December 2020 E-News

Category: Newsletters

President’s Letter

By: Leslie Martien

Dear USAWE Members,
This is the time of year that many of us begin to look forward to celebrating the holidays with friends and family. We decorate with beloved family treasurers and our homes fill with the smell of freshly-baked cookies and the sounds of singing and laughter. For many of us, this year may look a little different; our circle may be a little smaller and our celebrations may be quieter.

2020 has been very challenging and we have had to respond and adjust in ways most of us could never have imagined. Challenges, like the ones we’ve faced this year, tend to do two things: drive a wedge or create opportunities to build stronger bonds. The members of the Confederation for Working Equitation and WE United chose to do the later and create USA Working Equitation.

In the first two months as an organization USAWE has gained over 500 members and recorded over 2,300 horses. The number of you who have stepped up and indicated an interest and willingness to serve on a committee is just one example of the enthusiasm our members have for the sport of working equitation and desire to have USAWE succeed.

This is the first of our monthly newsletters – this month I’d like to introduce you to our Regional Directors who are the heart and soul of our organization. They will keep you up-to-date with the goings on in your area: shows, clinics, play days and other working equitation activities. New to the sport? Reach out to your Regional Director and they will help you find ways to connect with people in your region. Looking for ways to help out at shows? Your Regional Director is a great resource and working at a show is a great educational experience.

This year has given me the opportunity to meet and work with some diverse and talented individuals. I am constantly amazed by the broad knowledge and skills that these individuals bring to the organization and their willingness to share their knowledge, their talents and most of all their precious time. And I’m grateful to you, our members, without whom this organization would not exist.

How many times in recent months have you or someone you know said that 2021 has to be better than 2020? The new year is right around the corner and I think 2021 is going to be a great year for working equitation, USAWE and all its members. Together we can build a strong community and continue to grow the sport we all love.

Happy Holidays to each and every one of you.

Leslie Martien
President – USAWE

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Executive Committee

President
Leslie Martien
president@usawe.org

President Elect
Barbara Price
presidentelect@usawe.org

Secretary
Julie Alonzo
secretary@usawe.org

Treasurer
Erin O’Shaughnessy
treasurer@usawe.org

At Large Director 1
Trisha Kiefer-Reed
aldirector1@usawe.org

At Large Director 2
Doreen Atkinson
aldirector2@usawe.org

Regional Directors

Region 1 Director
Kristine Strasburger
r1director@usawe.org

Region 2 Director
Robin Bond
r2director@usawe.org

Region 3 Director
Cindy Branham
r3director@usawe.org

Region 4 Director
Kiki Pantaze
r4director@usawe.org

Region 5 Director
Alex Tyson
r5director@usawe.org

Region 6 Director
Kimberley Hillyer
r6director@usawe.org

Region 7 Director
Rebecca Algar
r7director@usawe.org

Committee Chairs

Awards Committee
Erin Long
awards@usawe.org

Coaches Network
Trisha Kiefer-Reed
coaches@usawe.org

Competitions Committee
Jeanne Bond
competitions@usawe.org

Ethics Committee
Leesa Nero
ethics@usawe.org

Committee Chairs

Licensed Officials Committee
Christy Reich and Doreen Atkinson
loc@usawe.org

Membership Committee
Mindy Finelli
membership@usawe.org

Rules Committee
Jeanne Bond
rules@usawe.org

Website Committee
Kristine Strasburger
r1director@usawe.org

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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