USA Working Equitation

the national organization for Working equitation in the USA

Fostering a Supportive Community of Riders and Building a Strong Future for the Sport

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USA Working Equitation

Thanks for your interest in learning more about USA Working Equitation. You will find lots of resources and information to help you get started in this exciting sport.

USAWE is recognized by the World Association for Working Equitation as the governing body for the sport of Working Equitation in the United States of America.  See our listing here.

You might be wondering what makes Working Equitation different than other equine sports. 

First, as an organized sport, Working Equitation is unique and distinct from other equine sports because it promotes the distinctive equestrian traditions, tack, and attire of all cultures and nations within every competition.

No matter what the outfit, the sport of Working Equitation has at its heart the development of a harmonious horse-and-rider relationship. It does this through the disciplines of classical dressage and useful ranch work.

USA Working Equitation oversees the Rules for Working Equitation competitions, and offers many opportunities for its members to advance in their horsemanship.

Finally, Working Equitation provides a way to have fun while you work on improving your horsemanship and partnership with your horse. It is friendship and community with others in the same pursuit that makes the sport of Working Equitation such a fun activity!

We invite you to give Working Equitation a try and see why so many people and equines love it!

USA Working Equitation

Becky Sherven riding Lena at the June 2022 Working Equitation Show hosted by The Sunrise Ranch, a USAWE Affiliate Organization.  Photographer: Neil Dymesich

Why We Love Working Equitation

I LOVE that all breeds can be competitive. That teaching the obstacles gives Dressage exercises “purpose” to the horse and “meaning” to the riders. They get instant feedback if their training is on the right track because you either make it around an obstacle with symmetry and balance…or you don’t. And we get to work cattle!!!!!
Nicole Chastain Price


Personally, I love the diversity of the training for the various trials. It challenges me to think, plan, and develop quieter, clearer aids for my horse. I LOVE the fact that WE brings together many like minded riders who are accepting of a wide range of riding styles whose main goal is to have harmony with the horse and to have fun with our horses!
Biddie Lowry


The different layers of training involved, attract me. I like the dressage work, have competed in obstacle challenges, now I can combine the two. I also like the diversity of people, horses and discipline. The absolute best part is the supportive community. It’s such fun to be involved in a sport where people cheer each other on and console each other when a ride doesn’t go as planned.
Jan Harris


I love how the horses participate and feel proud when they are confident with their job at the obstacles. I enjoy the partnership formed from training and participation in WE.
Cari Schwartz


I am a professional dressage rider, and WE is highly complimentary to dressage. I use it to work on flying changes and collection. It’s fun for the horses, and it gives riders a purpose.
Emilie Laval


Thank you to the WE Organization and the all the people involved. Friendships have developed this year that I am truly grateful for, and could have never imagined happening. I’ve never been involved in a showing environment where my cheeks hurt from laughing so hard, my brain hurts from all the memorization, everyone is so supportive for each other, and horsemanship is truly tested.
Michelle Lackey


Gaited horses can compete with non- gaited horses. Fun to train for and love the challenges!
Gayl Raye

South Carolina

I love, love, love the people – seriously, it is the best and most supportive community! I also feel like it is an inclusive discipline. You can be successful and have fun even without the most expensive horse or a particular breed or without being in the best physical shape yourself. There is so much variety that there is always something to learn and no horse or person is going to be naturally great with all of it.
Sara Barnwell


The people that this sport attracts seem to put the horse first. There are no gimmicks, only desire to improve horsemanship and communication with the horse. All horse types and riding disciplines are included. No matter your choice, there is something to be learned by observation and appreciation of the others. There will always be a challenge to improve at every outing, and as one progresses through the levels. The correlation of the phases gives purpose to the skills we strive for. Our judges are so knowledgeable, fair, and encouraging to each exhibitor. They also spend their time offering many learning opportunities to those interested in the sport.
Elena Juarez


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