August 2022 E-News

Category: Newsletters

President’s Letter

By: Barbara Price

I’m only an amateur rider…

Working Equitation is a very challenging discipline in general, but especially at the higher levels. For me, and I’d guess many of us, it’s a delight to watch our higher-level professional riders. Whether in person at shows, on YouTube videos, or via social media posts. There’s many absolutely beautiful horses and riders.

But I also love that the majority of the USAWE membership is made up of amateur riders. Unfortunately, I sometimes hear competitors say, “I’m only an amateur rider.” The word amateur originated in France and was used to

describe someone who does something for love or passion. Through the years, amateur has come to mean not professional. Given the passionate and inclusive nature of Working Equitation, I think the original meaning aptly describes so many of our amateur riders and competitors. We love our horses, our sport, and our WE communities. Let’s remember to embrace and support our amateur riders, at all levels. They bring a sense of passion and enthusiasm to our sport, as only those who do something for love, not money, can create. They will be the foundation for our sport’s future; and they indirectly help support the professional trainers and competitors we love to watch ride and compete.

Important Reminder: USAWE elections are coming up soon! All but one of our officers and directors are voted in by the membership, and it’s of upmost importance to get experienced, dedicated leaders on the Board of Directors. Nominations open September 1. Check the website for all deadlines and details. If you’d like to play a part in advancing our organization and sport, consider running for office. But even if you don’t run, be sure to review the candidates and vote!

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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