From the comfort of your own home, learn the secrets to

Ride a course that benefits your horse's training

 Recognize challenges and best course lines for your horse

Understand Working Equitation Obstacle rules, and

Significantly reduce your chance of DQing and wasting your entry fees

In Your Dressage Trial:
  • You have a specific pattern to ride.
  • You improve your score both by how your horse goes, 
  • and how accurate you are at riding the specific lines designated in the pattern.
  • They are non-negotiable.
In Your Ease of Handling and Speed Trials:
  • You have to complete the obstacles in numbered order
  • You have to use the correct hand, 
  • approach on the correct bend, 
  • not cross through an unworked obstacle, and so much more...

But you are Not told the lines to ride

This is your choice and part of the strategy
Do you go for a higher score on a more technical line and possibly blow it?
Or do you take the safer, easier, but lower scoring line? 
And how do you choose?
I remember...

looking at the course map and doing my best to memorize where I had to go. 
Then on the course walk , map in hand, I realized it only somewhat resembled the course in front of me.

The lines I drew on my course map, and thought I was going to ride, were different lengths than I imagined.

And who put 'that' one in the middle of where I planned to ride?

Sure I got to walk the course; good thing.
But there’s not much time to make a new plan when I’m still trying to remember the order of the obstacles, and I’m the third rider up.

I remember thinking, where’s number 3, and 4?
Am I supposed to trot that one or canter it? 

Maybe you’ve had these thoughts too.

You finish your ride, breathe out and think 

“Oh good, I didn’t DQ"

Then you watch the next rider who takes a different line than you on one of the obstacles and think well, huh. 

Why didn’t I go that way?

You are not alone. This is very common.

That’s why I created the Rider Strategy Camp. 

A place to give you the tools you need, to understand:

  • How the rules apply to your level.
  • Which lines are generally too tight, or short.
  • Where you could have taken a more efficient, higher scoring line.

You will be drawing and receiving feedback on your chosen routes
on a variety of maps, designed to scale, so you can train your eye.

With practice, and the feedback you receive in our private community, 

you will recognize the best line choices for your horse, more quickly. 

When you see a live course, you'll be able to recognize the challenges that have been added,
whether intentionally, or accidentally.
You can then choose whether to accept them, or find an easier path, based on how your horse feels that day.

Laurie Wilson says

Trish is extremely responsive to each homework assignment and challenges you to "think" your way through solutions rather than just give you the quick way out. 

Looking at other folks maps and comments helped me make more sense of what was going on. 
If you're willing to put in the effort you will come out with a wealth of knowledge to help you in your Working Equitation course riding goals. 
I'm happy I did.

When you join the Rider Strategy Camp you:
Learn to recognize, the challenges created by riding different lines.
Then choose to avoid, or accept those challenges.

Imagine what Your Ease of Handling or Speed trial ride
would look like if you...

  • knew exactly how each obstacle relates to the others.
  • could instantly recognize the challenges the designer has included in the course.
  • could choose the ones that showcase your horse’s skills and training.

People join Rider Strategy Camp:
  • for a basic understanding of the practical application of the rules
  • to understand what challenges the course designer had in mind
  • to learn how best to showcase their horse’s skills and training by choosing appropriate lines.

There are grey areas in the rules, and being taught, 
which we can discuss and clarify in the community. 

As you submit each map with your line of travel drawn on them you will  

become more clear on what you do understand, 
and what you don’t. 

Here's What's Included

Curriculum Below

  • Full access to all Rider Strategy lessons and community from day 1. 
  • Work through it over the 4 weeks, or binge watch it.
  • One years access to the Rider Strategy lessons and community for review.
  • Feedback on 10 routes you've drawn on your maps.  
  • Alternative recommendations to help you think strategically.

Eleanor Thomas says

As a WE competitor and licensed official candidate working through the Rider Strategy Camp maps, from the perspective of a rider, I gained a lot from considering how the courses should change as we go up the levels, and how they might need to be ridden differently.

 Thanks so much Trish for putting this course together!! I highly recommend it to anyone involved with working equitation. There is a lot to learn!

Rider Strategy Camp contains information that has proven valuable for riders from Intro up through Level 5 Working Equitation.

If you can learn one thing that stops you from making a mistake,
and a possible DQ, I'd say that's worth the cost !

I’m here to help. 

I’ll give you the  learning materials, support and feedback you need, 
to improve your strategizing, and we’ll all be there to cheer you on.

What are you waiting for? Are you in?

Rider Strategy Camp is for Working Equitation riders who:

  • Are ready to take their course riding to the next level by choosing lines that help their horse.
  • Want a better understanding of how the obstacles relate to other obstacles and their surroundings to avoid unpleasant surprises.
  • Have tried to read the rule book and feel overwhelmed.
  • Can see the value in a practical understanding of the application of the rules.
  • Want to understand what the course designer had in mind, where the challenges are.
  • Want to finish riding a WE course with more than just the thought,

"Oh Good, I didn't DQ"

What Do You Think?

Are you ready to take your strategizing to the next level so you can showcase your horse’s skills and training?

Are  you ready to spend less time feeling lost in the arena and more time riding the best lines your horse is capable of that day?

Kris Blacklock  says

Whether your new to the sport, a seasoned active competitor or a licensed official, Trish Hyatt's online course 'Course Design & Rider Strategy Camps' offer valuable tips that will help you feel confident designing, setting up or riding Working Equitation courses.

Take the time to invest in yourself!

The only thing holding you back from showcasing your horse’s skills and training, with well thought out line choices, that help to improve your horse, is your current level of course riding knowledge.

Participation in the 4 week course is only $97 
and you retain access to the materials and community for 1 year.
  • You get a 4 week interactive program with feedback on 10 maps
  • Available on your schedule within the 4 weeks.
  • Practical lessons on video, with transcripts
  • Quizzes, course map 'ride' analysis and discussions
  •  Amazing ongoing support and community and
  •  You significantly reduce your chance of DQing and wasting your entry fees

Join the waitlist to be notified for the next course

    • This course is about learning by doing, it's not just theory.

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One time payment

  • All lessons available on 
  • 4 Weeks Community Feedback

Rider Strategy Camp Curriculum


Introduction to the  Camp,
Community and Each Other

The Basics

Arena Basics
Obstacle Basics
Introduction to Riding a Course
Map 1 Assignment


Arena Markers
Approach & Departure
Gaits, Leads, Bends & Arcs
Map Assignment 2


Riding the Full Course
Identify Levels
Map Assignments 3-12

$67 USD

  • Bonus 1 - Do It Yourself Working Equitation $49 value

Trish Hyatt

International Coach and Clinician
National and International Top 10 Competitor
Technical Delegate and Judge of Working Equitation

I'm excited to be able to offer you this opportunity to advance your course riding skills through strategy so you always present the best line to your horse.