Most involved with Working Equitation in Australia will be aware that the principal overseer of Working Equitation in Australia for some many years to date has been ANWE (Australian National Working Equitation). In recent months the newly founded Working Equitation organisation, WEDU (Working Equitation Down Under) has been formed separate to and alongside of the ANWE organisation; giving an alternate option for those seeking to pursue working equitation outside of the ANWE umbrella. WEDU has formed its own Working Equitation rules, guidelines and competition structure and aims to carry the sport forward in a positive way for all involved.
WEDU is a member-led, non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the sport of Working Equitation throughout Australia. Their stated purpose is “…to promote the sport of Working Equitation in Australia through educational initiatives and the organisation of Working Equitation competitions throughout Australia. WEDU believe in positive inclusion and development of riders and horses at all levels, and from all backgrounds….” and have developed their own Working Equitation Rulebook which they hope “…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…”
With the introduction of WEDU, individual riders and Working Equitation Clubs Australia wide now face an important decision; having two choices now for Working Equitation affiliation; either WEDU or ANWE; each club will now choose which organisation they wish to have overseeing their working equitation riding into the future. This applies also to individual hobby and competitive riders.
Each organisation, WEDU and ANWE, runs a separate agenda and carries their own set of rules and guidelines and neither is in any way involved with or affiliated with the other.
Ultimately it is up to the individual to decide which organisation they wish to be supported by and involve themselves with overall. By extension, it is up to each Working Equitation Club as a whole to choose their own elected affiliation/overseeing organisation.
The only way for any individual or club to fairly and succinctly make this rather hefty decision is to read and research thoroughly into each organisation. A good starting point is to read the 2018 Rule Book for each organisation. Downloadable links to these can be found on both our Documents and Useful Links Pages. Further reading may possibly be found on each organisation’s website; WEDU – www.wedui.com.au & ANWE – www.anweltd.com.au .
As an individual rider, one may choose affiliation with either WEDU or ANWE; one is permitted to be affiliated with both organisations, regardless of the elected affiliation/loyalty of the Working Equitation Club/s with whom one is a member.
Many riders are of the belief that becoming (or already being) a member of a club which has affiliation with one organisation will prevent them from being involved with the other organisation. This is not the case. Being a member of a club which is affiliated with ANWE in no way precludes members from being able to participate in events, competitions and training days being hosted by WEDU affiliated clubs and/or members; being affiliated with WEDU in no way precludes members from being able to participate in events, competitions and training days being hosted by ANWE affiliated clubs and/or members.
Affiliation with either organisation comes down to individual choice and the overall choice of each Working Equitation Club in Australia. Clubs as a whole will elect only one affiliation; either with WEDU or with ANWE; and it is up to each club how they choose to go about this decision making process. Riders and competitors as individuals, may if they wish choose affiliation with either or both organisations, regardless of their own club’s chosen affiliation.
To affiliate as an individual with WEDU, simply pay your yearly WEDU fee which is also a nominal cost of approximately $10.
To affiliate as an individual with ANWE, simply pay your yearly ANWE Levy fee which is a nominal cost of approximately $10.
These fees can be paid on the Nominate website. Click on the CLUBS link and select Join A Club on the Nominate Clubs website page.
To affiliate as an individual with both organisations, simply pay both annual fees. Another way is to become a member of two separate working equitation clubs; one club affiliated with WEDU and one club affiliated with ANWE.
Either way, there is no doubt that the Working Equitation Industry in Australia will continue to flourish and expand as well and as rapidly as it has to date and that progression forward will be harmonious and positive; that all riders who harbour a passion for the sport will surely continue their ongoing dedication to and enjoyment of same into the future!
As for our little club, the decision for our next twelve month affiliation interval has been placed in the hands of individual members and put to a member by member vote. The results are being tallied and our affiliation for 2018 will be announced at the next AGM on the last Thursday (26th) of July.
*WEDU quotes, courtesy of Nominate.com.au/clubs and WEDUI.com.au