USAWE Competitions Manual

This Manual includes requirements for show organizers and managers in planning and conducting a show licensed with USA Working Equitation (USAWE).

Competitor Feedback Form

Help improve competitions by providing feedback we can share with competition organizers.

Competition organizers work hard to provide opportunities for our members to participate in high-quality events. The Competitions Committee would like to provide an opportunity for members to share feedback with competition organizers without worrying about that feedback impacting relationships. Thus, we’re providing an online Competitor Feedback Form, which we will use to provide summaries of the feedback received (both positive kudos and constructive criticism). We encourage all competitors to take a few moments to share what you love about the competitions you experience as well as suggestions for improvement.

Judge Feedback Form

Judges:  Please use this form to share any information you feel is pertinent regarding shows you recently judged.  

Request USAWE Competition License

Interested in having your Working Equitation competition licensed by USAWE?

Please fill out a Competition Licensing Request Form by clicking on the link below.

There are no up-front fees, but you will be invoiced $2 per competing horse/rider pair when your results are processed. Competitor fees are used to help support USAWE Awards programs.

All competitions licensed by USAWE must have a USAWE-licensed Judge and TD  and must submit a certificate of insurance, naming USAWE as an additional insured, a minimum of two weeks prior to the first day of the competition.

USAWE licensed competitions must follow the U.S. Rules for Working Equitation.

All horses participating in USAWE-licensed competitions must be registered with USAWE.

All people competing must be current members of USAWE or pay a non-member fee (for each competition they enter). A one-time non-member fee voucher is available for those exploring the sport.


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Competitions are added to the table below as we receive requests for licensure.

For points to count, a competition must have an approved license number (not provisional) prior to the start of the competition.

USAWE Online Scoring Program

USAWE subscribes to an online scoring program ( designed for Working Equitation. Through our subscription, we can offer this web-based software free of charge to all USAWE show organizers. helps streamline the process of scoring and placing and can also help make printing and organizing scoresheets more efficient.

You may request access to the program for both schooling and licensed competitions.

If you would like to use the online scoring system, please be sure to request that your show be added to the USAWE account at least two weeks in advance of your start date so you have sufficient time to get all your information added to the system.


Licensed Officials

Please refer to the Licensed Officials page to verify that your Judge(s) and Technical Delegate are currently licensed.

Downloadable Forms

Important WE forms and documents in Word or PDF format for your convenience.


Document Comments

Course Design Approval Guide

Dispensation Certificate Application – MS Word

Dispensation Certificate Application – PDF

Dressage arena dimensions

Covers basic course design requirements.

Riders with disabilities use this form to apply for a Dispensation Certificate that approves the use of adaptive equipment and other allowances.

Provides diagonal measurements to ait in setup.

Emergency Plan (sample) – MS Word
Emergency Plan (sample) – PDF
Prepared by Safety Coordinator. (Section 3.2j)
Entry Form (sample) First page can be modified as needed. Second page cannot be changed. (Section 3.4)
Final Competition Placement, Individual – MS Word
Final Competition Placement, Individual – PDF
Scorer enters data from individual scoresheets to determine final placement. (to be used by competitions not using online scoring system and where an Excel file is not a viable option).
Final Competition Placement, Team – MS Word
Gate Steward Duties Describes duties related to tack and attire checks and blood checks.
GIRA.IO User Guide For competitions that want to use the online scoring/placing program.
GIRA.IO Quick Reference Guide For those familiar with Gira who just need a checklist of steps.

Guest Judge Card Application

Horse Recording Form


All horses competing at USAWE licensed competitions must be registered with USAWE. Complete the horse recording process on our Membership page or use the link to the left for a direct connection to the form.
Insurance (address to use when requesting a certificate of additional insured for USAWE as required for licensed shows) USAWE
5006 Forsyth Place
Boulder, CO 80303
Judge Evaluation form Show Manager uses this form to assess Judge(s) performance. (Section 5.3)
Judge Feedback form Judges use this form to provide the Competitions Committee with pertinent information regarding competitions where they officiated. 

Liability Release Form

Logo (USAWE)

May be used for licensed competitions.

To use for prize lists & show advertising for USAWE-licensed competitions.

Non-member Voucher Non-members can use a one-time voucher to cover the non-member fee at a single B-rated show (one per lifetime). Names will automatically appear on the Voucher list on our Member page so show secretaries can verify voucher status.
Obstacle Specifications Checklist.pdf Useful to provide copies to ground crew.  Handy for TD and Judge as well.
Paddock-Steward-Duties-.pdf  A list of duties the Paddock Steward should complete at all licensed WE competitions.
Prize List (sample) Suggested basic information to be included in a prize list. See Section 3.4
Results Submission Guide Provides instructions for submitting show results.
Results Sheet – WE Competition (non Gira) Use this form to report show results for a WE competition (Dressage, EOH, Speed trials). If you use the GIRA online scoring program, download and send in the Excel file that program provides instead.
Results Sheet – Cattle Use this form to report results for the cattle trial.
Professional/Amateur Status Excerpts from USEF GR1306 that defines amateur vs. professional status. 
Secretary can enter obstacle data in advance, as well as competitor data.

Scoresheet, EOH – MS Word
Scoresheet, EOH – PDF


Scoresheet, Speed – MS Word
Scoresheet, Speed – PDF

Scoresheet, Cattle, Individual – PDF

Scoresheet, Cattle, Team – PDF

Scribe Duties  
Show Results Reporting Form – Excel Spreadsheet Use this form to report show results. (Section 5.1)
Tack and Attire Checklist Useful for Paddock Steward.
TD Duties  
TD Evaluation form Show Manager uses this form to assess TD performance. (Section 5.4).
TD Report worksheet TD can use this worksheet to keep track of information during a competition that can later be used when filing the online TD Report form.
2022 – TD Report form TD uses this online form to report on the competition. (Section 5.2)
Volunteers for Competitions This is a list of members who have offered to volunteer at competitions, with their contact information.


USAWE Logo design by Alexandra Crippen of Crippen Designs.

The logo represents the four trials of Working Equitation and highlights the diversity for which the sport is known in the United States. 

  • The first image depicts a mule, being ridden in western tack and attire in the Dressage trial.
  • The second image showcases an Iberian horse in traditional Iberian tack and attire performing in the EOH trial.
  • The third image shows a horse of indeterminate breeding and a rider in English tack and attire, competing in the Speed trial.
  • Together, all three riders represent a team competing together in the Cattle trial. Although the cow is not shown directly, the three teammates are working in concert. The image is intended to elicit the feeling of excitement and movement as the team moves their designated cow toward the holding pen to the far right, off the page. (Think of it as a "silent cow", much as the letter "e" at the end of a word is often referred to as "the silent 'e'" in recognition of its existence without being read aloud).

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