WE Post: April 2022 E-News

April 2022 E-News

Category: eNews

President’s Letter

By: Barbara Price

Dear USAWE Members,

This month’s letter is unique in that it is about a topic that requires little narrative other than the announcement itself. It’s with great pleasure I recap USAWE’s recent message regarding the World Association for Working Equitation (WAWE):

USA Working Equitation (USAWE) announced on April 11 the organization had received an invitation to join WAWE as a member country, and our Board of Directors had unanimously approved WAWE’s Protocol for the United States.


WAWE is the international authority responsible for working equitation across all member countries. The opportunity to become a member of WAWE and the international working equitation community is something many WE enthusiasts have aspired to for years. This is, indeed, an exciting development and a big step for our sport in the U.S.

Some have asked ‘what does this mean for USAWE members, supporters, and competitors?’

I believe it has significant meaning on a couple of levels:

  • For WE professionals and higher-level riders, it creates a pathway to international competition. USAWE is now eligible to form an international team of riders and compete at international events, including the World’s Championship held each year
  • Perhaps even more important for ALL WE riders, it brings solid credibility to our sport not only within the equine sector, but sports in general. This helps lead to wider-spread awareness, increased participation, and attracting corporate and other sponsors. All of which will assist with local and regional shows, educational events, and much more.

Personally, I’m very excited about us joining with WAWE and uniting with other member countries in support of working equitation. I have no doubt the benefits will reach across all regions and riding levels.

Work hard. Play hard. And enjoy every moment!

With much appreciation,
Barbara Price
President 2022

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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