|Working Equitation in the Cowichan Valley
There is an exciting new equestrian sport in the Cowichan Valley that is attracting riders of all ages and all riding backgrounds. Working Equitation tests the horse and rider’s partnership and their ability to manoeuvre obstacles from novice level to the challenging advanced level. It also includes a junior division. Part of the reason for its growing popularity is that it is a blend of classical principles and natural horsemanship. It is open to all breeds under English, Western, Australian or other tack.
The sport follows the rules of Working Equitation Canada http://workingequitationcanada.com. Normally there are 3 events where the combined score is counted. The Dressage component tests the horse’s relaxation and obedience, and at novice level can usually be accomplished quite easily. The second part is the Ease of Handling Trial with such obstacles as gates and bridges that are ridden in a specific manner and order. The Speed test is riding through the obstacles at stated speeds. The sport seems to naturally promote good horsemanship. Even better is that the horses especially enjoy the activities.
British Columbia, with Vancouver Island in particular, is embracing Working Equitation. In the spring of 2019, the Cowichan District Riding Club held the first Working Equitation Canada sanctioned competition following an informative and fun clinic with Jill Barron from Alberta, Canada’s first Working Equitation “r” judge and 2019 Champion at the Andalusian World Cup in Las Vegas. Jill will return in May to do a clinic and judge another sanctioned show for the Riding Club.
Riders and bystanders are invited to attend a series of supported schooling sessions Nov. 16 and 17 at Hi-Point Guest Ranch in Glenora. There are more planned for January and February. Keep your eye on the calendar page of our website for entry forms.
author ~ Jennifer Brownlow
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The Purpose of the Club
The purpose of the club is to develop and promote interest in horses and excellence in horsemanship by offering equestrian sports and equestrian education for all ages, no matter the breed or type of horse a member might own. The club, formed in 1929, has worked with the Cowichan Exhibition Society for many years and their grounds north of Duncan are the site of most club shows.