Licensed Officials Program

Licensed Officials Program

A complete description of the Licensed Officials Program, including requirements for initial licensure, continuing education, and promotion, is available as a free downloadable PDF.

L Judge - Application Documentation Log

"r" Judge - Advancement Documentation Log

"R" Judge - Advancement Documentation Log

"S" Judge - Advancement Documentation Log

Reference Form

Provisional TD - Application

TD - Application Documentation

TD - Continuing Education Form

Judge - Continuing Education Form

Code of Ethics - Licensed Officials

International Judge Guest Card

A guest Judge from another national working equitation organization may officiate at a USAWE-licensed competition. The application for a Guest Judge Card must be approved in advance of the competition. A Guest Judge Card is valid for a single competition.

The Guest Judge must:

  • Provide proof of current license and a letter of good standing from the issuing national working equitation organization.
  • Successfully pass an open-book U.S. rules test with a minimum score of 90% within one year of application.

There is a $25 non-refundable application fee. See the Licensed Officials Program, Section 3, for further details.

Code of Ethics – Licensed Officials

All USAWE Licensed Officials agree to adhere to the following Code of Ethics.

In providing a service to the working equitation community, I recognize the need to do so in a professional manner, interacting with the public and colleagues with the highest degree of integrity. By accepting licensing, I understand that the equine industry and clients expect the highest standard of conduct from those who hold this recognition. I agree to continually uphold my character and reputation.

I will adhere to the following creed:

  1. I will execute my duties without bias or prejudice.
  2. I will ensure that every horse present at an event where I am officiating will at all times be treated humanely, maintaining the welfare of the horse as paramount.
  3. I will adhere to all relevant policies/procedures of USA Working Equitation (USAWE) while upholding the U.S. Rules for Working Equitation.
  4. I will conduct business in a manner that will enhance the image of USAWE and the sport of working equitation.
  5. I will avoid conflicts of interest, either real or perceived, whenever possible, and disclose conflicts of interest whenever they exist and cannot be avoided.
  6. I will uphold the highest standard of professional behavior, recognizing that even the appearance of misconduct or impropriety can be very damaging to the reputation of USAWE as well as to my own reputation.

I understand and agree that USAWE has the right to investigate complaint(s) regarding a licensed official’s alleged conduct. I will participate in the due process proceedings of the Ethics Committee.  I have a right to review all information, documents, photographs, or other evidence used to evaluate my performance in my official duty. I will abide by the decision of the Ethics Committee or Appeals Committee once all avenues of due process have been exhausted.

I recognize that the licensing body has no binding relationship in the business relationship between a licensed official and show management.

I understand that in order to maintain licensure I must maintain membership with USAWE and provide proof of continuing education as outlined in the Licensed Officials Program.

I agree to abide by the Social Media Policy.

By signing this document, I agree to uphold this Code of Ethics and the Licensed Officials Program policies. I understand that failure to do so could result in suspension and/or loss of USAWE licensure.

SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY

This Social Media Policy governs the commentary via social media by Officers, Directors, Licensed Officials, and Coaches when acting as a USA Working Equitation (USAWE) official or can be perceived as acting as a USAWE official. For the purposes of this policy, social media means any tool for online publication and commentary, including but not limited to blogs, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, and any other new media.

This Social Media Policy does not limit a person’s right to post their opinions as an individual, when not acting as an Officer, Director, Licensed Official, or Coach.

Statement of Policy

Officers, Directors, Licensed Officials, and Coaches may use social media as a conduit for conveying their activities in the WE environment. All uses of social media must follow the same ethical standards as outlined in the Code of Conduct (Officers and Directors) or Code of Ethics (Licensed Officials and Coaches).

Officers, Directors, Licensed Officials, and Coaches may not represent themselves as an authority for the organization on social media.

Following the Policy

Officers, Directors, Licensed Officials, and Coaches must make every effort to consider all options within the context of appropriate civil behavior when responding to comments on social media, including the option of no response. It is best to err on the side of caution. When in doubt, do not post, comment, or engage. If you are unsure whether or not something is appropriate to post on social media, contact the Ethics Committee before making the post live. If you, for whatever reason, take an action that is in conflict with this policy, you may be contacted by the Ethics Committee to resolve the situation and may be asked to withdraw, correct, or revise the posting. Failure to adhere to this policy or to the resolution determined by the Ethics Committee may result in suspension of membership or licensure.

What You Should Do

  • Disclose your affiliation. If you talk about USAWE matters that are within your role as an Officer, Director, Licensed Official, or Coach, you must disclose your affiliation with USAWE.
  • State that it is your opinion. Unless authorized to speak for USAWE, you must state that the views are your own. No one should speak on behalf of USAWE without express permission.
  • Keep your comments respectful, professional, and helpful. Respectful discussions are a way for the sport and the organization to grow.
  • Protect yourself. Be careful about what personal information you share online.
  • Act responsibly and ethically. Do not misrepresent yourself.
  • Honor our differences. USAWE will not tolerate discriminatory comments of any kind (including age, sex, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability, or marital status, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state, or local laws, regulations, or ordinances).

What You Should Not Do

  • Do not publish, post, or release information that is considered confidential.
  • Do not discuss anything to do with a legal issue.
  • Do not use the USAWE logo unless expressly permitted.
  • Licensed Officials:
    • Do not use your personal cell phone, computer, tablet, or any other similar device for social media while officiating. Do not post photos of horses or riders taken during the event, including during awards, until the show has ended.
    • Do not disclose specific details of actions taken during a competition, either by you or that you are aware of by virtue of being a Licensed Official. Reference can be made in a general way to actions of competitors or decisions by officials as long as individuals are not identified.
    • Do not share discussions regarding officiating that occurred during a competition.
    • Do not discuss specific horses, competitors, or licensed officials related to a competition on social media.

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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