June 2022

Membership Committee

  • Current number of USAWE members: 843 (of which 78 are Juniors)
  • Region 1 – 223
  • Region 2 – 224
  • Region 3 – 53
  • Region 4 – 47
  • Region 5 – 107
  • Region 6 – 108
  • Region 7 – 69
  • Int – 12
  • Number of recorded horses: 3085
By: Olga Hendrickson, Membership Committee Chair

Coaches Network

Coaches in your region:

Region 1

Trisha Kiefer-Reed of Wolf Creek, MT

Region 2

Ashley Bowers of Cave Creek, AZ

Polly Limond of San Diego, CA

Sue Watkins of Riverside, CA

Region 3

Chris Stanko of Niwot, CO

Region 5

Emily Kemp of Newton, WI

Michelle Lackey of Medina, OH

Erica Peet of Wonder Lake, IL

Region 6

Bree Sprik of Ancramdale, NY*

Holly Linz of Woodbine, MD

Stephanie Hayes of Johnson, VT

*Welcome to our newest recognized coaches!

To learn more about our coaches or how to become a coach visit: usawe.org/coaches

Get To Know A Recognized USAWE Coach

Polly Limond of San Diego, CA

What inspires you to be a Working Equitation coach?

I love the different trials that challenge the horse and rider to be well rounded. I want to help riders learn balance and bend, dressage basics that make a horse better in any discipline!”

What is your favorite obstacle? Why?

Slaloms, both double and single, because they are the most difficult and are so beautiful when performed well!”

What is your best tip for competitors heading into the show ring?

Ride your horse and not the obstacles!”

What is your favorite trick for remembering WE courses?

I look at my approaches and exit strategies for each obstacle, leads and bend for the next obstacle, and that helps me remember where I’m going. I try to walk each course at least 3 times.”

Your all time favorite WE horse?

Definitely Tiger, who was badly abused as a young horse and gave his all to me once I gained his trust. He was my first WE horse and had no fear. I miss him every day!”

What would your students say is your catchphrase?

Ride your horse, not the obstacle!”

What non-equestrian activities do you love to do?

Scuba diving, travel”

Thanks for the great information, Polly! Learn more about Polly and all our coaches at: usawe.org/coaches

Check back next month to learn about our next featured coach from our diverse network!

By: Coaches Network Committee Member

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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