Working Equitation Coming to Florida!

A new equestrian sport having recently been introduced to the USA, having it’s roots in Europe.

NEWS! Recent trip to Portugal forever preserved on Equitacao Magazine!!

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06 de Janeiro de 2012

Our first program of 2012 is dedicated to lovers of eventing and the Lusitano horse.
In this edition, we went to Salvaterra de Magos, to meet  Joao Lynce, a rider and breeder who has traveled around the world to publicize the national race and to teach riding to the Portuguese.
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Amie FulksThe 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. Overall, the competition aims to promote good horsemanship, and a level of submission and control of the horse.

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 and Brazil having secured considerable following in each of these image

The Working Equitation discipline aims at promoting competition between different ways of riding used in the fieldwork in various countries. Another of its special features is the fact that it constitutes a prime example of an ethnographic and cultural showcase, maintaining the traditional costumes and saddlery characteristics of each country. (excerpt from

In international competition, there are four phases:


The horses enter a 40 x 20 metre rectangle, to the sound of music and perform obligatory movements for around 7 minutes, to be assessed by a Jury of between three to five Judges.

Ease of Handling

Is a gymkhana type event in which horses must counter obstacles similar to those likely to appear in the field (e.g. crossing bridges, passing through doorways, etc). The manner in which the obstacle is transposed – depending on agility, submission, working attitude, and ease of movement and of handling – is scored by the Jury.


This involves obstacles from the preceding trial but with the objective of transposing the obstacles as fast as possible, without picking up penalty faults.


The Cow trial is performed by four elements – Team, and consists of separating a herd of cows which has been defined in advance.

Training & Lessons

Portugal Day 1Amie Fulks has been teaching and training in classical dressage and combined training for over 20 years. Her undergrad degree is in Equine Science and has a systematic approach for you and your horse that is logical and duplicatable.

Taking this approach to the discipline of Working Equitation and having studied directly under European Champion, Joao Lynce in Portugal, Amie works with you and your horse both on the ground (in hand training) and under saddle on the flat through the High School movements of piaffe and passage, levade, and capriole (if desired) and ultimately to navigate the questions presented in a WE obstacle course.

The result, a better balance horse and rider, obedience and submission to the rider/handler in both dressage and through the movements and obstacles asked of him/her.


Clinics: Day rate is $300 plus expenses

Judging: $300 full day, $150 half day (no expenses in state of FL)

Training: Monthly with full board, $1500         Training Ride: $75

Lessons: Private 1 hour, $75     Semi Private 1 hour, $40 each rider   Group 1 1/2 hours (3 to 6 WE or jumping) $30 each rider

WE Florida was created to encourage, support and promote…

The sport of Working Equitation in the US and specifically in the state of Florida! A great sport fit for any horse/rider of any breed/age/experience or training! Learning the basics of dressage in order to perform specific movements for a purpose of working ~ whether you want to become more ‘in tune’ with your horse or would like to overcome your horse’s (or yours!) fear of water/ditches/bridges, gain flexibility and control or just enjoy a competitive sport with people that love horses that is less expensive and more supportive than many of the other disciplines offered at horse shows ~ we fell in love with this sport for these and many more reasons!

Amie D. Fulks, WEUSA licensed judge, Riding Master V Instructor, BS Equine Science & Owner of Selah Sporthorses

Amie Fulks

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Science from Salem-Teikyo University
  • Studied equine endocryinology (reproduction) at Ohio State University
  • Riding Master V – Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre

Amie has owned and operated a riding and training facility for most of the first 20 years of her adult life. Riding and competing on the east coast and midwest areas of the USA in the sport of Combined Training and Dressage, Amie taught young and mature, beginner and more advanced students of all riding disciplines and persuasions to improve their communication skills, increase their balance and coordination and create a better team with their horses and ponies.

Amie brings the same passion for helping riders and owners achieve a higher degree of sensitivity and satisfaction with their partners into the sport of Working Equitation.

Her most recent time spent in Portugal intensely training with Joao Lynce has proven to fuel the fire and give her more tools to prepare for competing and training in the USA.

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