Working equitation is the ultimate equestrian discipline in creating harmony between horse and rider with a strong focus on training and versatility.
The discipline of working equitation was created to celebrate the partnership between horse and rider with a focus on versatility, agility, athleticism and training. Open to all breeds of horse and levels of rider, Australian National Working Equitation upholds the principles of classical dressage.
Working equitation was pioneered by four countries: Italy, Portugal, Spain, and France, with the first International competition being held in 1996. In 2004, the World Association for Working Equitation was established to govern the sport internationally. Since that time, the sport has continued to grow around the world.
Australian National Working Equitation Limited is the official governing body for working equitation in Australia having signed a Protocol Agreement with the World Association of Working Equitation in 2016.
Andrew has nearly 30 years experience working within the NSW government in natural resource management, agricultural advice, biosecurity and emergency management services. With a passion for the rural community, he is committed to the delivery of services in alignment with financial and regulatory requirements.
Andrew’s history in working equitation started in 2013 with the formation of Mudgee and Districts Working Equitation. Andrew has trained and competed horses to Consagrados 1 level in Australia, his accomplishments include being awarded the 2019 Consagrados 1 ANWE National Championship along with the ANWE 2019 Consagrados 1 HOTY. Andrew also rides and competes in Preliminary and Debutant W with his younger horses.
Andrew has travelled to QLD, WA, VIC and across NSW to judge some beautiful working equitation horses and is looking forward to helping further develop Working Equitation in Australia.
Sarah has had a love of horses her whole life. Her earlier involvement was through dressage and eventing where she competed and then later supported both her children through pony club to state level and her late husband in EA competition at a high level.
Six years ago, she discovered Working Equitation and believes she has found the ultimate discipline wherein horse and rider can form a great bond through classical training. She also loves the versatility of WE with its four phases and its inclusiveness of riders from various disciplines.
Sarah’s professional background has been in the public health sector working for many years as a Dental Therapist providing dental treatment to school aged children and also as a small business owner and operator.
Sarah is keen to promote and develop Working Equitation within Australia and looks forward to the day when clubs are established in all states and territories.
Lanie bought her first horse at the age of 16 and used to tell people that she was “just a trail rider”. After joining Working Equitation North East Vic (WENEV) in 2016 she realised that many of the skills needed for trail riding are found in working equitation, and that there was so much more to know and enjoy in this wonderful sport.
Although Lanie’s been in Australia for 30 years, she grew up in Texas where cowboy boots were just regular streetwear. Now happily retired, Lanie has two mini ponies which she uses to explore equine assisted therapy, along with two Tasmanian Smithfield dogs that she is training in agility, which is a lot like Ease of Handling!
Lanie has a passion for people and communication and focuses much of her energy to further develop this critical aspect of organisational development within Australian National Working Equitation.
Ally grew up in the Pony Club system, taking a shine to eventing and competing up to 1* on thoroughbreds she had trained off the track. After she left school, she groomed and rode for several different disciplines including showing, show jumping, polo, endurance, and camp drafting which has given her exposure and appreciation of several different disciplines. After University, she focused on dressage and took a break from competition. She is looking forward to getting her ASH mare competing in Working Equitation.
Professionally, Ally is a Chartered Accountant who runs her own firm in regional NSW. In business she strives to help businesses achieve their goals and brings this same energy to the board. She has also held several positions with not-for-profit organisations over the years from local to state level.
Ally believes in supporting and developing the sport from grass roots level up to high performance. She believes the sport has so much potential and would love to see how far it can go.
Anita grew up in the suburbs with a completely non-horsey family who still hope she will “grow out of it”. She spent 4 years working as a competition groom in the UK in the sport of eventing in the days of the Long Format 3DE. Returning to Australia she founded Bit Bank Australia and the Coaching Excellence Alliance (for riding coaches specifically), and finally bought her first horse, the love of her life, Mojo.
Anita believes strongly in an ethical and welfare driven sport, and has worked to achieve this for the Olympic disciplines by being qualifed as an EA Dressage Level 2 Steward, and sitting on the EWA Board for a number of years, including as Vice Chair. While on the EWA Board she was the founding chair of the EWA Horse Welfare Committee, and saw the organisation through both COVID shutdowns and the Voluntary Administration of the national body, Equestrian Australia.
During this time, she discovered the sport of Working Equitation and brought an interstate coach to Western Australia to run one of the first clinics here. The sport has always appealed due to it’s horse welfare focus and wide inclusively compared to the Olympic disciplines. Anita believes these two key factors to be our sport’s point of difference and also biggest opportunities.
Alongside WE, Anita rides and trains Mojo with a classical dressage coach with a strong focus on strength, balance and communication.
One of Megan’s first memories is being hoisted onto the front of the stockman’s saddle at the age of three to go and “get the mail” while visiting at her Auntie’s farm. Lessons at Mr. Proudfoot’s Riding school and Pony Club was the foundation of a lifelong passion leading on to a career with horses. After gaining degrees in Education in Australia and England and teaching in schools both in Australia and Spain, Megan pursued the equestrian disciplines of Eventing, Showjumping and Dressage.
Living in Madrid, Spain and Meilen, Switzerland Megan had the opportunity to ride, train and coach with some wonderful people. After six years abroad, returning to Australia in 1983 She studied and passed the Equestrian Australia Coaching examination, level 1 General. Competing at ODE at 1* level, Showjumping at 1.20m and Dressage at FEI level she quickly gained the EA level 2 Dressage and General Coaching qualification as well as the Coach Educator and National Assessor certificates. She is a full time Coach.
When Covid hit opportunities to compete were nearly non existant. Some of her students suggested she take her Grand Prix Dressage horse to a Working Equitation training day at Blayney. Her horse loved it and so did Megan. The combination has been competing at Masters level for 18 months now and both are thoroughly enjoying it. Megan gained her WE Coach Accreditation in June, 2022.
The combination of Dressage, Ease of Handling, Speed and working with cattle is, in her opinion, the ultimate test of horse and rider. Megan is supportive of this sport become a recognised discipline through coaching and coach training.
Having started riding from 2 yrs old the love for horses only grew, competing in all disciplines Pony Club had to offer, Kath continued on with eventing with some Show Jumping and dressage on the side.
When Kath started a family, she wound down from eventing and moved more into cow horses, with her partner’s passion for cutting and campdrafting they now have moved onto Quarter horses and stockhorses with starting Sparrowhawk Equine and Stud.
As a family of 5, they are all out competing with a truck full of competition horses most of the year Campdrafting, cutting and now challenges in WA.
Kath is a part of multiple committee’s as VP, Secretary, treasurer, event coordinator, youth educator and Training & Development Officer in Campdrafting and Working equitation.
If she is not working on committee tasks, then she’s at work in the WA country health system as a Technical assistant of Pathwest laboratory medicine at regional hospitals.
It was in the off season that Kath first found the discipline of Working equitation.
Her horses loved the change and the versatility of the 4 phases.
Kath then became a ANWE Judge and mentor for the sport in WA, with of course the Cattle phase her favourite.
Kath sees so much potential for working equitation in Australia, and she is thankful to be part of the development of this great equine sport.