Coaches Network

USA Working Equitation wants to help you share your passion and knowledge for the sport!


Join the WE Coaches Network!

What is a WE Coach?

  • An experienced trainer or instructor
  • Someone who LOVES working equitation
  • A person looking to help promote the sport in their area and to support other trainers across the country
  • Someone who has invested time and energy into their working equitation education
  • A professional seeking to expand their clientele in this growing sport

What are the perks?

  • National recognition as a working equitation professional
  • Promotion on the USAWE website including a bio, photo and link to your business website
  • Be part of a diverse network of trainers and instructors committed to improving horsemanship through working equitation

How to apply?

Become a member of the WE Coaches Network by joining in 2021!

WE Coach Application Requirements

  1. All WE Coaches must be current USAWE members, in good standing, officially residing in the United States. An inquiry to the ethics committee will be part of the application review.
  2. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older at the time they apply.
  3. Submit proof of current professional equestrian insurance policy and release of liability form, required.
  4. Provide records of a minimum of 5 years training or instructing experience.
  5.  Provide records of a minimum of 3 years practical working equitation experience to include: instruction, coaching, training, or competing.
  6. Provide documentation of having passed an open book WE rules test for WE Coaches with a score of 90% or higher.
  7. Provide a signed WE Coaches agreement.
  8. Provide one recommendation from a Working Equitation “R” or “S” Judge using the committee’s official Confidential Google Form. All recommendations must be submitted directly to the committee by the recommendation writer.
  9. Provide two client letters of recommendation using the committee’s official Confidential Google Form. All recommendations must be submitted directly to the committee by the recommendation writer.
  10. Provide recommendations from two equestrian professional using the official Confidential Google Form. All recommendations must be submitted directly to the committee by the recommendation writer. Examples of people who will meet the definition of “equestrian professional” include but are not limited to: a clinic host, a peer, an equine veterinarian, a farrier, a farm manager, an official licensed with an equestrian organization, a show manager, etc.
  11. Within the four preceding years the applicant must fulfill TWO of the following THREE requirements: 
    1. Submit evidence of having earned averaged Dressage & EOH scores of 60% or higher at Novice A level or higher from at least two separate licensed competitions from which the applicant did not DQ from any trial, from at least two different “R” or “S” judges on horses that have been in WE training with applicant for at least 60 days prior to competition date (applicant-owned horse qualifies).
    2. Be present for all trials of two licensed working equitation shows in any of the following capacities: Scribe, TD, Provisional TD, or Shadow-Judge.
    3. Present a certificate of attendance from an official USAWE-recognized Licensed Officials Seminar.

Applicants will be sent an invoice through PayPal, and applications will be reviewed once the $150 application fee and all application materials have been received.

Renewal Plan:

WE Coach recognition is valid for two years.

*Proof of membership and insurance will need to be provided ANNUALLY.*

To renew, a member of the WE Coaches Network will submit documentation of having completed a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education, two positive evaluations, and a renewal fee. The renewal fee will be $75 (half the current application fee).

The application for renewal, with documentation of having fulfilled the continuing education requirements, may be submitted at any time within the two-year membership.

Activities that qualify for continuing education credit hours (may use any combination):

  1. On -Ground Licensed Competitions experience serving as scribe, TD or Provisional TD, or shadow judging.
  2. Ride in or audit a clinic with a USAWE “R”, “S” or  WAWE judge.
  3. Attend an approved USAWE Licensed Officials Seminar.
  4. Compete in a licensed working equitation competition (each competition will count for 4 hours of CE credit, up to a total of 8 hours of CE credit for this type of activity).


Example Coaches Network Application

The following example application is provided to help those considering applying to the Coaches Network better understand what the application should include.

Suggestions for the Coaches Network Committee :

The Coaches Network Committee is looking forward to rolling out this new program in 2021. We realize there may be some areas where the program can be improved, which people will begin to identify as the program gets underway. If you have suggestions for ways to improve the program, we want to hear from you! Click on the button below to submit program suggestion proposals to the Coaches Network Committee. To allow sufficient time for consideration, Program Suggestion Proposals must be submitted by August 1 to be considered for the next competition season.

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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