Committee Reports: August 2022

Competitions Committee

The Competitions Committee has been hard at work continuing to issue show licenses, work with show managers on various needs and prepare for some larger initiatives to benefit our members.  This month, we also welcomed Region 6 Director, Kimberley Hillyer, to our committee who we are excited to have join our team!

Year to date, there have been over 100 show licenses issued across the country.  A breakdown of shows by region is below and includes licensed shows, cattle trials as well as the upcoming 2022 Zone Championships. What an amazing set of numbers and opportunities for competitors.  Thank you to all of our regions for continuing to help promote and grow our sport!

  • Region 1: 23 (Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana)
  • Region 2: 27 (California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Hawaii, and U.S. territories in the Pacific)
  • Region 3: 13 (Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Colorado)
  • Region 4: 2 (New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana)
  • Region 5: 31 (Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky)
  • Region 6: 13 (New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, and the District of Columbia)
  • Region 7: 8 (Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and U.S. territories in the Atlantic)

Our Zone Championships for 2022 are just around the corner.  Register now!  Check out the USAWE Zone Championships link for information on qualifying scores, youth scholarships as well as links to each Zone Championship’s website where you can locate registration and sponsorship information, as well as event details.

October 20-23, 2022
Fairgrounds – Hutchinson, KS

November 3-6, 2022
Three Bulls, LLC – Bulls Gap, TN

December 8-11, 2022
WestWorld – Scottsdale, AZ

The Competitions Committee has also received bids for 2023 Zone Championships for Central and Western zones.  The Central Zone Championship has been approved and will be held September 28 – October 2, 2023 in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.  We have also received two bids for the Western Zone which are currently under the review process.  The Western Zone bids for 2023 have since been closed.  To date, we have not received bids for Eastern Zone and will remain open.  Bid requirements can be found here.

A couple of  initiatives by the Competitions Committee include promotion of Schooling Shows and creating a Guide for Show Managers to help define best practices for holding licensed WE shows.  Both of these are large projects that we feel are important to the success of WE competitions and can help improve competitor experiences. We are looking for volunteers who have experience hosting and managing either schooling shows or licensed competitions and would like to help our Competition Committee with these projects.  If you are interested, please email your inquiry to


By: Competitions Committee Members

Rules Committee

The rulebook revision cycle is underway. It will include changes from the 2022 WAWE rulebook, rule change proposals received throughout the year, plus all new dressage tests for L1 thru L6.  Stay tuned.  We are working hard to get it out to you as soon as we possibly can.

Coaches Network

Coaches in your region:

Region 1
Trisha Kiefer-Reed of Wolf Creek, MT

Region 2
Ashley Bowers of Cave Creek, AZ
Polly Limond of San Diego, CA
Sue Watkins of Riverside, CA

Region 3
Chris Stanko of Niwot, CO

Region 5
Emily Kemp of Newton, WI
Michelle Lackey of Medina, OH
Erica Peet of Wonder Lake, IL

Region 6
Bree Sprik of Ancramdale, NY
Holly Linz of Woodbine, MD
Stephanie Hayes of Johnson, VT

To learn more about our coaches or how to become a coach visit:

Get to know a recognized USAWE Coach

Ashley Bowers – Cave Creek, AZ

What inspires you to be a Working Equitation coach?
“The evolution of the sport inspires me to be a part of the movement to continue its growth. The more people that join our sport or improve their strategy in it the more successful WE will be.”

What is your favorite obstacle? Why?
“The Garrocha – It’s fun, difficult, forces you to ride one handed and can be incorporated with other obstacles. Not to mention it’s the favorite for marketing and designs.”

What is your best tip for competitors heading into the show ring?
“Breath, think and have fun!”

What is your favorite trick for remembering WE courses?
“Never stray from the course you walked.”

Your all time favorite WE horse?

What would your students say is your catchphrase?

What non-equestrian activities do you love to do?
“Acting, Singing, Tennis”

Thanks for the great information, Ashley! Learn more about Ashley and all our coaches at:
Check back next month to learn about our next featured coach from our diverse network!


By: Coaches Network Committee Members


LINKS Updated Description
Banner Order Form   Order the USAWE Banner using the form provided in the link. All banner orders must be submitted at least 20 business days (4 weeks) before your needed date.
Course Design Approval Guide  01/14/2023 Covers basic course design requirements. EOH and Speed courses must be reviewed/approved by a licensed official. 
Current Members   Show Manager is required to validate rider's entry form's USAWE membership number.  List is updated by the Membership Committee

Dispensation Certificate Application - MS Word

Dispensation Certificate Application - PDF

Riders with disabilities use this form to apply for a Dispensation Certificate that approves the use of adaptive equipment and other allowances. 
Dressage arena dimensions   Provides Dressage arena dimensions and diagonal measurements to aid in setup.

Emergency Plan (sample) - MS Word

Emergency Plan (sample) - PDF

4/25/2022 Emergency Plan instructions prepared by Safety Coordinator. (Competition Manual 4.3)
Entry Form (sample) - MS Word  2/2/2022 First page can be modified as needed. Second page cannot be changed. (Competition Manual 4.3)
Entry Order - One Day Show (L1 - L7) - MS Word Sample 3/24/2022 A sample Entry Order (Start List) for Show Managers User's Manual  1/10/2023

For competitions that want to use the online scoring/placing program.  

Use GIRA to select show participants, create your show's Entry Order (Start List) and personalized Dressage, Ease of Handling, Speed, and Cattle Scorecards, score/place each Division and Performance Level and download Show Results in the format needed by Quick Reference Guide  1/10/2023 For those familiar with GIRA who just need a checklist of steps. Show Entries



Instructions on setting show up to accept show entries using the GIRA online software program.  
Guest Judge Card Application  1/24/2021 Judges must hold a current WE Judge License issued by their country's national WE organization and apply for a USAWE international Guest Judge License.
Horse Recording Form   All horses competing at USAWE licensed competitions must be registered with USAWE. Complete the horse recording process on our Membership page or use the link to the left for a direct connection to the form.  List is updated by the Membership Committee.
Insurance - address to use when requesting a certificate of additional insured for USAWE as required for licensed shows  

5006 Forsyth Place
Boulder, CO 80303

Email a PDF of the insurance policy to

*Judge Evaluation form   Show Manager uses this online form to assess Judge(s) performance. (Competition Manual 7. 2)
Liability Release Form  2/21/2022 USAWE Release, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnification Agreement may be used for licensed competitions. 
Licensed Official Confirmation & Contract - MS Word Sample



A sample licensed official confirmation & contract

Logo (USAWE)



To use for prize lists & show advertising for USAWE licensed competitions. 

Visit Corporate Records for the USAWE Brand Logo Guidelines Questions?  Contact the Marketing Committee 

Non-member Voucher  

Non-members can use a One-Time Voucher to cover the non-member fee at a single licensed (non-championship) show (one per lifetime).

Names will automatically appear on the Membership Info voucher list so show secretaries can verify voucher status.  

Obstacle Specifications Checklist.pdf  9/7/2021 List of obstacle specifications (per performance level) for EOH and Speed course setup/reset.  Useful for Judge, TD and ground crew.   
Planning Your Show Schedule - Recommended Time Allotments 3/24/2022 Recommended time allotments to help Working Equitation show managers plan your show day (Entry Order, Ride Times, Breaks, Course Setup for Performance Levels, Course Walks, Protest Filings, Awards, etc.) for Dressage, EOH, Speed, and Cattle Trials.
Prize List (sample)  1/29/2022 Suggested basic information to be included in a prize list.  (Competition Manual 4.2)   
Protest Requirement Summary 10/20/2021 A synopsis of protest requirements and time limits. (Competition Manual 5.3)
Recorded Horses   Show Manager is required to validate show entry's USAWE horse recording number.  List is updated by the Membership Committee.
Results Submission Guide  11/27/2021 Provides instructions for submitting show results.  Updated for the 2022 show season.
*Results Sheet - WE Competition (non Gira)  11/27/2021

Use this form to report show results for a WE competition (Dressage, EOH, Speed, Cattle trials). If you use the GIRA online scoring program, download and send in the Excel file that program provides instead.

Email Show Results (manual excel or GIRA file) to

Scoresheet, EOH - MS Word

Scoresheet, EOH - PDF

Scoresheet, Speed - MS Word

Scoresheet, Speed - PDF

Scoresheet, Cattle, Individual - PDF

Scoresheet, Cattle, Team - PDF

 Revision 5, 12/1/2021

Non-GIRA Scoresheets

Secretary can manually enter EOH and Speed obstacle data in advance, as well as competitor data.

Secretary manually enters Cattle trial competitor data.

Show Entries - Google Form



Instructions to create an online Working Equitation show entry form using a Google Form
Show Entries - Google Form Sample



A sample Google Form online Working Equitation show entry form
Tack and Attire Checklist  9/25/2021 Useful for Technical Delegate, Paddock and Gate Steward.  
TD Duties and Responsibilities 10/28/2020  A list of duties the Technical Delegate (TD) should complete at all licensed WE competitions. 
*TD Evaluation form   Show Manager uses this online form to assess TD performance. (Competition Manual 7. 2)
TD Report worksheet   TD can use this worksheet to keep track of information during a competition that can later be used when filing the online Technical Delegate Report Form.
*TD Report form   TD uses this online form to report on licensed  competitions. (Competition Manual 7.1 )


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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