Competition Resources

Competition Manual

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

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.

Note:  If your competition is offering the Cattle phase, please submit two license requests.  One for the Dressage-EOH-Speed competition and a SEPARATE license for the Cattle Trial.  The Cattle Trial is separated for Show Results since L1- Introductory Performance Level is ineligible to compete.  The Cattle trial (L2-L7), although licensed separately, is not considered a separate show.

There are four trials that make up a Working Equitation competition. The first three – Dressage (L1-L7), Ease of Handling (L1-L7), and Speed (L2-L7) are the mandatory trials required for a licensed Working Equitation competition. The fourth trial, Cattle (L2-L7), is optional and included when location and facilities allow. L1 is ineligible to compete in the Cattle trial.  Although the Cattle trial is licensed separately, it is not considered a separate show; L2-L7 Horse-Rider pairs competing in the Cattle trial must successfully compete/complete Dressage, EOH and Speed before they can compete in the Cattle trial. 

In show licensing, there are no up-front fees, but you will be invoiced $2 per competing USAWE member horse/rider pair and a $20 non-member show fee 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 Technical Delegate (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).  Non-members may not compete in Championship Shows. 

A one-time non-member ‘Lets Try It‘ (Never-Before-Member)  voucher is available for those exploring the sport.  Visit the Membership & Horses > Membership Info > One -Time Voucher tab.


Thank you for licensing your shows thru USA Working Equitation! Online Scoring Program

USAWE subscribes to, an online scoring program designed for Working Equitation. Through our annual subscription, we can offer this web-based software FREE OF CHARGE to all USAWE show organizers. helps streamline the process of show entries, scoring and placing and can also help make printing and organizing scoresheets more efficient.  Show results are manually downloaded into the format needed by

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

If you would like to use the online 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.  Contact Julie Alonzo at


Competitor Feedback Form

Competitors:  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.

Post-Competition Feedback from Officials

Judges:  Please use this form to share any information you feel is pertinent regarding shows you recently judged. Technical Delegates: Remember to complete the online TD Report within one week after the end of the competition.  

Licensed Competitions List

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

How does licensing, horse recording and membership impact annual awards?

 For points to count toward year-end awards, the show must be fully licensed (not provisional) prior to competition start date, horse must be recorded with USAWE prior to competing and the rider must be a current USAWE member within 30 days of the completion of the competition where the points were earned.

How does an annual membership designation impact licensed show entries and the annual awards programs?

Youth Membership is for Youth (7-17 yrs. old as of January 1 of the calendar).  Youth are encouraged to join or renew as a Youth USAWE member to take advantage of several perks – FREE Youth membership, Youth Scholarship eligibility, Youth National and Regional Leaderboard Awards, Youth High Point Year End Award and special youth activities/events planned by the USAWE Youth Development Committee. Youth members may compete in Youth, Amateur or Open Division (per U.S. Rules for Working Equitation > 1.3 Rider Divisions); however, their leaderboard points from each competition will correspond to the division they showed in at that competition.

Amateur Membership is not age restricted.  Members must comply with USEF Rule GR1306 Professional/Amateur Status.  Amateur members may compete in Amateur or Open Division (per U.S. Rules for Working Equitation > 1.3 Rider Divisions); however, their leaderboard points from each competition will correspond to the division they showed in at that competition.

Open Membership is not age restricted. Members must compete in the Open Division (per U.S. Rules for Working Equitation > 1.3 Rider Divisions). As an Open member, their Open show results will be used in the Open USAWE Awards Programs.

Links and Downloadable Forms

Important WE online links, forms, and documents in Word or PDF format for licensed shows.
Show management and licensed officials are required to submit reports marked with an asterisk ‘* within a week after each show.


LINKS Updated Description
Amateur Status  1/20/2022 Excerpts from USEF Rule 1306 that defines amateur vs. professional status. 
Banner   Order the USAWE Banner using the form provided in the link. All banner orders must be submitted at least 20 business days (4 weeks) before your needed date.
Competition Manual 5/12/2022 Competition Manual includes requirements for show organizers and managers in planning and conducting a show licensed with USA Working Equitation (USAWE). 
Course Design Approval Guide  11/11/2021 Covers basic course design requirements. EOH and Speed courses must be reviewed/approved by a licensed official. 
Current Members   Show Manager is required to validate rider’s entry form’s USAWE membership number.  List is updated by the Membership Committee

Dispensation Certificate Application – MS Word

Dispensation Certificate Application – PDF

Riders with disabilities use this form to apply for a Dispensation Certificate that approves the use of adaptive equipment and other allowances. 
Dressage arena dimensions   Provides Dressage arena dimensions and diagonal measurements to aid in setup.

Emergency Plan (sample) – MS Word

Emergency Plan (sample) – PDF

4/25/2022 Emergency Plan instructions prepared by Safety Coordinator. (Competition Manual 4.3)
Entry Form (sample) – MS Word  2/2/2022 First page can be modified as needed. Second page cannot be changed. (Competition Manual 4.3)
Entry Order – One Day Show (L1 – L7) – MS Word Sample



A sample Entry Order (Start List) for Show Managers

Final Competition Placement, Individual – MS Word

Final Competition Placement, Individual – PDF

Final Competition Placement, Team – MS Word

  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).  Note: Final results must be submitted to using the official ‘Results Sheet’ Excel document.
Gate Steward Duties  11/11/2021 Describes duties related to tack and attire checks and blood checks. User’s Manual  5/1/2022

For competitions that want to use the online scoring/placing program.  

Use GIRA to select show participants, create your show’s Entry Order (Start List) and personalized Dressage, Ease of Handling and Speed Scorecards, score/place each Division and Performance Level and download Show Results in the format needed by Quick Reference Guide  5/1/2022 For those familiar with GIRA who just need a checklist of steps. Show Entries



Instructions on setting show up to accept show entries using the GIRA online software program.  
Guest Judge Card Application  1/24/2021 Judges must hold a current WE Judge License issued by their country’s national WE organization and apply for a USAWE international Guest Judge License.
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.  List is updated by the Membership Committee.
Insurance – address to use when requesting a certificate of additional insured for USAWE as required for licensed shows  

5006 Forsyth Place
Boulder, CO 80303




Email a PDF of the insurance policy to

*Judge Evaluation form   Show Manager uses this online form to assess Judge(s) performance. (Competition Manual 7. 2)
Judge Feedback form   Judge uses this online form to provide the Competitions Committee pertinent information regarding competitions where they officiated. 
Liability Release Form  2/21/2022 USAWE Release, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnification Agreement may be used for licensed competitions. 
Licensed Official Confirmation & Contract – MS Word Sample



A sample licensed official confirmation & contract

Logo (USAWE)



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

Visit Corporate Records for the USAWE Brand Logo Guidelines Questions?  Contact the Marketing Committee 

Non-member Voucher  

Non-members can use a One-Time Voucher to cover the non-member fee at a single licensed (non-championship) show (one per lifetime).

Names will automatically appear on the Membership Info voucher list so show secretaries can verify voucher status.  

Obstacle Specifications Checklist.pdf  9/7/2021 List of obstacle specifications (per performance level) for EOH and Speed course setup/reset.  Useful for Judge, TD and ground crew.   
Paddock-Steward-Duties-.pdf  11/11/2021  A list of duties the Paddock Steward should complete at all licensed WE competitions. 
Planning Your Show Schedule – Recommended Time Allotments



Recommended time allotments to help Working Equitation show managers plan your show day (Entry Order, Ride Times, Breaks, Course Setup for Performance Levels, Course Walks, Protest Filings, Awards, etc…) for Dressage, EOH, Speed, and Cattle Trials.
Prize List (sample)  1/29/2022 Suggested basic information to be included in a prize list.  (Competition Manual 4.2)   
Protest Requirement Summary 10/20/2021 A synopsis of protest requirements and time limits. (Competition Manual 5.3)
Recorded Horses   Show Manager is required to validate show entry’s USAWE horse recording number.  List is updated by the Membership Committee.
Results Submission Guide  11/27/2021 Provides instructions for submitting show results.  Updated for the 2022 show season.
*Results Sheet – WE Competition (non Gira)  11/27/2021

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.                                                                                           

Email Show Results (manual excel or GIRA file) to

*Results Sheet – Cattle  11/27/2021

Use this form to report results for the cattle trial.  Email Show Results (manual excel or GIRA file) to

Scoresheet, EOH – MS Word
Scoresheet, EOH – PDF




Scoresheet, Speed – MS Word

Scoresheet, Speed – PDF

Scoresheet, Cattle, Individual – PDF

Scoresheet, Cattle, Team – PDF

 Revision 5, 12/1/2021

Non-GIRA Scoresheets

Secretary can manually enter EOH and Speed obstacle data in advance, as well as competitor data.

Secretary manually enters Cattle trial competitor data.

Scribe Duties 10/28/2020  Useful for Scribe.  
Show Entries – Google Form



Instructions to create an online Working Equitation show entry form using Google Form
Show Entries – Google Form Sample



A sample Google Form online Working Equitation show entry form
Tack and Attire Checklist  9/25/2021 Useful for Technical Delegate, Paddock and Gate Steward.  
TD Duties 10/28/2020  A list of duties the Technical Delegate (TD) should complete at all licensed WE competitions. 
*TD Evaluation form   Show Manager uses this online form to assess TD performance. (Competition Manual 7. 2)
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 Technical Delegate Report Form.
*TD Report form   TD uses this online form to report on licensed  competitions. (Competition Manual 7.1 )
USEF GR1306 Professional/Volunteer Status  USEF 2022 Each rider is required to declare their professional or amateur status upon renewing their USAWE membership each year. Riders must comply with USEF Rule GR1306 that defines amateur and professional status.
Volunteers for Competitions   Contact the Membership Committee ( for a list of members who have offered to volunteer at competitions.


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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