ERAHC VA Classic Horse show Working Equitation "Speed"

RBH 9023 copy 2W.E. Third Phase "Speed"

On Labor day weekend 2013 Carbon and I had the opportunity to drive up to Lexington Virginia from North Carolina to attend the Eastern Region Andalusian Horse Club's (ERAHC) annual Classic horse breed show. You may ask why would I take a Quarter Horse to an Andalusian breed show? The answer is simple, to compete in Working Equitation. 

Right now, WE is relatively a new sport here in the USA and most participants are Iberian horse breed shows. Yes, Carbon and I enjoyed riding with all those fancy Iberian horses. We are very thankful that ERAHC and USFWE made these classes open opportunity classes, meaning any type of breed was welcome to come and play WE.  

As you can see in the video below, this is the third phase (SPEED) of Working Equitation. If you missed the first phase (Dressage), here is the link to see the video. Here is the link to the second phase (EOH) if you missed that one too.. What attracted me to this new sport, is that this is the practical application of Western Dressage. This is the whole reason we do this. I find that a lot of Dressage folks forget why Classical training was first used. WE was founded on Classical principles which requires riding one handed to use the free hand to work cows or fight wars. Western Dressage was based on the same principles of teaching a western ranch horse to be guided by one hand while performing ranch duties. WE is the European equivalent of an American working ranch horse. If you are now doing Western Dressage, this is the next step in your evolution. 

If you are not familiar with WE speed test, it is a simple concept. Unlike the other previous phases, you are not scored on correct or proper movement. It is 100% on the clock. The fastest time with the fewest penalties is the winner of this phase. You may notice in this video that speed is not Carbon's strongest phase, but still pulled the fastest time. This was only Carbon's second WE show and he had some issues with picking up  the correct lead after the jump.

RBH 9014 copy 2On a side note, we had the opportunity in meeting the president of the World Association of Working Equitation (WAWE) from Portugal "Joao Ralao Durarte". What a great learning opportunity that was. 

As in most of my videos, this is an educational video. We hope this will inspire you to improve your horsemanship and come and play WE with us..

If you are unfamiliar with Working Equitation, Here is a link to a little more information about WE.   

We would like to give a special thanks to Carol Havelka... Videographer 
and let's not forget:

Bruce Harbin... Photographer
Jeane Bond... show committee
Wayne Hipsley... Judge
Joao Ralao Duarte... co-judge from Portugal
USFWE.... Rules/tests
ERAHC... Show Org.