April 2021 E-News

Category: Newsletters

President’s Letter

By: Leslie Martien

Dear USAWE Members,

The continued growth and development of USAWE is inspiring, and I am constantly amazed at the amount of time, energy, and enthusiasm our board and committee members commit to the organization.

In just over a year, an organization that started as an idea is rapidly approaching 1,000 members and currently has 22 Affiliate Organizations. With 73 Youth members, it shows that working equitation is not just the sport of seasoned riders but promises to provide the excitement that often attracts younger riders to equestrian sports.

USAWE implemented a new program this year; a voucher system that allows non-members to enter one licensed show (total, not per year) without paying the additional non-member show fee. So far, eight vouchers have been issued, and the show season is just getting underway.

The voucher system is a great way to encourage your friends to get their feet wet with working equitation and have such a good time that they’ll become members. Have them check out this form.

This month’s newsletter is full of ideas, news, information, and educational opportunities from our Regional Directors and our various committees. I hope you enjoy and are continually inspired to promote and participate in this wonderful sport.

As always, thank you for being a part of USAWE!

Leslie Martien
USAWE President

Executive Committee

Leslie Martien

President Elect
Barbara Price

Julie Alonzo

Erin O’Shaughnessy

At Large Director 1
Trisha Kiefer-Reed

At Large Director 2
Doreen Atkinson

Regional Directors

Region 1 Director
Kristine Strasburger

Region 2 Director
Robin Bond

Region 3 Director
Cindy Branham

Region 4 Director
Kiki Pantaze

Region 5 Director
Alex Tyson

Region 6 Director
Kimberley Hillyer

Region 7 Director
Rebecca Algar

Committee Chairs

Awards Committee
Erin Long

Coaches Network
Trisha Kiefer-Reed

Competitions Committee
Jeanne Bond

Ethics Committee
Leesa Nero

Committee Chairs

Licensed Officials Committee
Christy Reich and Doreen Atkinson

Membership Committee
Mindy Finelli

Rules Committee
Jeanne Bond

Website Committee
Kristine Strasburger

USAWE Logo design by Alexandra Crippen of Crippen Designs.

The logo represents the four trials of Working Equitation and highlights the diversity for which the sport is known in the United States. 

  • The first image depicts a mule, being ridden in western tack and attire in the Dressage trial.
  • The second image showcases an Iberian horse in traditional Iberian tack and attire performing in the EOH trial.
  • The third image shows a horse of indeterminate breeding and a rider in English tack and attire, competing in the Speed trial.
  • Together, all three riders represent a team competing together in the Cattle trial. Although the cow is not shown directly, the three teammates are working in concert. The image is intended to elicit the feeling of excitement and movement as the team moves their designated cow toward the holding pen to the far right, off the page. (Think of it as a "silent cow", much as the letter "e" at the end of a word is often referred to as "the silent 'e'" in recognition of its existence without being read aloud).

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