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This document will be revised annually. Suggestions for modifications from WE groups, show officials, or individuals involved in the discipline are encouraged. A Rule Change Proposal Form is included as Appendix E. This form may be submitted to up until October 1st of any calendar year, to enable adequate consideration of the proposed modification prior to the start of the following competition year on January 1.

Dressage Trial

The Dressage trial prepares riders for the challenges presented by obstacles encountered in fieldwork. The goal is to develop the handiness of the horse and improve the regularity and correctness of the gaits.  

Dressage Tests
EOH Obstacles

EOH Trial

Ease of Handling (EOH) is the second trial in a Working Equitation competition.  The EOH trial consists of an obstacle course made up of prescribed obstacles, which evaluates the horse and rider's dressage skills when applied to obstacles. 

Scoring Sheets

Speed Trial

The Speed trial is judged solely on the time taken to complete the course, plus any time adjustments for bonuses or penalties. This trial provides evidence of the rider's coordination and anticipation, and the horses' submission, speed, and attention.


Cattle Trial

The Cattle trial tests the ability of the horse and rider to work cattle individually and with teammates.  The trial is performed with a team of 3 or 4 riders working together to cut pre-selected cattle from a herd one at a time in accordance with a pre-established order defined by the jury (one per rider) and herd them into a holding pen separate from the rest of the herd.  The objective is to demonstrate the abilities of cutting/herding/containing cattle efficiently and accurately. 

Cattle Trial

Canada & US Rule Differences Summary

CAN US Rule Differences

There are some differences in the Canadian & US Working Equitation Rules and it is your responsibility to understand the differences.

If in doubt, check with the Judge or Technical Delegate at the show you are attending.

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