Being the addictive and super fun sport that it is, Working Equitation is growing rapidly in Australia and there is no greater growth than right here in our very own Upper Hunter Working Equitation Club, which harbors over thirty members to date – and  growing!

Robin Johnson @ Gulgong MUDWEQ Comp
Robin Johnson of UHWEC competing in the Three Phase MUDWEQ Competition

This weekend saw another successful Competition held at the Gulgong Showground, hosted by the very tight and ‘über organised’ club that is the Mudgee based ‘MUDWEQ‘ clan; who always hold a fun-filled, smoothly run and high-spirited competition!

Kel Lazare
Kel Lazare conquers the ‘Barrels Event’ in the Ease Of Handling Phase @ Intro Level

Not as cold as expected, but certainly cold enough as our six excited UHWEC members came together with all good intentions to ‘kick butt!’ at the Mudweq Three Phase Competition this weekend.  And kick butt they did!

Natasha Kelaher
A beaming Natasha Kelaher exits the Preliminary Level WE Speed Course

Journeying from as far and wide as Broke, Muswellbrook, Denman, and Aberdeen, the girls set up camp ready to brave the elements and battle the other forty plus competitors representing five fellow Working Equitation Clubs.

Louise Clay
Louise Clay competing in Intro Level Dressage at MUDWEQ, following her successful win in Stroud earlier this year where she took out Introductory Champion!

Congratulations to all our girls, who kept their spirits high, focus forward and attitudes tight, as they ventured through the weekend with several hiccups, a few frustrations, lots of laughter, and even some tears!

Our UHWEC girls at the MUDWEQ Comp
Left to right: Upper Hunter Working Equitation club members: Kel Lazare, Tash Kelaher, Tilley Von Cleve-Burg, Kerry Blamer-Smith, Louise Clay, Robin Johnson

Four of the five members who competed took home home first, second and third place ribbons with at least one win in every phase!!! Our very own Kerry Balmer-Smith lapped up two first and one second place, winning overall Introductory Champion!

Kerry Balmer-Smith
Kerry Balmer-Smith – Introductory Level Champion crosses the finish line!

We cannot wait for our next competition and indeed are looking keenly ahead as we strategically set the wheels in motion to host our very own Three Phase Working Equitation Competition!  Watch this space!

Kerry & Robin
Our most experienced Working Eq. member and previous Preliminary level HOTY title holder, Robin Johnson, proudly hugs our newest Introductory Level Champion, Kerry Balmer-Smith!

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We’re passionate about the development of our club, we love what we do and we’re here to enjoy ourselves and support each other in doing what we love.  If you’ve any queries at all & want to chat with any of us – please don’t be shy!

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Happy Riding until our next meet!

Robin & Kel
Gulgong Showground; Our UHWEC girls brave the morning cool for a pick – & quick pee stop!



Thanks Be To The Men’s Shed!!

“…’Twas ne’er loving that emptied the heart; Nor giving that emptied the purse…”

A very old quote, yet ever still relevant today!  It is so lovely to see small community organisations supporting each other and never was it more evident than when our President, Natasha Kelaher and Vice President, Kerry Balmer-Smith put out the call for a helping hand to build us some obstacles for the UHWEC Working Equitation obstacle course!

Our cozy little club would like to give a very hearty (though somewhat belated!!) thankyou and cyber-hug to both the Upper Hunter and Denman Men’s Sheds, without whom we would not be able to be holding the great training days that we have to date!

Bridge & Gate
With thanks to the Upper Hunter Men’s Shed, diligently crafting our Gate & matching Bridge!

These undaunted souls worked tirelessly and heartily for many months to very detailed specs and requirements to build us two brilliant bridges and one superb gate for our Working Equitation ‘Ease Of Handling’ and ‘Speed’ courses!

These items are beautifully crafted, safe for our horses and look just fabulous!

Bridge by Denman Men's Shed
With thanks to the Denman Men’s Shed for our beautiful wooden Bridge!

We are well on our way now to having a complete course of obstacles (just need our website guru to get off her computer and onto a jigsaw to finish our bull!).  With just a few obstacles to go we are inching ever forwards (albeit it slowly!) to being able to hold our own club comp!

Meanwhile our ongoing club Event Days; Training days and Clinics; are chugging away nicely, with ever-increasing membership numbers and at least one club event being held per month!

Have a browse through our Galleries to see what we’ve all been up to and check out our Club Event Calendar to see what goodies we’ve got coming up.  To enter an event or join our club, jump onto TryBooking and use the forms on our Membership page.

Any probs or queries, you can contact Judy Anshaw, our club Secretary, here.

Remember, the best way to train is simply to put yourself and your horse out there and have a go!  The Nominate website constantly features an up to date and comprehensive list of upcoming WE Competitions held by fellow Working Equitation Clubs across Australia, so get your entry in and have a crack!

Warning.  This sport is highly addictive.  May contain irresistible equine eye-candy.





Jan 2018 UHWEC Training Day

It was great to see such a good turnout for our very first Club Training Day for 2018, with 12 of our 20 members in attendance.  A very warm welcome to our newest (and youngest!) members!

p1050747-1-e1519954908573.jpgWe cannot give enough thanks to both the Upper Hunter and the Denman Men’s Sheds who have slaved away on our behalf for literally months, building our fabulous Working Equitation Course Obstacles.  We have two spanking new bridges and a lovely white,  wood slat gate.  These obstacles far exceeded our expectations; the craftsmanship is superb and attention to detail and required specifications, simply phenomenal.  We highly recommend these guys to anyone looking for any equipment you may need made to order!

View Gallery Here…

P1050635 (1)It was an absolute treat to be training on real obstacles as a team!  Splitting into two teams of six, half of us trotted into the Obstacle Training Paddock to hone our Working Equitation skills, while the other half dozen hit the large, sheltered arena with well known, enthusiastic and eccentric trainer, Marcia Williamson, for a grueling 90 minute dressage training session.

We found Marcia of great benefit to the club, easily integrating all riders as a group whilst still focusing on each rider’s individual needs and adapting the application of her training methods and advice to each rider’s skill level, physical capabilities and current riding/training needs.

Skills specifically targeted in this session were trotting and cantering posture, strengthening legs and core, canter transitions and jump training for both horse and rider.

It was an exhausting, at times challenging, but definitely most satisfying and more importantly, fun day for all!  After watering and cooling both ourselves and our horses, we topped off the day with our usual delightful banquet of home made goodies, as ever in surplus to our eating capabilities; a much needed and well earned respite after the efforts of the day!

We look forward to our next meet in March!

As always, new members are most welcome.  Our next club meeting in March will be held on the last Thursday of the month at the Denman Pub.  See you there!

Happy Riding!


2018 First General Meeting

The first General Meeting of UHWE for 2018 will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2018
At the Denman Hotel at 6.30pm.

This is just before our first club day and entries for this are available from our club Secretary Judy.  You can contact her via our contact form or using any of the details on our Contact page.

A very warm welcome to all our new members and we look forward to seeing you at our meetings!


RDA Grounds, Muswellbrook

UHWE RDA 1065th Nov 17

It was a drizzly damp day on Sunday the 5th, but none-the-less we rocked up, saddled up and teamed up for our first training day on our new grounds.  Thankfully the 72 foot arena was half sheltered allowing us to continue honing our Working Equitation course skills through the wind and sheeting drizzle!

With thanks to the RDA for the use of their great grounds for our training day; an excellent facility which we hope to utilise into the future for many more club meets!

Click here to view pics of the day…!

Until our next meet, keep smiling!


UHWEC First Club Fun Day


Our very first Upper Hunter Working Equitation Club meet was a fabulously fun and informative day, enjoyed thoroughly by all as we acquainted ourselves with the working equitation obstacle course, as well as each other and each other’s horses!  “Getting to know you… Getting to know all about you…!”  That about sums it up!  The weather was kind and the turn-out was great with thirteen of our already enlisted members rocking up to have a crack at the course.  The day commenced at 8.30 and we finished up at around two-thirty.

Lunch was a fulsome banquet fit for medieval royalty, with fruit platters, salad platters, cold meat, sandwiches and homemade quiches, sweet custard tarts and an assortment of other yummy dishes – too many to list!  An impromptu meeting as we munched our lunch served to sort out our shirt sizes, next meet and nut out where we are at as a club and where we are headed.

Our enormous thanks to Kerry Balmer-Smith who hosted the day on her lovely property ‘Kevarty Oaks’ in Wybong, and to her and her team of helpers who put in the tremendous effort required to set up the course; an excellent job, really well done and much appreciated by all who participated.  Also a big handshake to all available hands helping to pack-up, which made for an easy and pleasant end of day.

Overall it was a successful, informative and fabulously fun day which we are all keen to repeat again in the very near future!

Our next meet is a Working Equitation Clinic with Kim Peterson on September 24th.  This Clinic is now fully booked!  For further information regarding this or anything further details about our club please contact our Secretary, Judy Anshaw at .

Happy Horsing!