The Sport of Working Equitation! Is the newest equestrian pursuit to hit Australia. The European sport which has been an International Competition since 1996 is now taking hold Worldwide. All breeds of horses, and style of rider, are trying their hand and hoof at the precision and unity needed to excel at Working Equitation. The Sport of Working Equitation! Is the newest equestrian pursuit to hit Australia.
Working Equitation was developed to preserve the unique working horse traditions of each country. The sport has found its followers all over the world including Europe, UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Horse and riders wear different attire according to their style be it Australian Stock Horse Breed Attire and tack , Western tack USA, English, Portuguese etc.
The discipline is based on working horses, and schooling via dressage principles to make for a supple horse that can work with stock in the field. And carry rider on the farm navigating thru gates, riding over bridges, around obstacles and stock pens, herding cattle and the likes.
Carrying and using a Garroccha pole is another interesting facet, it can be used to train the horse to perform perfect circles, and is often seen in demonstrations where riders create choreographed dancing with their horse and the garrocha, sometimes in pairs and quadrilles.
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