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Working equitation is a discipline that aims to preserve and develop equestrian skills on activities related to the conduct and sorting of livestock.

This activity is performed in a large number of European countries but also in Asia and in North and South America. The fact that it is so widespread should help it to get an increasing development.

Many objectives are pursued
in working equitation

A prime objective for farming
Contribute to the selection and promotion of the most suitable horse for professional use in activities involving livestock.

A cultural objective
To transmit and promote riding techniques as well as horse training in situation of work with livestock.

An economic objective
To promote the outlets of the horse's sector in France, Europe and worldwide, by increasing equestrian activities. These have for basis working equitation techniques and the promotion of horses in the society.

The cultural

...concerning the discipline and the different countries in which this activity is performed, can be expressed in :

  • Professional techniques passed on by previous generations
  • Horse breeds specifically bred for work, in the different concerned countries
  • The use of characteristic materials and harnesses from each countries
  • Specific outfits from each country

A particular work language.
The will to preserve professional technics and cultural practices lead to the creation of sports venues. Its purpose is to enable a confrontation both sportive and cultural that aim to demonstrate the qualities of the horse as well as the rider's ability.

working equitation
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Requiered skills
for this discipline

For horses

Suitability with livestock

For riders

General handling skills
Motor coordination
Correct aids
Handling specific material
Perception of what's going on
Accurate interpretation
Accurate interventions


Separation of livestock

The 3 different tests in a few words

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It assesses the pair's capacity of recreating movements usually practiced in working situations with livestock. It highlights the ease of the pair in the different movements executed.

Test of



These events include a technical handling event and a timed handling test.

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This is a timed test that must highlight professional abilities of competitors in the cattle sorting. The obligations explained above must be respected. Any sporting result that would demonstrate the opposite would be a sign of maladjustment of the rules to the spirit of the discipline.

Technical datasheets and scoring

Take a look at the figures and print the scoring scheme !

Find all of the discipline's official documents

The FITE puts documents at your disposal about the applicable Working Equitation regulation as well as a roster of judges.

> Specifications FR HERE
> Specifications EN HERE

Roster of judges
> Version FR/EN HERE

> Résultats des Championnats d’Europe 2019 – Juniors HERE

> Résultats des Championnats d’Europe 2019 – Seniors HERE 

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