WE Post: December 2022 E-News

December 2022 E-News

Category: eNews

President’s Letter

By: Olga Hendrickson

Happy New Year

It is exciting to realize that USAWE is entering its third year. Under the leadership of Past Presidents Leslie Martien and Barbara Price, so much has been accomplished in just two years. While it’s not possible to list all of what has been accomplished and what is in the works, here are a few highlights:

 

  • The Competitions Committee is working on a program to encourage and develop schooling shows. Schooling shows benefits our sport by allowing more riders to learn about and experience Working Equitation in a low-stress environment, while allowing our L judges to gain the experience they need prior to judging rated shows.
  • A Show Managers Manual is being developed to assist show management with the ins and outs of running a licensed show.
  • The Youth Committee continues to work towards ways to grow our base of Youth riders – the future of our sport!
  • The Licensed Officials Committee is continually developing educational programs including a seminar that will focus exclusively on judging the EOH Phase.
  • There were over 100 licensed USAWE shows held across the country this year and last.
  • We held our very first and very successful Eastern and Western Zone Championship shows this year.

The USAWE Board and Committees are working countless hours to foster a sport that appeals to so many on so many levels the result of which is that Working Equitation is growing by leaps and bounds in the United States. However, despite all that has been accomplished we are still a young organization with lots of room for growth. That’s where you, as members, can help. What would you like to see happening with USAWE in the coming year?

I would like to encourage you to be an active participant in growing this sport. Your enthusiasm for the sport is contagious and will excite other horse people. Share your thoughts and ideas with us, volunteer – at shows, on committees, get involved any way you can. Contact your Regional and At-Large Directors and let them know how they can enhance your experience and also how you can help.

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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