The discipline of working equitation

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 Ltd.

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.

Current Board

Chair: Ann Hughes (Western Australia)

Deputy Chair: Andrew Mulligan (New South Wales)

Director/Secretary: Lyndie Panitz (Queensland)

Director/Treasurer: Ally Mclean (New South Wales)

Director: Lanie Clark (Victoria)

Director: Sarah Greene (Victoria)

Director: Kim Stapleton (New South Wales)


The Board is supported by two subcommittees that assist with the development of working equitation in Australia:

  • The Technical Subcommittee offer technical expertise in reviewing and developing the rule book as well as providing support and guidance for implementation of activity at a regional level.
  • The Education and Performance Subcommittee exists to assist with the oversight and responsibilities relating to the development of working equitation judges, coaches and competition.

Governance Documentation

Members are able to access through the MEMBER INFORMATION area copies of Australian National Working Equitation Ltd constitution, subcommittee charters, strategy and policies.

Chair: Ann Hughes

(Western Australia)

Ann is an experienced Non-Executive Director and Executive who drives performance and transformational change. A trusted advisor who has successfully collaborated with international Boards and senior management teams, Ann has extensive knowledge in all aspects of strategy, governance, risk and commercial management.

A keen equestrian enthusiast in Western Australia, Ann has had involvement in disciplines including dressage and western. Ann is very interested in classical dressage and the promotion of a harmonious relationship between horse and rider. Having successfully competed at State level on her horse in her chosen disciplines, she now enjoys the training, skill and fun of working equitation.

Ann has strong communication skills and is a decision maker with high ethical standards and a social conscience. Ann aims to make a positive contribution to Australian National Working Equitation with a focus on enhancing the sport for the benefit of all members and their equine partners.

Deputy Chair: Andrew Mulligan

(New South Wales)

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.

Director/Secretary: Lyndie Panitz


Lyndie is a Certified Practicing Accountant and Tax Agent and runs her own accountancy practice. She has also held a number of Director and Secretary roles in listed public companies.

Lyndie has competed successfully in many equestrian disciplines including eventing, showjumping, sporting, western performance, dressage (English and Western) and harness. She has competed in working equitation at Masters and Consegrados 1 with two of her horses, winning multiple championships at National competition events.

Lyndie brought her strategic vision to her role as Pony Dressage Convener for Dressage Queensland (DQ) for over a decade, and has in the past enjoyed showjumping course building.

She is a passionate breeder and trainer of her working equitation horses, and loves to encourage riders to set and achieve goals.

Director/State Club Liaison Officer: Lanie Clark


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 maneability!

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.

Director: Kim Stapleton


Kim’s passion is to support and assist people to enjoy riding their horses no matter of their age, ability, or breed of their horse. Kim believes that the sport of Working Equitation has something for everyone and has allowed her to find some amazing friends while enjoying riding.

Kim has a strong focus on compliance and is Chair of the Technical Subcommittee that supports the Board in the maintenance of the Australian National Working Equitation official rule book.

Kim grew up and lives in the area around Bathurst NSW. Her background is in Compliance & Auditing for Training, Business and Retail Management.

Director: Sarah Greene


Board Director appointed October 2021. Profile TBA

Director/Treasurer: Ally Mclean


Board Director appointed October 2021. Profile TBA

State Association Directory

New South Wales


Western Australia