USAWE Ethics Form

Filing an Ethics Complaint

Any member or competitor has the right to file a complaint. The complaint must be in writing using the Ethics Complaint Form and accompanied by a fee of $100.  The fee will be refunded if any portion of the complaint is upheld (i.e., the complaint is not dismissed in its entirety). 

A complaint may be filed anonymously, or the complainant may provide his/her name and contact information.  If the complainant elects to disclose his/her name and contact information, he/she may be contacted for additional information and will be notified of the results of the investigation. If the complainant chooses to remain anonymous, he/she will have no further input in the investigative process and will not be informed of the outcome.

All written complaints, conversations, documents, or other activities involving an alleged ethics violation are confidential and will not be revealed in any manner to anyone except members of the Ethics Committee. Only the respondent and those involved in the investigative process will be provided with information contained in the complaint. The complainant’s name will not be disclosed to the respondent unless indicated otherwise on the complaint form.

Complaint forms must be completed in their entirety and include detailed information. Complaints will be screened to ensure that there is sufficient information to justify an investigation. If there is insufficient information, the complaint will be dismissed, and no further action will be taken.

Complaint forms are sent directly to the Ethics Committee Chair.

Questions regarding possible ethics violations and general ethics related questions can be sent via email to the Ethics Committee Chair:  For complaints and confidential questions please email:  All communications will be held in strict confidence.

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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