We are currently understaffed and intending to announce our next competition by January 2023
THREE Phases – Dressage, Ease of Handling (Obstacles), and Speed (Obstacles)
All you need to enter is:
- A camera with tripod or friend to film you
- A dressage size area (40mx20m) with access to items for creating simple obstacles (no construction required), e.g. barrels/buckets/cones/tyres and jump stands, or similar items. A rope with loops at both ends for the rope gate. A bell is also useful but not mandatory.
- Internet connection to upload videos to YouTube
International riders welcome!
Our judging format has been created to provide helpful feedback with your training so that competitors are able to advance their learning in this sport. Given the generous time that our judges put into this, our format is more than just a competition – and great value for the entry fee.
Rosettes are mailed out to the first 4 placings in the overall competition. Each competitor receives their judging sheets privately by email. The video links to all competitor tests are emailed to all competitors as well as the scoring results for the phases and overall competition at the end of the judging.
The Dressage tests are from the WEDU website.
Ease of Handling
The Ease of Handling (or obstacle course) is a test of horse and rider partnership. We also run an additional speed phase in the obstacles every other competition.
WEDU – Working Equitation Down Under (Australia) rules are used in our standard competitions.
New to Working Equitation?
Virtual Working Equitation was started in April 2020 by Belinda Rodriguez and Maree McAteer from their bases during lockdown in New Zealand, putting backgrounds in technology and Working Equitation together.
The concept of this competition is to provide encouragement for riders to continue their training up through the lower levels of Working Equitation, and also to provide a starting point for those who have never had an opportunity to enter a Working Equitation competition.
How to Enter
Tack and Attire
Western, English, or Traditional attire and tack is acceptable. Bitless or bitted bridles are acceptable (but there are types of tack not allowed in the WEDU rules including some bits). Blunt spurs may be worn and whips may be carried. Please check with us if you are unsure.
For all tests and classes, the Dressage is to be done in a 20×40 area that is marked at the corners (with poles, ropes or wood sides etc) and clear of other objects. Markers (to represent the Dressage letters) are to be placed in the normal positions as reference for distance and transition points.
Please film from C or if that is not possible then a position where the rider will be in full view at all times. Use of the camera zoom is encouraged when the rider is in the furtherest part of the arena, but preferably taking up no more than 1/3 of the camera view.
Ease of Handling
The Ease of Handling is also done in a 20×40 area that is marked at the edges. A course map, course measurements, and course walk videos will be provided. The viewpoint to film the Ease of Handling will be marked by a camera icon on the course map. The course directives in the course map must be followed to qualify as course completed. Please also note that in the WEDU rules, you must go through the start and finish flags in the direction marked on the course map, otherwise you will not have completed the course. A salute to the judge prior to the start and after completion (before the flags at the start and after the flags at the end) is also expected and there will be small penalty in the scoring if either salute is missed. All obstacles must be completed in order according to the course map directives to avoid disqualification.
We recommend that you register to see the Course Walk video with judge Maree McAteer before you do your filming. This is available on the Ease of Handling page.
Speed (additional phase added to every second competition)
The speed round uses the same course as the Ease of Handling with adjustments to the requirements (such as removal of some obstacles or requirements for halting at obstacles). We will put details of the Speed requirements for each competition on the website and in your registration email. The rounds are timed with penalty time points for incomplete or missed steps. All obstacles must be completed in order according to the course directives to avoid disqualification. We will also be nominating a partnership award in each class for a nicely ridden and efficient speed round. Lead-line and Preparatory class must do the course at trot and/or walk (more than 3 canter strides is disqualification).
Level 1- Lead-line
The horse is on a lead or in-hand or directed at liberty through the tests by a non-riding handler. A minor child or para rider may also be riding the horse with or without a lead with a handler present. It can be completed in walk only, or adding in trot between obstacles. Note that the Virtual Working Equitation class is a version of the WEDU Level 1 Lead-Line class extended to include non-ridden horses either on lead or at liberty.
Level 2 – Introductory
The horse is ridden in mostly walk and some trot for Dressage and Ease of Handling.
Level 3 – Preparatory
The horse is ridden in walk and trot for Dressage and Ease of Handling.
Level 4 – Preliminary
The horse is ridden in walk and trot for Ease of Handling obstacles with canter between obstacles. Dressage includes canter.
Level 5 – Novice
The horse is ridden in walk and canter for Ease of Handling obstacles, with the exception of the slalom which is trotted. Canter lead changes must be done with canter/walk/canter or canter/trot/canter. Dressage introduces lateral work.
Filming and Upload
It’s best if you have a tracking camera or ask a friend to film you. We will accept a non tracked video, but it won’t be as easy for the judges to give you accurate feedback, and for fairness, if something is not visible easily then it won’t be scored to the maximum possibility. Please check lighting and that the video is in focus the majority of time.
Videos need to be uploaded to your YouTube account before filling out the entry form. Please set the video visibility to either Public or Unlisted.