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Working EQUITATION Explained

This international sport combines elements from dressage and cattle work into an exciting and inclusive mix.
Jumping over straw bales may be part of the Ease of Handling phase.
PHOTOS BY L. KUTZ PHOTOGRAPHY

Dressage has been around for centuries, and so has the practice of working cattle from horseback. Yet it’s only in the last few years that a competitive sport called working equitation that combines the two has taken off in the U.S.

Working equitation has been popular since the 1990s in countries like Spain, Portugal, Italy and France, but it’s only recently caught the attention of American riders. Within the last few years, three different organizations promoting the sport have sprung up in the U.S., and working equitation shows are being held around the country.

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