Consolidated Rulebook Continuing Education: New Obstacle Rules

An exciting new change for our Novice riders! In Ease of Handling up to this point, if a rider dropped an object (pole, cup, etc) they had to dismount retrieve the object and remount. Our 2017 rules state, at the Novice level the rider has the option to dismount and retrieve the object or take a zero for the obstacle and continue on. In speed the Novice riders have the option to dismount and retrieve the object or take a 30 second penalty and move on.
 
Also new for our Novice riders, if a rider takes three zeros in their Ease of Handling trial, they will not be allowed to compete in the speed round. If riders and horses were unable to complete three or more obstacles, they have not demonstrated the proficiency needed to perform obstacles at speed.
 
In speed, Novice riders unable to complete an obstacle will have the option to move on with a 30- second penalty. After three incomplete obstacles, the rider will be disqualified.
 
Our Children’s and Introductory level riders will still have dropped objects handed to them by the ground crew.
 
For more details on the penalties, obstacle requirements for each level, and disqualifications see the rule book.
 
The rule book can be found online www.weiausa.com or www.usfwe.org
(Contributed by Tarrin Warrin)

Consolidated USA Rulebook Continuing Education: Score Sheets.

The Ease of Handling score sheets have changed for 2017.
The collective marks now more closely match the Dressage collective marks. This is going to make understanding the marks easier and make the evaluation of the ride by the judge more accurate.
On the older version of the score sheets, both Submission and Impulsion were graded in the same mark. However, Impulsion and Submission can be almost exact opposites of each other in many circumstances. Submission and impulsion affect the overall quality of the gaits. On the new Ease of Handling score sheets, there will still be a score for Gaits in the collective marks.
The Rider mark will still be included for the rider’s performance and use of aides. The new relaxed tack and attire standards made it necessary to add a mark for presentation. In addition, often times at the large shows, Dressage and Ease of Handling are performed on different days. Historically, riders are not using the same “presentation” for Dressage and Ease of Handling. Now the Presentation will be factored in to the Ease of Handling trial, as well as, the Dressage trial.
The newest collective mark that may be unfamiliar is the Transition/Navigation mark. This mark is used to evaluate all the transitions on the course. Transitions are also factored into each individual obstacle score. Course Navigation is included in this mark. The lines of travel to obstacles, correct bends, correct leads, and approaches to obstacles are take in to consideration or this mark.
In the penalty section of the score sheet, there are lines for the three different penalties that are not directly related to obstacles. In the new set of rules, Failure to Salute is no longer a disqualification. It will be a point/time penalty deduction in all trials for each occurrence. Use of voice is the same 2-point deduction each occurrence as in the previous rules. This penalty is only assessed in only the Dressage and Ease of Handling trials at the Judge’s discretion. Outside Assistance may be a penalty. If considered severe enough, the judge may even choose to disqualify the rider from the trial. This is true of all trials.
For copies of the new score sheets see Appendix C of the rule book. Information on the specific penalties can be found in the Ease of Handling section of the rule book. The rule book can be found online www.weiausa.comor www.usfwe.org
(contributed by Tarrin Warren and USFWE/WEIAUSA)


Changes in the rulebook as to which level allows one versus two hands on the reins

There are some changes to which levels allow one versus two hands on the reins.  The new rules allow the use of two hands all the way from Children’s through Level 5.
It is important for correct training to use two hands a large portion of the time.  However a working horse must also be obedient and responsive to one handed riding.  Since many of the obstacles require the use of one hand on the reins,  all levels are encouraged to practice riding one-handed as well as two handed.
Below is the excerpt regarding Use of Hands.

1.11 Use of Hands Horses may be ridden with one hand or two in all levels up through Intermediate B (L5). All trials in Advanced (L6) and Masters (L7) levels must be performed with the reins in one hand.

Competitors are free to use either hand to hold the reins, but may not, under penalty of disqualification, switch hands or use their other hand on the reins during the trial. Competitors will be disqualified if their free hand brushes the rein in front of the rein hand or provides any form of assistance. An adjustment to the reins is permissible but must be a momentary action, with the free hand touching behind the rein hand. Holding the excess rein in the free hand during the trial is not allowed (exception: western riders using a romal rein or knotted/connected split reins may hold the excess rein loosely with the free hand).
Competitors may use either the right or left hand when negotiating obstacles in EOH and Speed trials; however, the same hand must be used consistently for every obstacle under penalty of disqualification

A significant change in the new Rulebook is how ties are broken in each phase.

(Please see the excerpt from the rule book below).

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It will be important for tabulators to convert Dressage and EOH scores to percentages because both these scores will be used to break ties in the Champion Placings.

Handling ties:

a. If a tie occurs in the Dressage trial, the collective marks are used to break the tie. If these marks are equal, the entries remain tied and each will be awarded the points associated with the placing for which they are tied.

b. If a tie occurs in the EOH trial, the rider who incurred a 0 will be placed lower than the rider who did not. If the tie remains, the collective marks are used to break the tie. If these marks are equal, the entries remain tied and each will be awarded the points associated with the placing for which they are tied.

c. Ties in the Speed trial are decided by the least number of time penalties. If these marks are equal, the entries will remain tied and each entry will be awarded the points associated with the placing for which they are tied.

d. In the event of a tie for champion at a given level, the competitor who earned the highest average of the combined Dressage and EOH score will be placed higher. If there is still a tie, the competitor with the highest score in EOH will be placed higher. If there is still a
tie, the fastest time in the Speed trial will place higher.

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The most exciting addition to the new rules are the levels!

Likely the most exciting addition to the new rules are the levels! There has been concern for years about the large skill jump between levels and lack of lack of logical training progression. The rules committee has made the first attempt at bridging this gap.  Table 5-1 in the rule book gives a great overview of the skills required for the dressage trial at all levels. Referring to table 6-1, will give you the gait requirements for the obstacles in Ease of Handling.

It is important for show managers to understand, they do not have to offer all divisions and levels. They are here to help meet the needs of the riders in your area. All classes are considered open classes unless otherwise specified on the show bill.

Children’s Level – This level is specifically for our kiddos to get an introduction to the sport. It is limited to riders 8 to 13 years of age. Dressage and Ease of Handling are performed at the walk and trot only. The trot may be sitting or rising. Many of the obstacles in Ease of Handling may be walked. There are no speed or cattle trials offered at this level. Two hands may be used on the reins.

Introductory (L1) – Introductory is designed for new riders coming into the sport as well as young/green horses. It is limited to walk trot only in dressage and Ease of Handling. The canter is not allowed at this level. The trot is mandatory between obstacles in Ease of Handling. Many of the obstacles in Ease of Handling may be walked. Rising or sitting trot is allowed. Two hands may be used on the reins. This level may be offered for youth, amateur, open, and young horse divisions.

Novice A (L2) – At this level the horse and rider are introduced to cantering in both the dressage and Ease of Handling trials. In dressage, all canter departs are from the trot. The canter is required between obstacles in the Ease of Handling. All changes of lead are to be through the trot. No flying lead changes or simple lead changes are allowed. Trot is required on most of the obstacles in Ease of Handling. Trot may be rising or sitting. Two hands may be used on the reins. This level may be offered for youth, amateur, open, and young horse divisions.

Novice B (L3) – This level introduces 15-meter canter circles and changes of lead through the trot in the dressage trial. The dressage tests introduce lateral work to the horse and rider. Half turns in the walk are introduced to begin preparing the horse for pirouettes in the upper levels. Cantering is required both between obstacle and on most obstacles. Changes of lead must be through the trot. No flying lead changes or simple lead changes are allowed. Sitting trot is required both in dressage and Ease of Handling. Two hands may be used on the reins. This level may be offered for youth, amateur, open, and young horse divisions.

Intermediate A (L4) – Simple changes are required in both the dressage and Ease of Handling trials at this level. The dressage test introduces collected gaits, as well as, the medium trot and medium canter in preparation for the upper levels. Canter is required between obstacles and on most obstacles in Ease of Handling. No lead changes through the trot or flying changes are allowed. Sitting trot is required. Two hands may be used on the reins. This level may be offered for youth, amateur, and open divisions.

Intermediate B (L5) – Flying changes are introduced for Dressage and Ease of Handling at this level.  No simple changes or changes through the trot are allowed. Walk Pirouettes and Half Passes are required in the dressage test. Sitting trot is required. Two hands may be used on the reins. This level may be offered for youth, amateur, and open divisions.

Advanced (L6) – At this level riders are required to ride one handed. Flying lead changes are required. 10-meter collected canter circles and canter pirouettes are introduced in the dressage test. Sitting trot is required. This level may be offered for youth, amateur, and open divisions.

Masters (L7) – Musical choreography is required for this level. Riders must perform the movements in order, but they may be performed anywhere in the dressage court. Half turns on the haunches at the canter are required in dressage. There is a time limit of 8 minutes for dressage. Sitting trot is required. This level may be offered for open division only.

Please refer to the rule book for specific details regarding levels, divisions, and trials. Rule books may be found at www.weiausa.com or www.usfwe.com

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(Contributed by Tarrin Warren, edited by USFWE/WEIAUSA volunteers, Including Carmen Franco, Jeanne Bond, Jill Glasspool Malone, Rebecca Yount)

 


USFWE and WEIAUSA together present new rules for the 2017 competition season!

Hello Working Equitation enthusiasts!

We are excited to bring you the new rules for the 2017 competition season. At Andalusian World Cup in Las Vegas this past September, a meeting was held for competitors to voice ideas, concerns, etc. It was obvious the majority of the body of Working Equitation want some unity in the United States. It was agreed in Las Vegas that the three associations would work together to consolidate rules and dressage test. It was agreed a rules committee would be appointed. Two representatives from each association were appointed that each had one vote. A judge carded with all three associations was brought in to consult but had no vote. In Las Vegas, all associations acknowledged that the competition year started December 1st and every effort needed to be made to have this unified set of rules by December 1st.

The rules are being released slightly late. We apologize for the delay. Trying to consolidate many rule books both domestic and international takes time. Controversial issues were researched and voted on with the majority carrying the vote. It does not mean that a rule won’t be changed in the future. It means this committee voted the way they thought was best for the sport nationally, best for the largest number competitors, best for safety and best for growth with where we are in this country right now. As with all rules, these are not set in stone. They will be revisited every year by a rules committee and all rule changes submitted will be considered and voted on. Problem areas that are found throughout the competition season will be addressed yearly and adjustments made by the appointed rules committee for that competition season. All working equitation enthusiasts are encouraged to submit their rule changes and a rule change form can be found in the rule book.

USFWE and WEIAUSA began the consolidation process in mid-October spent multiple weeks doing all the initial leg work. WE United was invited and encouraged to join, they opted to abstain from the initial process and asked that they be sent a rule book to review mid-November. The appointed WE United representatives received the rule book November 16th and submitted their suggestions November 28th. Beginning November 28th, communication with WE United representatives began over the phone. Issues were compromised on, adopted, and when no compromise could be reached the issue was voted on with majority carrying. Many suggestions were accepted with no objection.

The rule book was presented to the WE United board members on December 5th, for review and vote. Unfortunately, the WE United board disagrees with the outcome of some votes within the rules committee and WE United has opted not to adopt the rules as voted on, presented and prepared but the rules committee at this time. The good news is WEIAUSA and USFWE have agreed to adopt the rules as presented by the rules committee. While there are rules that USFWE and WEIAUSA may not be 100% happy with, they respect the process and votes of the appointed representatives. Good compromises mean that everyone has to give up something and everyone will not be completely happy.

The largest area of debate and concern was allowing bilaterally blind horses to compete. This issue had multiple hours and votes devoted to it. The outcome of multiple votes within the rules committee was not to allow bilaterally blind horses to compete in Working Equitation. A lot of research was devoted to this rule. The committee researched rules both domestically and internationally. There was not a precedent in any association that governed a sport that incorporated obstacles, speed, herding of other animals, and/ or jumping that allowed bilaterally blind horses to compete. All horses were required to be sighted in one eye. This is due to many factors including horse welfare, safety of the horse, safety of the rider, liability for the event venue, liability for the show sponsor/organizer, etc. This is one of the many rules that can continue to be researched and reevaluated in the future by the appointed rules committee at that time.

USFWE and WEIAUSA would like to extend much appreciation to those on the rule committee who volunteered a countless number of hours to this mountainous endeavor. At the end of the day, these two associations feel this is a great set of rules for where the sport is today.

Sincerely,

The Rules Committee (Carmen Franco, Rob, Moyar Jeanne Bond, Amy Star and Tarrin Warrin)

USFWE and WEIAUSA



USFWE Elections are completed!

We have a new slate of officers!  Congratulations to the new officers and thank you for volunteering!

President: Jill Glasspool Malone, PhD

Vice President: Dr. Rebecca Yount

Secretary: Alicia Little

Treasurer: Amy Star

Terms will begin December 1, 2016


USFWE is having their 2016 elections! Officers will be elected in 2016.

Ballots with candidate statements will be sent to the USFWE member organizations via an email election system around Oct 25th and must be returned by November 1st

Nominations were gathered and returned by Oct 10th.

 

The officers of the Corporation shall be:

President, Vice President, Secretary,and Treasurer.  Officers may serve successive terms if so elected.

Current Directors:

Jeanne Bond (Acting President), Founding Member

Amy Star (Acting treasurer), founding member, Re-nominated to the BOD: June 2016

Jill Glasspool-Malone, PhD BOD, Nominated August 2015.

Alicia Little,  (Acting secretary) Nominated May 2016

Keith Jacobson BOD, Nominated July 2016

*All open officer positions to be filled in 2016 elections.


Our bylaws on our website have more details on our processes but some of the basics are below:

The Officers of the Corporation shall be elected at a biennial election. New offices may be created and filled, and vacancies may be filled, at any meeting of the Board of Directors.

Board of Directors shall consist of seven Directors: three to serve as Directors at Large and four to serve as Officers.

Each Director shall serve for a term of 2 years.

Officers will be elected on even numbered years.  Directors at large will be elected on odd-numbered years.

The candidates who receive the most votes from the legal ballots received will be elected to the Board. An individual may be elected to successive terms on the Board.

USFWE Board of Directors is made up of members from our organizations, who have nominated representatives to run and serve on the board. Once nominations have made, elections will be held.

Officer Descriptions:

President. The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Corporation. Subject to the direction of the Board of Directors, the President shall have general charge and supervision of the business, property, and affairs of the Corporation and general BYLAWS for the UNITED STATES FEDERATION OF WORKING EQUITATION ORGANIZATIONS Page 6 of 10 united states federation of working equitation organizations united states federation of working equitation organizations supervision over its other officers and agents. The President shall see that all orders and resolutions of the Board are carried into effect. The President shall sign all legal documents and instruments in the name of the Corporation when authorized to do so by the Board and shall perform such other duties as may be assigned to him or her from time to time by the Board. The President’s name shall be on all corporate bank accounts. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors, and shall establish the agenda for Board meetings.

Vice President. The Vice President shall, in the absence of the President or in the event of his or her disability, perform the duties and exercise the powers of the President and shall generally assist the President and perform such other duties and have such other powers as may from time to time be prescribed by the Board of Directors.

Secretary. The Secretary shall: (i) have charge of the records and correspondence of the Corporation under the direction of the President, (ii) give notice of and attend all meetings of the Board, (iii) take and keep true minutes of all meetings of the Board of which, ex officio, he or she shall be the Secretary, (iv) record all votes and the proceedings of the meetings of the Board in a corporate minute book to be kept for that purpose, (v) authenticate the records of the corporation, and (vi) perform such other duties as may be assigned to him or her from time to time by the Board.

Treasurer. The treasurer’s name shall be on all corporate bank accounts. The Treasurer shall: (i) arrange for the accounting of all moneys, credits and property of the Corporation and for an accurate accounting of all money received and discharged, (ii) except as otherwise ordered by the Board, arrange for the custody of all the funds and securities of the Corporation and shall deposit the same in such banks or depositories as the Board shall designate, (iii) keep proper books of account and other books showing at all times the amount of the funds and other property belonging to the Corporation, all of which books shall be open at all times to the inspection of the Board, (iv) submit a report of the accounts and financial condition of the Corporation at each annual meeting of the Board, (v) under the direction of the Board, disburse all moneys and sign all checks and other instruments drawn on or payable out of the funds of the Corporation, provided, however, that any such checks over $1,000 must be approved by the Treasurer and President, (vi) make such transfers and other dispositions in the assets of the Corporation as may be ordered by the Board, (vii) in general, perform all the duties that are incident to the office of the Treasurer, subject to the control and approval of the Board, and (viii) perform such additional duties as may be prescribed from time to time by the Board. The Treasurer shall give bond only if required by the Board.


USFWE welcomes Working Equitation Mid-Atlantic (WEMA)!

Working Equitation Mid-Atlantic, a new organization in the Mid-Atlantic region of the North East has joined USFWE.  WEMA is focused on bringing working equitation events, clinics and shows to this region and is looking for anyone interested in working equitation to join them!  The goal for this club is to have fun, learn, and grow with working equitation in the Mid-Atlantic region.  So, if you live in Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia or Delaware or anywhere close -join them on their many adventures!  They have already held numerous practice sessions, workshops and play days!