difficulty with more
obstacles in the Maneability and/or speed phases

Lead Line - (Australian Training Level)

To introduce beginner riders to Working Equitation in a safe environment with correct equitation and training. To be ridden on the lead line in a snaffle bridle using two hands on the reins. Handler must be an Adult with a lead attached to the horse at all times whilst mounted. Rider can be assisted by Handler if needed. ANWE welcomes disabled riders.

Introductory - (Australian Training Level)

Australian Training Level introduces the beginner rider or new working equitation rider to Working Equitation competition in an inviting and educational atmosphere. To be ridden using two hands on the reins, and in walk and trot. Transitions into and out of the halt may be made through the walk. The horse would show acceptance of the connection from the leg to the elastic hand without undue resistance.

Preliminary

To be ridden with two hands and in sitting or rising trot. Transitions up and down MAY be progressive. The horse should be in acceptance of the connection from the leg to an elastic hand showing the start of a round outline. The walk, trot and canter should be energetic and ground covering but without losing balance.

Debutante W

To test the correct progression of the horse's training and to introduce lateral work, walk through changes and counter canter. To be ridden using two hands on the reins, and in sitting or rising trot. The horse should now be reliably in acceptance of the aids, with more engagement and with a rounded and more uphill balance in the working gaits than at Preliminary level.

Debutante F

To test the correct progression of the training at Debutant F and to introduce the flying changes. To be ridden in sitting trot, with two hands. The horse now accepts and responds readily to the aids of the rider. This level has greater levels of engagement and collection than at Debutant W Level.

Consagrados 2

To test the correct progression of the training at the Consagrados 2. The horse now accepts and responds readily to the aids of the rider. To be ridden in sitting trot. This level has greater degree of engagement and collection than at Debutant F.

Consagrados 1

To test the correct progression of the training at the Consagrados1 level and to test the consistency and balance of the Consagrados 1 level horse. The horse now accepts and responds readily to the aids of the rider, is in a consistent balance and is ridden with one hand. To be ridden in sitting trot.

Masters

To test the correct training of the Masters level horse. The horse is now at the highest level and is showing the result of correct and progressive training and quality riding, resulting in physical and mental soundness. The horse is on the aids and is in a consistent balance, showing softness and roundness. Any trot to be ridden sitting.

Please refer to the Rule Book for a full description of each level.

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