The Working Equitation discipline is intended to promote competition between traditional styles of working riding used in various countries, and also to act as a showcase for traditional riding costumes and equipment.
Competition events may be individual or for teams, and are in three or four parts:
Dressage, in which the horses perform obligatory movements to music for around 7 minutes
Ease of Handling, a gymkhana type event in which horses must overcome obstacles similar to those likely to appear in the field, such as bridges and gates
Speed, where similar obstacles must be overcome, but against time
Cow (only for team competitions), in which the four team members separate a specific animal from a group.
The Team event at the 2010 European Working Equitation Championships was won by riders from Portugal.