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

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