Rules & Dressage Tests

WORKING EQUITATION RULES
WE United licensed competitions are run under the United States Rules for Working Equitation (click on the name to open the complete rules document). These rules were created by a task force comprised of representatives from the three Working Equitation organizations in the USA and represent a collaborative effort to unify the sport across the nation. They were updated, with minor edits, in May of 2017.

Those organizing schooling shows and clinics are encouraged to use these rules to enable competitors to familiarize themselves with the expectations for the sport prior to entering a licensed competition.

RULE EXCEPTION FOR WE UNITED COMPETITIONS

The United States Rules for Working Equitation prohibit horses that have lost sight in both eyes from competing in Working Equitation.

WE United has passed an exception to this rule, allowing horses that have lost sight in both eyes but have demonstrated their capacity to compete safely in WE competitions to be permitted to compete in Dressage, Ease of Handling, and Speed trials in WE United shows.

This exception applies at all competitions licensed by WE United.

WORKING EQUITATION DRESSAGE TESTS
The following Working Equitation dressage tests were approved for use at Working Equitation competitions as of December 8, 2016. Shows licensed by WE United in the competition year December 1, 2016 to November 30, 2017 will use the following Working Equitation dressage tests (click on each link to open):

For information about hosting a WE United licensed competition, or if you have questions, please contact WorkingEquitationUnited@gmail.com.

You can learn more about the Working Equitation Dressage trial, here.

EASE OF HANDLING SCORESHEET
You can download a blank PDF of the Ease of Handling Scorecard by clicking on the following link:

You can learn more about the Ease of Handling trial, here.

RESOURCES FOR SHOW ORGANIZERS
Show managers of WE United licensed competitions will be sent Excel files to assist with electronic scoring of Dressage and Ease of Handling and competition placing if they request them via email: WorkingEquitationUnited@gmail.com.

RULE CHANGE PROPOSALS
WE United welcomes member input on our rules.  If you are a WE United member and would like to make a suggestion for a change to the rules, please CLICK HERE to fill out the online Rule Change Proposal form.

Or, if you prefer, you may use the Rule Change Proposal form included in the rules and email that to WE United at WorkingEquitationUnited@gmail.com.

All rule change proposals must be received by October 31, to enable sufficient time for research and deliberation on all proposals received. If changes to the rules are made, updated rules will be published prior to the start of the new competition season, which begins December 1 of each year.

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