Working Equitation for the first time

In Brazil I had the wonderful opportunity to be introduced to Working Equitation at Haras do Castanheiro, the beautiful breeding  of Dr.ª Clélia M. Erwenne Araújo Pinto (see the video at the end of this article).

Working Equitation

Working Equitation (WE) is a working riding discipline for all breeds, which has its origin in the Iberian countries, France and Italy. It grew out of decades of daily work with cattle in the open countryside where the rider had to carry out duties on horseback.

WE consists of 4 phases:

  1. Dressage
  2. Obstacle course with style
  3. Obstacle course with speed
  4. Working with cattle

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Luis Valença

Luis Valença is seen as one of the world’s greatest living riding masters of Portugal.

Reason enough to visit Luis Valença at his Centro Equestre Da Leziria Grande in Portugal.


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