Working Equitation Down Under Inc. (WEDU) is a national, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the sport of Working Equitation (W.E.) throughout Australia.
CORONA VIRUS UPDATE
As of June 13 2020 NSW Health Covid-19 restrictions have eased. Outdoor gatherings of up 20 people including at sporting facilities are allowed.
From July 1 2020 Community sports are allowed to resume.
Social distancing and strict hygiene protocols should be followed.
Due to unforeseen natural disasters and Covid-19 pandemic the 2019/2020 WEDU Inc. Point Score will not take place this financial year.
WEDU believes in positive inclusion and development of riders and horses at all levels, and from all backgrounds. We believe our Australian rulebook will help our members reach their goals by providing a clear pathway up the levels with minimal disqualifications. This is our “have a go” spirit and direction, and our pledge is to treat all members ethically and with integrity.
As a governing association WEDU aims to be supportive and encouraging of both their entry level riders, who come from many different equestrian backgrounds, including non-competitive, with 3 walk trot levels and its highest level riders by providing international standards of competition. It has progressive levels which give horse and rider the confidence to have a go at competition without feeling pressured and out of their depth.
The seeds of WEDU were sown in early 2018 when five like minded Working Equitation enthusiasts met and formed a steering committee. WEDU was incorporated as an Association on 12th June 2018. It was originally started in order to have a Working Equitation group that was a member-led association, rather than a corporation with a Board of Directors. There has been a very encouraging response, currently with over 190 members, 15 affiliated clubs and 20 plus WEDU accredited judges. By July 2018 an Australian based Rulebook and full set of Dressage tests had been written and published. Several competitions were held over the next few months by various NSW W.E. Clubs with great response and success.
In April 2019 WEDU ran its first very successful National Championships with international judges including, WAWE judge Antonio Vicente, one of only 12 WAWE Accredited judges. It was here that Australia gained its first Internationally ranked Masters rider, Mark Mason on CONDAMINE PROSPECT.
More generally in W.E. in Australia has been established for over 10 years. In 2007 Gillian Kennerley brought the sport to Australia after having discovered it herself over in the UK in 2001. Very quickly several clubs were established and today WEDU Inc. is one of two specific W.E. Associations in Australia. Additionally a form of 3 phase W.E. is run through AHRC in Victoria. In Australia W.E. has clubs along the Eastern States of Australia and also in Western Australia.
WEDU is affiliated with the International Cross Nations Cup, which consists of four countries - USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Being part of the CNC ensures that our members who qualify will have the opportunity to participate in international competition. In 2018 the first Cross Nations Cup was held in the USA, Canada in 2019, 2021 in Australia, and New Zealand in 2022.
WEDU welcomes all those that want to try something different with their horse and hopefully have the chance to dance together.
"WEDU it fun, WEDU it friendly and WEDU it for everyone!"