February 19-21, 2016: Clinic and Schooling Show with Tarrin Warren

Working Equitation Nebraska

February 19-21, 2016

Clinics and Schooling Show

Christensen Field, Fremont NE


Thursday, February 18

Riders / Horses may arrive after 6:00pm


Friday, February 19

7:15am: Arena opens, Check-in by 7:45am

8:00am – 5:00pm: Beginning Working Equitation Clinic* with Tarrin Warren

5:30pm – 8:00pm: Open arena practice for WEIAUSA members**


Saturday, February 20

7:15am: Arena opens, Check-in by 7:45am

8:00am – 5:00pm: The Next Step Working Equitation Clinic with Tarrin Warren

5:30pm – 8:00pm: Open arena practice for WEIAUSA members**


Sunday, February 21

Working Equitation Schooling Show

Judge: Tarrin Warren

7:30 – 8:00am: Check in

8:15 Show Begins with Dressage Trial

Around 1:00pm Ease of Handling Trial begins

Around 5:00pm Speed Trial begins

Awards around 6:00pm

More exact schedule with ride times will be posted here and emailed to competitors after entries close.

* An “Introduction to Working Equitation Presentation” will be held in the Omaha area and in the Lincoln area in January. The presentation will be classroom style. No horses. A small fee for materials will be charged. This class is highly recommended to get the most out of the clinic. Details will be posted on workingequitationnebraska.com .

** if lessons (with Tarrin) are in progress please use a different area of the arena

Private lessons with Tarrin are available on a very limited basis. To be eligible for a lesson you need to have attended a WE clinic in the past, be a current WEIAUSA member and volunteer to help with this weekend. If you are interested please contact Kelli.



Beginning Working Equitation Clinic: This clinic is designed for rider’s riding in their first clinic with Tarrin and who have not yet competed in Working Equitation. Limited to 12 riders. $110

The Next Step Working Equitation Clinic: This clinic is designed for rider’s who have rode with Tarrin before or have competed in Working Equitation already. Limited to 12 riders. $110

Active Auditors: Individuals who wish to be involved in clinic without a horse. Auditors may ask questions and receive printed handouts. $20



 RULES & PATTERNS: www.weiausa.com

Entries: One entry form per horse/rider team. See deadlines on entry form.

One entry includes all Trials for each level.



Youth: 13 and under as of Jan. 1, 2016

Dressage & Ease of Handling                        $60

Juniors: 18 and under as of Jan. 1, 2016

Dressage & Ease of Handling                        $60


Dressage & Ease of Handling                        $75


Dressage, Ease of Handling & Speed            $85


Dressage, Ease of Handling & Speed             $85


Membership: Go to www.weiausa.com

Why the push for membership? WEIAUSA is trying to reach 1,000 members so they can get FEI recognition. National membership also benefits our state organization.


New to Working Equitation? We recommend going to “Introduction to Working Equitation Presentation” mentioned above. You are welcome to show without attending a clinic or class.

We are just trying to help you be prepared.



Ribbons will be awarded for each trial. 1st – 6th Place

Rosettes (1st – 6th Place) and donated prizes will be awarded for overall winners for the day.

Donations appreciated to keep our show cost low. Contact Kelli.



Christensen Field Indoor heated arena in Fremont, NE.



Stalls are covered but building does not have exterior walls. Stalls are fairly sheltered from the wind. If it’s extremely cold you may wish to bring a blanket for your horse. Bring your own bedding, water bucket and feed. Stalls are $15 per night. Please indicate what nights you will be staying on entry form.



Hook-Ups are available. Includes electricity. $18 per night. Please indicate what nights you will be staying on entry form. There are several nice hotels in the area.



Current Coggins required for out of state horses



It takes many of people to host a show. Please contact Kelli to volunteer!



Rules are available in PDF on www.weiausa.com

If you would like a spiral bound printed rulebook reserve yours on the order form or email Kelli and a book will be ordered for you. Cost is $10. Please pay at event.



Working Equitation Nebraska Wear will be ordered February 1st and available to pickup at show. Order form will be on web site.





Forms and Updates:

Web site: www.WorkingEquitationNebraska.com

Facebook: Working Equitation Nebraska


Questions or to volunteer:

Email: wenebraska@gmail.com


Kelli Paulson: 402-889-6042

Show Organizer


Mail entries to: WE Nebraska, 380 Co Rd 34, Tekamah, NE 68061

Figure 8 Between Drums

EASE OF HANDLING OBSTACLE : Figure 8 Between Drums

Setup: Two drums or barrels spaced 10 feet apart at centers

Gait: Intro riders may walk or trot, Novice riders may trot or canter this Obstacle.


Execution: The horse and rider shall approach the obstacle and perform a circle around the right hand barrel. Upon completing the turn, halfway between the drums, change bend (or leads if loping), and begin a circle to the left around the second drum. Both circles should be equal in diameter. When both circles are completed, ride forward to exit the obstacle.

Tips: Maintain the same gait the entire obstacle. Your circles should be round and the same diameter. Change bend or leads, in the center/half way point between the drums. The circles shall be as small as possible while maintaining correctness.


Gaits from INTRO Pattern

  • Working Trot
  •  Working Trot allow the horse to lower and stretch the head and neck
  •  Working Canter


Gaits from NOVICE Pattern

  •  Medium Walk
  •  Free Walk
  •  Working Trot
  •  Working Trot allow the horse to lower and stretch the head and neck
  •  Working Canter




The walk is a marching pace in a regular and well-marked four beat with equal intervals between each beat. This regularity combined with full relaxation must be maintained throughout all walk movements.

Medium Walk

A clear, regular and unconstrained walk of moderate lengthening. The Horse, remaining “on the bit”, walks energetically but relaxed with even and determined steps, the hind feet touching the ground in front of the hoof prints of the fore feet. The Athlete maintains a light, soft and steady contact with the mouth, allowing the natural movement of the Horse’s head and neck.

Free Walk

The free walk is a pace of relaxation in which the Horse is allowed complete freedom to lower and stretch out his head and neck. The degree of ground cover and length of strides, with hind feet stepping clearly in front of the footprints of the front feet, are essential to the quality of the free walk.

Stretching on a long rein (In walk and trot)

This exercise gives a clear impression of the “throughness” of the Horse and proves its balance, suppleness, obedience and relaxation. In order to execute the exercise “stretching on a long rein” correctly, the Athlete must lengthen the reins as the Horse stretches gradually forward and downward. As the neck stretches forwards and downwards, the mouth should reach more or less to the horizontal line corresponding with the point of the shoulder. An elastic and consistent contact with the Athlete’s hands must be maintained. The pace must maintain its rhythm, and the Horse should remain light in the shoulders with the hind legs well engaged. During the retake of the reins the Horse must accept the contact without resistance in the mouth or poll.



The trot is a two (2)-beat pace of alternate diagonal legs (left fore and right hind leg and vice versa) separated by a moment of suspension. The trot should show free, active and regular steps.

The quality of the trot is judged by general impression, i.e. the regularity and elasticity of the steps, the cadence and impulsion in both collection and extension. This quality originates from a supple back and well-engaged hindquarters, and by the ability to maintain the same rhythm and natural balance with all variations of the trot.

Working trot

This is a pace between the Collected and the Medium trot, in which a Horse’s training is not yet developed enough and ready for collected movements. The Horse shows proper balance and, remaining “on the bit”, goes forward with even, elastic steps and good hock action. The expression “good hock action” underlines the importance of an impulsion originating from the activity of the hindquarters.



The canter is a three (3)-beat pace where, in canter to the right, for example, the footfall is as follows: left hind, left diagonal (simultaneously left fore and right hind), right fore, followed by a moment of suspension with all four (4) feet in the air before the next stride begins.

The canter, always with light, cadenced and regular strides, should be moved into without hesitation. The quality of the canter is judged by the general impression, i.e. the regularity and lightness of the steps and the uphill tendency and cadence originating from the acceptance of the bridle with a supple poll and in the engagement of the hindquarters with an active hock action–and by the ability of maintaining the same rhythm and a natural balance, even after a transition from one (1) canter to another. The Horse should always remain straight on straight lines and correctly bent on curved lines.

Working Canter

This is a pace between the Collected and the Medium canter, in which a Horse’s training is not yet developed enough and ready for collected movements. The Horse shows natural balance while remaining “on the bit”, and goes forward with even, light and active strides and good hock action. The expression “good hock action” underlines the importance of an impulsion originating from the activity of the hindquarters.




IMPULSION – Thrust; release of the energy from the “coiled springs” of the engaged hindquarters.


TRACKING UP – When a horse’s hind feet are stepping into the prints of his front feet.

When working on developing your gaits – rhythm, regularity, cadence and relaxation are of up most importance. They are the foundation of the dressage Training Scale. However, we will touch on these in the coming weeks.

We need impulsion to begin our work. “Driving from the Hind” is the beginning of impulsion. Our horses must drive from the hindquarters in order to achieve collection. The horse’s hindquarters is the engine.

This week’s focus is on getting your horse to move forward in a way that is energetic yet not rushed. Your horse should be going forward freely without nagging and without laziness from a light leg cue.



EXERCISES / Clinic with Kelli

Going Forward Freely

Allow your legs to hang relaxed around your horse with soft contact. I often call this “cuddling” your horse. Raise your energy, sit up, think walk and squeeze your legs. Your horse should move forward. If there is no response or a delayed response do more. Squeeze, pause (1 or 2 seconds), kick. Still no response? Squeeze, pause, kick, pause, use your mecate or a crop to influence a response.

Concept: For our horses to be light we sometimes have to do more. So, we ask politely, then tell them. When done properly, the horse prefers the please and will begin to respond to please. Do this also in your walk-trot and trot-canter transitions.

Once your horse goes forward easily, teach your horse to keep going without being lazy and without rushing. You will need to feel your horse. At anytime your horse is lazy or even thinking about slowing down ask him to increase his effort. Use the same sequence. Squeeze, kick, mecate/crop. Remember, do as little as possible to get the response you want – at the same time – make sure you get the response you want. Soon, your horse will carry himself forward freely at the walk, trot and lope.

If your horse is rushed in the gait – analyze the situation. Why are they rushed? Are they unconfident and awkward? Then do it more. Leave them alone as much as you can while keeping them moving forward in the same gate. You may need to do this in a large roundpen possibly without a rider, then with a rider.

Is it the rider? You may need to seek help with your seat and position.

Just wanting to go to fast? Do lots of transitions, serpentines and circles. Keep the horse wondering what you are doing next.

Remember: Horses seek peace.


Driving from the Hind

Entergetic and responsive transitions, up and down, encourage your horse to engage his hindquarters. Practice these transitions: canter to extended trot, trot to a brisk walk, walk to halt to back, halt to trot, walk to canter, etc. Use as small a cue as possible then increase as necessary until please works.

Make sure you allow your horse to move forward. We often shut our horses down by sending conflicting cues. By asking the horse to go but not letting them – sending mixed signals, the horse appears dull and lazy. When actually it’s the rider not being clear.