WORKING EQUITATION LEVELS

LEAD LINE - TRAINING LEVEL

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  Purpose in Working Dressage and Maneability phases is 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 predominately two hands on the reins. Handler must be an adult with a lead attached to the cavesson, headstall or double clip lead on the horse at all times whilst the competitor is mounted. The competing

rider may be assisted by their handler if needed. There is no speed phase for this level. No whip is allowed. No spurs allowed. The Lead Line rider completes only two phases, the Working Dressage Phase and the Maneability phase. The Working Dressage and Maneability phases are to be ridden at a walk, trot or halt where appropriate. Organising Committees may limit the age of Lead Line riders. Any rider competing in Lead Line may not compete in any other level. All Lead Line riders are required to wear an approved helmet at all times when mounted. If a rider is mounted without a helmet it is cause for immediate elimination.

INTRODUCTORY - TRAINING LEVEL

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  Purpose in all phases is to introduce new riders/combinations to Working Equitation competition in an inviting and educational atmosphere. To be ridden predominately using two hands on the reins, and in walk and sitting or rising trot (may be a combination of both).

Progressive transitions are encouraged (transitions into and out of the halt may be made through the walk). While the horse does not have to be on the bit or round in the top line, the horse would show acceptance of the connection from the leg to the elastic hand without undue resistance. The walk and trot should be energetic and ground covering but without losing balance. Any age rider may compete at this level. Horse must be 3 years of age or over. Working Dressage test is walk and trot. Maneability is walk and trot. Any canter strides will be penalised, and more than 3 full canter strides will incur elimination. There is no Speed phase for this level. Clubs may run a second Maneability phase. There is no Cattle phase for this level.

PARTICIPANT PRELIMINARY - TRAINING LEVEL

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Participant Preliminary - Level 3. Purpose in all phases is to test the correct training of the Preliminary Working Equitation Horse. This level has been introduced for horses who are ready to execute some canter but are not ready

to canter a full course. It is suggested that the Maneability course directives should read ‘all obstacles and in between is trot’. Then add where canter is required. (see Appendix 11) To be predominately ridden with two hands on the reins and in sitting or rising trot (may be a combination of both).   Transitions up and down MAY be progressive (canter-trot-walk) or canter-walk transitions. The horse should be in acceptance of the connection from the leg to an elastic

hand showing a round outline. The walk, trot and canter should be energetic and ground covering but without losing balance. In the Speed phase any and all gaits, transitions or changes are acceptable.  Horse must be 4 years of age or over.

 All phases are walk, trot and canter. 

PRELIMINARY COMPETITOR LEVEL

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Purpose in all phases is to test the correct training of the Preliminary Working Equitation Horse. To be predominately ridden with two hands on the reins and in sitting or rising trot. Transitions up and down MAY be progressive (may be

through walk or trot). The horse should be in acceptance of the connection from the leg to an elastic hand showing a round outline. The walk, trot and canter should be energetic and ground covering but without losing balance. In the Speed phase any and all gaits, transitions or changes are acceptable.

Horse must be 4 years of age or over. Working Dressage is walk, trot and canter. Maneability phase is walk and canter, with progressive or walk changes.

PARTICIPANT DEBUTANTE W - TRAINING LEVEL

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As per the Rule Book  for individual obstacles and Competitor Level

DEBUTANTE W COMPETITOR LEVEL

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Purpose in all phases is to test the correct progression of the horse's training at Debutant W Level and to introduce lateral work, walk through changes and counter canter. To be ridden predominantly 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. In the Speed phase any and all gaits, transitions or changes are acceptable. Horses must be 4 years of age or older.  Working Dressage is walk, trot and canter. Maneability phase is

walk and canter.

PARTICIPANT DEBUTANTE F - TRAINING LEVEL

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 As per the Rule Book  for individual obstacles and Competitor Level 

DEBUTANTE F COMPETITOR LEVEL

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Purpose in all phases is to test the correct progression of the training at Debutant F and to introduce flying changes. To be ridden in sitting trot predominantly using 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. In the speed phase any and all gaits, transitions or changes are acceptable.  Horses must be 5 years of age or older. Working Dressage is walk, trot and canter. Maneability phase is walk and canter.

CONSAGRADOS 2 COMPETITOR LEVEL

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Purpose in all phases is to test the correct progression of training at Consagrados 2. The horse now accepts and responds readily to the aids of the rider. To be ridden predominantly using two hands in sitting trot. This level

has greater degree of engagement and collection than at Debutant F. In the Speed phase any and all gaits, transitions or changes are acceptable. Horses must be 6 years of age and older. Working Dressage phase is walk, trot and canter. Maneability is walk and canter.

CONSAGRADOS 1 COMPETITOR LEVEL

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Purpose in all phases is to test the correct progression of training at Consagrados 1 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. In the speed phase any and all gaits, transitions or changes are acceptable. 10.5.1 Horses must be 6 years of age and older.  Working Dressage phase is walk, trot and canter. Maneability  phases is walk and canter. The reins will be held in one hand for the duration of the test,  however momentary adjustment of the reins is permitted.    Using two hands on the reins (apart from a momentary adjustment)

will incur elimination.

MASTERS

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 Purpose in all phases is to test the correct training of the Masters level horse, resulting in physical and mental soundness. The horse is now at the highest level and is showing the result of correct and progressive training and quality riding. The horse is on the aids and is in a consistent balance, showing softness and roundness. To be ridden in sitting trot and with one hand. In the speed phase any and all gaits, transitions or changes are acceptable. Horses must be 6 years of age or older. Working Dressage phase is walk, trot and canter.  Maneability phase is walk and canter. The reins will be held in one hand for the duration of the test, however momentary adjustment of the reins is permitted. Using two hands on the reins (apart from a momentary adjustment) will incur elimination.

CHILD - YOUTH & JUNIOR DIVISIONS

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Competitions may include divisions for Youth, Junior and children - conditions apply - proof of age required.


Child under 12 on the first day of competition

Junior – 12 and under 16 on the first day of competition

Youth –16 years to under 21 years on the first day of competition