Sydney Working Equitation

Registration Information

2019-2020 Membership

About us

Sydney Working Equitation (SWEQ) is a friendly and supportive club based in the Hawkesbury, that offers training and education in Working Equitation. SWEQ aims to develop and promote the sport of Working Equitation in a way that is both fun and progressive for horse and rider. 

It is a fun way to train seriously!

What is Working Equitation? 

Working Equitation is an equestrian discipline originating in Spain, Portugal, Italy and France.  It developed out of the different skills and expertise needed when working on farms and with livestock.  It is now a worldwide sport, growing in Australia and suitable for all ages, breeds of horse and discipline of the rider.

Working Equitation comprises of four different phases:

  • Dressage
  • Obstacles - Ease of handling
  • Obstacles at speed
  • Cattle - not offered at our grounds. 


Dressage is on a 20m x 40 arena and the tests are specific to Working Equitation.

Obstacles - Ease of handling

The premise of the obstacle course is that obstacles are similar to those likely to appear on the farm or ranch, such as a bridge or gate.  There can be up to 16 obstacles on a course which is designed to show the partnership between horse and rider.


Is similar to Ease of handling, but each obstacle is ridden as quickly as possible without penalty.


In teams of four, rider and horse separate cattle from a herd which has been defined in advance.  If possible, during the year we organsie cattle clinics for riders and horses to be safley inrtoduced to cattle.  These clinics are held at a different venue. 

In working Equitaiton there are eight levels to work through:

  • Lead line
  • Preparatory - walk / trot only 
  • Preliminary 
  • Novice
  • Elementary
  • Medium
  • Advanced
  • Masters

How we operate

SWEQ Club Practice days are held every fourth Sunday of the month or if there is a fifth Sunday in a month, the club day will be on the fifth Sunday. Our format will follow practice days are held on fourth Sundays, and the fifth Sunday is a training day with a guest instructor, depending on the availability of instructors.

Setup is normally the day before the club day – in the winter at 3pm and summer 5pm.  Keep a look out on our facebook page for any changes to setup.  We ask that as much as possible, that members and guests assist with setting-up and packing-down.  Many hands make light work!


Gates open at 8am and we do in-hand (ground work) from 8:30am -10:30am.  We then ride from 11am to about 1:30pm and typically, the days finish by 2.00 – 2.30pm after we have packed up.

2019/20 Calendar  - check our Facebook page for dates and details of guest instructors

Our grounds 

Currently we run our event days at Evans Park, 56 Godalla Rd, Freemans Reach.  We are grateful to David Evans for letting us use this wonderful venue to get our Club started.  However, over the last year the number of particiapnts to our days has steadily increased makign the riding areas at Evans Park too small.  The SWEQ Committee is currently looking at new venus located within the Hakesbury area and will advise once a suitable venue is found.  If you pay for Memberhsip prior to 1st Septemebr 2019 and find that when we re-locate to our new venue that it doesn't suit your purpose, then we will refund you Memberhsip fee minus any admin fee charged by Nominate. 


Membership is open to everyone, including teenagers (min age 13) and non-riders. Family memberships are also available. 

Single $85

Family $160 

Non riding - $25