February 2021 E-News

Category: Newsletters

President’s Letter

By: Leslie Martien

Dear USAWE Members,
February 6th was a momentous occasion – USAWE held its first Annual Member Meeting! We had nearly 70 members “Zoom” in for the meeting, and our Board of Directors and Committee Chairs did their best to answer questions that were presented ahead of time or during the meeting.

Kristine Strasburger, Region 1 Director, put together a very informative PowerPoint presentation, and Cindy Branham, Region 3 Director, did a superb job of fielding and directing questions throughout the meeting.

Due to the limited time and the complexity of some of the questions presented, not all questions were addressed during the meeting. But rest assured, we have saved all of your questions, and are working on getting you answers.

Perhaps the most frequently asked question was whether or not USAWE would be holding a National Championship this year. The short answer is no, not this year. There are a number of factors that played into that decision: the election of a new board late in 2020; challenges with securing a viable location; developing a National Show Committee; and uncertainty as to the number of members who could or would be able to show in 2021. The number of shows scheduled for this year is very encouraging and we look forward to putting on a National Show in 2022!

For those of you whose schedule prevented you from attending the meeting on February 6th, the information from the meeting is still readily available. Go to our website at USAWE.org, and select Corporate Records. If you scroll down the page, you’ll find Annual Member Meeting – 2021 and links to the meeting minutes, video and PowerPoint slides.

The USAWE Board and I would like to thank all of you for your support, encouragement, participation, and enthusiasm. Please keep your ideas and your questions coming – we love hearing from you!

Leslie Martien
USAWE President
president@usawe.org

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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