Working Equitation
Breaking news - British Working Equitation Team 2009 win Bronze at Ponte de Lima. The Team (including Marcia and her client Helen Barlow) took Bronze at this years championship. At staggering result and the highest team placing to date. We are very proud of you all.

Working Equitation began as a competition in 1996 with the first European Championships taking place that year in Italy. It is now a recognized sport in France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Mexico and Brazil, having secured considerable following in each of these countries. Belgium and Sweden also have a growing number of riders interested in the sport. Working Equitation has its own governing body in each of the member countries: the Federation Française D’Equitation in France, the Real Federacion Hipica Espanola in Spain, the Associação Portuguesa de Criadores do Cavalo Pure Sangue Lusitano in Portugal, and the Federazione Italiana Sport Equestri in Italy. Working Equitation began in Great Britain in 2000. The UK competed internationally for the first time in October 2002, at the first World Working Equitation Championships – the team of 4 riders (the only female team at the Championships) achieved 6th place.

The working equitation competition is divided into 3 phases which are designed to test horse and rider through a range of activities. It combines flatwork movements and obstacle tests, inviting horse and rider to deal with a number of obstacles similar to those encountered when riding and working in the fields. At international level a 4th phase is included in the competition-this comprises a cattle penning test. Overall, the competition aims to promote good horsemanship, and a level of submission and control of the horse. Working equitation can be enjoyed all year round, by riders and spectators alike, indoors or outdoors, and within the confines of an artificial surface riding arena. In January 2005 the team competed at the European Championships in Bracciano, Italy, taking overall 4th position, and in September 2005, in Almonte, Spain 2 individual riders from Working Equitation UK competed against the other European countries. The 2nd World Working Equitation Championships took place in Portugal on October 27th-29th 2006 - Great Britain were placed overall 6th.

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Forthcoming Clinics & Events

Working Equitation, Dressage and In-Hand Clinics throughout 2014
dates to be announced
Marcia will be running clinics throughout the year. If you are interested in holding a clinic at your location please contact Marcia for further information. Watch this space for forthcoming clinic details and call 07709 023204; or email Marcia at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for further details and to book.

Marcia competing at the Working Equitation Championships, Portugal 2009. Click picture above to view video
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