August 2021 E-News

Category: Newsletters

President’s Letter

By: Leslie Martien

Dear USAWE Members,
This year is flying by, and we are rapidly closing in on the time for another election! As per our bylaws, several USAWE Board of Director positions are opening up for 2022. This is a great opportunity to get more involved with the inner workings of USAWE, become part of a great team of people, and influence and guide some of the decisions of the organization going forward.

USAWE needs candidates forl the position of President Elect, At-Large Director 1, and Regional Director for Regions 1, 3, 5, and 7. If you’re considering running for a board position, go to the USAWE.org home page and contact the board member currently serving in that position to learn more about what the position entails. The term for At-Large and Regional Director is two years; the term of President Elect is one year, and then that person rolls into the position of President for one year.

“But I don’t have any experience serving on a board!” you might say. Some of our current board members had a number of years of experience serving on the boards of either WE United or The Confederation for Working Equitation; for others this year was a new experience. But all have played a vital role in getting this organization off the ground, and even after their term is up, will continue to serve the organization in a variety of capacities: as mentors, clinicians, committee members, trainers, and competitors.

Please check your inbox or go to the USAWE website for more election information, and if you have the time and the passion, consider running for one of the open board positions. The organization is always in need of people with diverse backgrounds who have the both the time and the passion to serve its members and grow the sport of Working Equitation in the U.S.

Leslie Martien
USAWE President
president@usawe.org

USAWE Banners

USAWE Banners are now available!

Event organizers and Affiliate Organizations can now order large 4′ x 6′ vinyl banners!

Affiliate Organizations (AOs) – you may request one banner at no cost to you. It’s a perk for being an AO. (additional banners $86 each)

Show and Event organizers – you may request a one-time banner credit worth $50 toward your banner order.

There are links on the USAWE website Affiliate Organization page and Competitions Resources page for placing banner orders, or click on the link, below, to request a banner today.

Executive Committee

President
Leslie Martien
president@usawe.org

President Elect
Barbara Price
presidentelect@usawe.org

Secretary
Julie Alonzo
secretary@usawe.org

Treasurer
Erin O’Shaughnessy
treasurer@usawe.org

At Large Director 1
Trisha Kiefer-Reed
aldirector1@usawe.org

At Large Director 2
Doreen Atkinson
aldirector2@usawe.org

Regional Directors

Region 1 Director
Kristine Strasburger
r1director@usawe.org

Region 2 Director
Robin Bond
r2director@usawe.org

Region 3 Director
Cindy Branham
r3director@usawe.org

Region 4 Director
Kiki Pantaze
r4director@usawe.org

Region 5 Director
Alex Tyson
r5director@usawe.org

Region 6 Director
Kimberley Hillyer
r6director@usawe.org

Region 7 Director
Rebecca Algar
r7director@usawe.org

Committee Chairs

Awards Committee
Erin Long
awards@usawe.org

Coaches Network
Trisha Kiefer-Reed
coaches@usawe.org

Competitions Committee
Jeanne Bond
competitions@usawe.org

Ethics Committee
Leesa Nero
ethics@usawe.org

Committee Chairs

Licensed Officials Committee
Christy Reich and Doreen Atkinson
loc@usawe.org

Membership Committee
Mindy Finelli
membership@usawe.org

Rules Committee
Jeanne Bond
rules@usawe.org

Website Committee
Kristine Strasburger
r1director@usawe.org

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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