Licensed Officials

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

"r" Judge - Application

"R" Judge - Application

"S" Judge - Application

Reference Form

Provisional TD - Application

TD - Application

TD - Continuing Ed

Judge - Continuing Ed

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.

USAWE Judges

USAWE recognizes four levels of Judge Licensure for Working Equitation competitions in the United States:

  • Learner (L) judges are eligible to officiate over Working Equitation schooling shows.
  • Recorded (r) judges are eligible to officiate over B-Rated competitions, up through Intermediate level classes.
  • Registered (R) judges are eligible to officiate over A-Rated, B-Rated, and Regional Championship competitions at all levels.
  • Senior (S) judges may officiate over all WE competitions at all levels in the United States, with no restrictions.

Event organizers are encouraged to contact the judges directly if they are interested in having them officiate at an event they are hosting.

Honorarium rates will vary, based on the individual judges’ availability and proximity to the event, etc.  To help with planning / budgeting, we recommend that the following minimum honorariums be considered:

  • “L” Judges: $250/judging day
  • “r” Judges:  $350/judging day
  • “R” and “S” Judges: $450/judging day

Organizers should plan to cover travel costs (transportation, lodging, and meals) as well as an honorarium for each judging day.  It is generally better to pay reimbursable expenses (travel costs) separate from honorariums due to tax requirements.

USAWE Technical Delegates

USAWE recognizes two levels of Technical Delegate Licensure for Working Equitation competitions in the United States:

  • Provisional Technical Delegates (P-TDs) are eligible to officiate over B-Rated Working Equitation competitions.
  • Technical Delegates (TDs) are eligible to officiate over B-Rated, A-Rated, Regional and National Championship competitions.

The eventual goal is to have a sufficient number of TDs across the country that events will be able to hire licensed Technical Delegates, as licensed TDs can help ensure that events are conducted fairly for all competitors, and they are a great resource for show managers and Judges. Event organizers are encouraged to contact the Technical Delegates directly if they are interested in having them officiate at an event they are hosting.

Honorarium rates will vary, based on the individual TD’s availability and proximity to the event, etc.  To help with planning / budgeting, we recommend that the following minimum honorariums be considered.

  • Provisional TD:  Ideally, P-TDs will be volunteers. In no cases, however, should they be paid more than $75/day
  • TD: $250/officiating day

Organizers should plan to cover travel costs (transportation, lodging, and meals) as well as an honorarium for each day spent officiating at an event.  It is generally better to pay reimbursable expenses (travel costs) separate from honorariums due to tax requirements.

USAWE Judges & Technical Delegates

The table below provides a quick reference listing of all current USAWE licensed officials, organized by place of residence. Short bios with pictures can be found further down the page.
State City License Held Name E-mail
Arizona Phoenix TD Ashley Bowers risingphoenixequestrian@gmail.com
Arizona Scottsdale r Miguel Undabarrena classicalhorsetraining@gmail.com
Arizona Tucson R & TD Amy Star amystarlusitanos@gmail.com
California Buellton S Nicole Chastain Price Nicole@nicolechastain.com
California Ramona L Sarah Pinney pinney89@gmail.com
California Riverside R & TD Susan L. Watkins horseysue@gmail.com
California San Diego S Polly Limond PKFarm2@gmail.com
California Valley Center R Barbara Price torrepinonfarms@gmail.com
Colorado Franktown TD Olga Hendrickson OlgaHendrickson@gmail.com
Colorado Platteville L Kathleen (Kitty) McLaughlin garrowk@aol.com
Florida Morriston S & TD Rebecca Algar ellobocutn@aol.com
Illinois Wonder Lake r Erica Peet ericalpeet78@gmail.com
Illinois Woodstock L & TD Karen Boso Karen@KarMikAcres.com
Indiana Valparaiso r & TD Lidia Taylor lidia@dressageforeverybody.com
Kentucky Harrodsburg TD Aimee Ziller aimlssnet@yahoo.com
New York Greenwich TD Bruce W. Menke el_barnstormer@yahoo.com
Oregon Oregon City R Cari Schwartz carischwartz@yahoo.com
Oregon Sherwood TD Tracey Erway tracy@erway.com
Texas West S & TD Doreen Atkinson doreenatkinson@yahoo.com
Texas Milano S & TD Tarrin Warren tntfarmsqtrhorses@yahoo.com
Texas Montgomery TD Dawn Metzger drdawn@solucian.com
Texas Paradise TD Dawn Swensson paradisedawn@gmail.com
Vermont Waterbury TD Amanda Lamoureux Wenortheast1@gmail.com
Virginia Madison r & TD Jill G. Malone, Ph.D. cieloazure@gmail.com
Washington Deming r Kim Roe bluegatefarm@yahoo.com
Wisconsin Prairie du Sac L & TD Kris Blacklock blacklockk@gmail.com
Wisconsin Newton TD Emily Kemp kemphorsemanship@gmail.com
Canada Alberta r & TD Jill Barron jb@jillbarron.com
Canada British Columbia TD Trish Hyatt trish@trishhyatt.com

USAWE Judges

Senior Judges

Rebecca Algar

Morriston, FL

Rebecca Algar is a life-long equestrian who has shown successfully in a variety of disciplines. She has competed in Working Equitation through the Advanced level on horses she has trained.

Doreen Atkinson

West, TX

I am a Senior judge for Working Equitation. I have been involved and competed in Working Equitation since 2012. I have served on the board and Chaired the Licensed Officials Committee for 3 years. Competitively, I am a Master’s level rider and have earned my platinum medal in Working Equitation, a USDF Bronze and Silver medal, and several Regional and National championships in dressage, western dressage and competitive trail competitions. I found Working Equitation to be an excellent combination of horse sports that is exciting, rewarding and challenging for both horse and rider. I have travelled all over North America to conduct clinics and judge Working Equitation. I have met wonderful people, seen beautiful country and I look forward to more adventures in Working Equitation.

Nicole Chastain Price

Buellton, CA

Nicole is a life long horse lover and has been a professional in the industry since 1990. Her background includes competing in Eventing, H/J, Reining, Ranch sorting, Western Dressage, Dressage and Working Equitation. She is a USAWE “S” Judge, USEF “r” Dressage Judge, a USEF “r” Western Dressage Judge, a USDF Certified Instructor and a WDAA Graduate of the Advanced Train the Trainers. She is a WEUnited Bronze Medalist and a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist. She trains and teaches out of the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, CA where she runs, with husband and trainer, Brad Price, a full training and lesson barn and specializes in the procurement of fine Iberian horses.

Polly Limond

San Diego, CA

Since 2004 Polly has been importing horses from Germany, Portugal, and Spain, including Lateran, who competed at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky and sired 6 premium foals, including 3 stallion prospects. Polly is a USDF Bronze, Silver, and Silver Freestyle medalist and a USAWE Bronze and Silver medalist with scores up to 80%. She has won and coached riders to Regional and National Championships and lifetime rider medals.

She is a USDF L graduate with distinction and a sought-after clinician involved in WE since 2016. Polly volunteered 4 years on the WE United BOD, co-chaired the 2019 North American Championship Show Committee and the 2019 WE United Judge Training Program committee. She also organized the 2019 US Licensed Officials Seminar, and was a member of the WE Merger BOD in 2020.

Tarrin Warren

Milano, TX

Tarrin Warren is the owner of TNT Quarter Horses, LLC. Tarrin enjoys giving lessons and clinics to help others reach their goals with their horses. Her focus is on correct biomechanics to help the riders work with the horse. Her ultimate goal being a harmonious partnership that develops the horse correctly to carry the rider. Tarrin has been judging, teaching and training for over 20 years. She has competed and trained horses for multiple disciplines including working equitation. Tarrin and her students have earned multiple championships and reserve championships at the national, regional and local level on horses she has raised and trained or trained and competed on for clients. She has trained and coached the Haras Cup youth champion two years in a row.

“R” Judges

Barbara Price

Valley Center, CA

Barbara Price is an Iberian horse enthusiast and amateur rider who discovered Working Equitation during travels in Portugal and Spain, and has been actively involved with developing the sport in the U.S. since 2013. Ms. Price completed her initial judge training with WAWE International Judge Instructor, Claudia Elsner Matos, and more recently with Antonio Vicente. She also has participated in clinics with Portuguese Working Equitation Master Nuno Matos. One of the first U.S. licensed Working Equitation judges, she has judged numerous licensed shows since 2014. Additionally, she is a founding member of the U.S. Rules for Working Equitation Committee, and served on WE United’s Board of Directors in several roles including President. She resides at her North San Diego County ranch with her husband, too many horses, and an overly enthusiastic herding dog.

Cari Schwartz

Oregon City, OR

‘R’ Judge Cari Schwartz cares about each competitor’s success and is educated, fair, experienced, consistent, and easy to work with. Her love for the horse and sport bubbles over to each competitor hoping to bring out their confidence and have fun. Cari Schwartz first competed in WE in 2013 and was the first rider in the USA to earn a Silver Medal. Cari has competed successfully through Master’s Level and was 2017 Intermediate B National Champion. Cari has also trained/ competed to the highest levels in Dressage, Eventing , Hunter/ Jumpers and Equitation, earning her first USDF Bronze Medal in 1980 and Individual/ Team Gold Medals in US Eventing at the Junior Olympics. Cari Schwartz continues her education attending WE Judge Seminars, Clinics, the Pedro Torres Academy since its inception, and the USDF ‘L ‘ Judge Program. Cari promotes WE at Horse Expos and enjoys working with all ages and levels of horse and riders in WE across the US, Canada, and beyond.

Amy Star

Tucson, Arizona

I have been a judge and competitor involved in Working Equitation for over 10 years, competing with 6 different horses and teaching all over the USA and Canada. I love to encourage fellow competitors and see them find success with their horses. I competed in Brazilian Working Equitation International Invitational Competition and won the “Silver” or Reserve Champion placing for both the individual and team awards. Please contact me via my email amystarlusitanos@gmail.com to hire me for a lesson, clinic or officiating a competition.

Susan L. Watkins

Riverside, California

Sue’s love of horses led her to Working Equitation in 2010, and she immediately devoted her equestrian life to the sport. She studied with masters from Portugal, Brazil and the USA, attended the first US judges training, and was one of the first to be both a carded judge and a licensed TD in both previous organizations. She has held a variety of BOD positions, and is a WE Trainer, Clinician, and avid Competitor. She has won over 25 competitions and Highpoints from L1 to L5, mostly on American Mustangs. Her training motto is “To make good usin’ horses that are a pleasure to be around” and WE embraces everything that stands for. She is available to travel to judge, TD, train or give clinics.

“r” Judges

Jill Barron

Alberta, Canada

Jill competes in a variety of disciplines, including Working Equitation. She has done well in the sport in her home country of Canada as well as in WE competitions in California, Nevada, Texas, and Washington in the United States. 

Jill G. Malone, Ph.D.

Madison, VA

Jill’s passion is working equitation and the Lusitano horse. She is an “r” judge and Technical Delegate. Jill fell in love with working equitation at a show in Portugal a decade ago. She has been giving clinics, teaching and judging for many years.

Jill has trained with many of the top WE officials in the world. Recently, Jill scribed and shadow judged at the Portuguese National Working Equitation Show in Portugal. Her career in academia, as well as her training in equestrian judging from NC-State University gives her a strong background in teaching and judging.

Jill has been showing horses for decades and she is currently campaigning a Luistano stallion. Jill owns Cielo Azure Lusitanos, a breeding and training facility for Lusitanos and working equitation.

Erica Peet

Wonder Lake, IL

Erica’s Working Equitation introduction came in 2013. She was drawn to how the sport tests all aspects of horsemanship, encourages the growth of the rider and their horse at a reasonable pace, and the fantastic sportsmanship that exists amongst WE competitors. Erica and her husband love introducing this fantastic sport to people and have put on WE clinics in numerous states.

Erica’s early years working with horses exposed her to various breeds, which developed her ability to find a horse’s individual strengths. Erica has been successful in several disciplines at IALHA sanctioned shows, earning National and Regional Championship titles. Erica was recognized as IALHA Rookie Trainer of the Year in 2008, and as IALHA Professional Horsewoman of the Year in 2014 and again in 2018.

Kim Roe

Deming, WA

Kim Roe grew up riding on the family ranch and competed in Western rail classes, trail horse, reining, working cow, hunter/jumper, and three-day eventing. She trained her first horse for money at 12 years old, starting a pony for a neighbor. Kim has been a professional dressage instructor in Washington state for over 30 years, training hundreds of horses and students through the levels. In recent years Kim has become passionate about Working Equitation and is a small ‘r’ Working Equitation judge with WE United. Kim is the editor of the Northwest Horse Source Magazine, and also a writer, photographer, and poet. She owns and manages Blue Gate Farm in Deming, Washington where she continues to be passionate about helping horses and riders in many disciplines.

Lidia Taylor

Valparaiso, IN

I have been teaching riding lesson for over 20 years focusing on rider biomechanics, correct timing and application of the aids, and extensive use of school figures and exercises to address training issues. I am certified by the American Riding Instructor’s Association as Level II Dressage, Driving, and Recreational Riding and Level III Western Dressage instructor. I am a proud graduate of the Western Dressage Association of America’s Train the Trainer program. I have worked with horses from Paso Finos to Percherons. My Working Equitation journey began in 2016. The inclusivity of the sport was a huge attraction, and its demanding nature from a training standpoint fit well with my own training and teaching. I promote our sport by teaching Introduction to WE clinics.

Miguel Undabarrena

Scottsdale, Arizona
Miguel is an international rider and trainer. He has been actively competing since the beginning of WE in the USA. He has won multiple championships and numerous medals, national and international. Miguel is a USDF bronze, silver and gold medalist. His clinics are open to all riding styles and he is able to transmit the essence of success in all working equitation levels.
To learn more about Miguel’s programs, visit www.classicalhorsetraining.com
Miguel is honored and grateful to be part of this great sport and community.

Learner “L” Judges

Kris Blacklock

Prairie du Sac, WI

As an active member, volunteer, competitor, licensed Technical Delegate and an accredited ‘L’ Judge, I fully support Working Equitation (WE), enthusiastically encourage fellow & prospective riders/horses, appreciate the past, recognize the present and look forward to its future. WE is a working equine sport that embraces your riding aspirations as it is dressage based, offers purposeful progressive training levels, includes performing obstacles challenges with horsemanship finesse as well as speed plus puts all this training to test working cattle. WE encourages and supports riders of all ages, all levels, all breeds of equines regardless of rider tack/attire preference. Dream… Believe… Achieve… I encourage each of you to volunteer at the local, region and national level. Remember to reward try, celebrate each step of your journey and support others along the way.

Karen Boso

Woodstock, IL

I am an L Accredited Judge and Technical Delegate for Working Equitation since 2017. My husband Mike and I own and operate KarMik Acres, Inc. in Woodstock IL where we host clinics, shows and practice sessions. I am available to judge schooling shows in and around Illinois.

Caitlin Huntress

Warren, OR

A lifelong horsewoman, I make my living training horses, giving riding lessons, and running a large boarding stable near Portland, Oregon. I have deep roots in both Western and English traditions and enjoy the challenge of working equitation and the ways in which it enhances the communication and partnership between horse and rider.

Kathleen (Kitty) McLaughlin

Email: garrowk@aol.com 
Platteville, CO

Kitty has been involved in many areas of the horse industry. Her background includes Working Equitation, Dressage, Western Dressage, Endurance, Gymkhana, Team Roping and Cattle Work. In 2015, Kitty was introduced to Working Equitation. She became a competitor and later an L Judge.

Kitty and her husband Gary own and operate Circle Star Arena, which is almost totally devoted to Working Equitation. The Arenas are available for shows, clinics and private instruction. The indoor barn and EOH course is always set and ready for riders to experience the amazing discipline of Working Equitation.

Sarah Pinney

Ramona, CA

Sarah Pinney is passionate about horses, as her 50 years of experience and 33 years as a professional horse trainer attest. She received a classical education in Portugal, Great Britain, and the United States. Her own training has been shaped by such world-renowned Masters as Joao Oliviera, Jean-Claude Racinet, and Maestre Luis Valenca. She specializes in training the Iberian horses for dressage and Working Equitation, but welcomes any breed to train.

USAWE Technical Delegates

Jill Barron

Alberta, Canada

Jill competes in a variety of disciplines, including Working Equitation. She has done well in the sport in her home country of Canada as well as in WE competitions in California, Nevada, Texas, and Washington in the United States. 

Phoenix, AZ

Ashley Bowers has been involved in Working Equitation since 2014. She is a licensed Technical Delegate and Open rider on her Andalusians. She and her students compete in both Working Equitation and competitive Dressage. Ashley has served as President for the Arizona Working Equitation Club and Region 2 Director for the Confederation in the past. She manages/hosts a rated show in Peoria, AZ each year. Ashley is also the lead in the Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament in Scottsdale, AZ performing weekly in the shows with their Andalusians. She is always willing to travel to compete or volunteer having delegated shows out of state and internationally. Feel free to reach out if you’d like her to make a visit to your show.

Doreen Atkinson

West, TX

I am a Technical Delegate for Working Equitation as well as a Senior judge. I have been the Chairperson for the Licensed Officials Committee, served on the WEUNITED Board of Directors, and have placed #1 at Masters level in Working Equitation. I earned my Working Equitation Platinum Medal, USDF Bronze and Silver Medals, Regional, National championships, and qualified for the international Working Equitation Competitions. I conduct Working Equitation clinics and judge all over North America. Working Equitation is the sport to focus on because it combines several horse disciplines that challenges both horse and riders to be better partners and joins wonderful people all over the country.

Kris Blacklock

Prairie du Sac, WI

As an active member, volunteer, competitor, licensed Technical Delegate and an accredited ‘L’ Judge, I fully support Working Equitation (WE), enthusiastically encourage fellow & prospective riders/horses, appreciate the past, recognize the present and look forward to its future. WE is a working equine sport that embraces your riding aspirations as it is dressage based, offers purposeful progressive training levels, includes performing obstacles challenges with horsemanship finesse as well as speed plus puts all this training to test working cattle. WE encourages and supports riders of all ages, all levels, all breeds of equines regardless of rider tack/attire preference. Dream… Believe… Achieve… I encourage each of you to volunteer at the local, region and national level. Remember to reward try, celebrate each step of your journey and support others along the way.

Woodstock, IL

I am an L Accredited Judge and Technical Delegate for Working Equitation since 2017. My husband Mike and I own and operate KarMik Acres, Inc. in Woodstock IL where we host clinics, shows and practice sessions. I am available to judge schooling shows in and around Illinois.

Tracey Erway

Sherwood, OR

I accidently learned of WE when I volunteered to scribe for the dressage portion of a championship show. I came back the next day for the rest! A pony clubber, eventer, fox hunter, and dressage rider, I immediately signed up for judging seminars with both existing organizations and earned my Technical Delegate with honors license in 2019. I have my USDF Bronze medal and as a USDF L graduate I’d like to put my expertise to work becoming a WE “L”. I have a retired Prix St. Georges horse, a rescue Hanoverian mare with attitude, and am the accidental owner of a Mustang, my WE and liberty horse. I am an avid volunteer at WE and dressage shows and an FEI level experienced dressage scribe.

Olga Hendrickson

Franktown, CO

I was introduced by a friend to Working Equitation, and after watching a clinic, I was hooked immediately! Coming from a dressage background (I have my USDF Bronze and Silver medals) I appreciate that Working Equitation uses dressage for a purpose. The challenge of Woking Equitation is fun for both horse and rider, creating a wonderful training bond. I am thrilled to see the sport growing in the USA and look forward to being a part of this exciting sport’s future!

Trish Hyatt

Chase, British Columbia

One of the first licensed Technical Delegates in North America, Trish Hyatt also offers a variety of educational opportunities through her popular Working Equitation Simplified online seminars. Trish travels to provide clinics as well as fulfill TD duties.

Newton, WI

I’ve had a passion for horses my entire life. Adding WE into the mix only increased the fun and excitement! I love being a student of the horse and sharing horsemanship and the sport of WE with others.

I show my horses in Level 1-level 5.

Currently, I’m training out of my farm in Newton, Wisconsin. I also travel most weekends to teach clinics, lessons or go to WE shows.

My favorite part about Working Equitation is, how it helps the horse and rider become handy for practical ranch/field work and yet also encourages development of proper movement and biomechanics.

Amanda Lamoureux

Waterbury, VT

Amanda has been riding since before she could walk and her passion for horses has never ceased. After time spent in many different disciplines from dressage to gymkhana, endurance to agility, and fox hunting to cowboy challenges she found working equitation and fell in love with the sport. She feels it embodies all of the best things about horse training and challenging yourself. She’s a huge advocate for the sport and loves sharing her knowledge with others.

Jill G. Malone, Ph.D.

Madison, VA

Jill’s passion is working equitation and the Lusitano horse. She is an “r” judge and Technical Delegate. Jill fell in love with working equitation at a show in Portugal a decade ago. She has been giving clinics, teaching and judging for many years. Jill has trained with many of the top WE officials in the world. Recently, Jill scribed and shadow judged at the Portuguese National Working Equitation Show in Portugal. Her career in academia, as well as her training in equestrian judging from NC-State University gives her a strong background in teaching and judging. Jill has been showing horses for decades and she as currently campaigning a Luistano stallion. Jill owns Cielo Azure Lusitanos, a breeding and training facility for Lusitanos and working equitation.

Bruce W. Menke

Greenwich, NY

Bruce has worked as a Technical Delegate at the highest levels of competition since before licensure was an option. He has held a WE United TD license since they were offered in the Spring of 2017. He has conducted several introductory level clinics and run numerous shows, both licensed and schooling.

Dawn Metzger

Montgomery, TX

I am so pleased to be a part of this group. I started playing with working equitation about 2 1/2 years ago as something to keep my horse interested. I was a provisional TD then became licensed late last year. I have been involved with horses since I was 16, started with dressage in the 90’s and have my dressage gold medal for competing at intermediare 2 and Grand Prix . I enjoy helping and encouraging others to improve and have fun. This is a great sport (my horse tells me so!).

Tucson, AZ

I have been a judge and competitor involved in Working Equitation for over 10 years, competing with 6 different horses and teaching all over the USA and Canada. I love to encourage fellow competitors and see them find success with their horses. I competed in Brazilian Working Equitation International Invitational Competition and won the “Silver” or Reserve Champion placing for both the individual and team awards. Please contact me via my email amystarlusitanos@gmail.com to hire me for a lesson, clinic or officiating a competition.

Paradise, TX

As a Technical Delegate, I want to help show management teams provide safe, fair, and enjoyable Working Equitation competitions for their participants. I am a Working Equitation enthusiast. My Working Equitation experience started late in 2016 in Texas. I compete, train and continue to learn about this wonderful equine sport. I appreciate this sport for the structure it includes to develop skills and highlight partnership, between riders and their horses, needed for fieldwork. Since the late 1970’s, I have been involved with numerous and varied equine competitions and enjoy riding horses outside of arenas as much as possible.

Valparaiso, IN

I have been teaching riding lesson for over 20 years focusing on rider biomechanics, correct timing and application of the aids, and extensive use of school figures and exercises to address training issues. I am certified by the American Riding Instructor’s Association as Level II Dressage, Driving, and Recreational Riding and Level III Western Dressage instructor. I am a proud graduate of the Western Dressage Association of America’s Train the Trainer program. I have worked with horses from Paso Finos to Percherons. My Working Equitation journey began in 2016. The inclusivity of the sport was a huge attraction, and its demanding nature from a training standpoint fit well with my own training and teaching. I promote our sport by teaching Introduction to WE clinics.

Tarrin Warren

Milano, TX

Tarrin Warren is the owner of TNT Quarter Horses, LLC. Tarrin enjoys giving lessons and clinics to help others reach their goals with their horses. Her focus is on correct biomechanics to help the riders work with the horse. Her ultimate goal being a harmonious partnership that develops the horse correctly to carry the rider. Tarrin has been judging, teaching and training for over 20 years. She has competed and trained horses for multiple disciplines including working equitation. Tarrin and her students have earned multiple championships and reserve championships at the national, regional and local level on horses she has raised and trained or trained and competed on for clients. She has trained and coached the Haras Cup youth champion two years in a row.

Susan L. Watkins

Riverside, CA

Sue’s love of horses led her to Working Equitation in 2010, and she immediately devoted her equestrian life to the sport. She studied with masters from Portugal, Brazil and the USA, attended the first US judges training, and was one of the first to be both a carded judge and a licensed TD in both previous organizations. She has held a variety of BOD positions, and is a WE Trainer, Clinician, and avid Competitor. She has won over 25 competitions and Highpoints from L1 to L5, mostly on American Mustangs. Her training motto is “To make good usin’ horses that are a pleasure to be around” and WE embraces everything that stands for. She is available to travel to judge, TD, train or give clinics.

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).

Images used on this website with permission of owners. Please observe the copyright privileges of the individual image owners and do not use the images from this website without express permission from the individual owners of the images. Thank you for respecting the work and rights of others.

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