December 2021 E-News

Category: Newsletters

President’s Letter

By: Barbara Price

Dear USAWE Members,

Happy (almost) New Year!  As we close out 2021 and head into 2022, I’m very inspired by all the awesome plans and activities already underway for next year. It’s going to be an exciting time for Working Equitation in the United States without a doubt.

I’d like to start by telling you how much we appreciate each member of USA Working Equitation. As of this month we are more than 1,100 members strong and growing every day. I’m also very grateful for all the amazing volunteers we have heading up this organization; board members, committee members and

so many others who work tirelessly for our sport. We wouldn’t be where we are without the contributions made by so many talented volunteers—past and present.  Thank you!

What’s next?

My thought on key initiatives to guide our progress next year is to keep them simple, purposeful, and relevant to our stage of development. I’d like to see us focus on three primary strategic missions.

  1. Actively promote USAWE to equine audiences outside of WE and, to a lesser extent, the public at large. Let’s put this awesome sport and organization on the map and on the minds of equestrians everywhere.
  2. Enhance the member experience for current and future USAWE participants, and generate enthusiasm for becoming actively involved with Working Equitation. Cultivating youth involvement across all regions needs to be a priority.
  3. Vigorously support and develop our existing USAWE committees. Our committees are essential to the organization’s day-to-day business and have been doing excellent work this year.

If we all center our attention on coming up with strategies, programs, and actions that will enhance our sport, organization and membership experience, we will thrive. Let’s keep the doors open, communication flowing, and ideas coming.

With wishes for a safe and healthy 2022,

Barbara Price
USAWE President

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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