Linda Frazier

REGION 3 MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Linda Frazier
I have ridden for almost 30 years, competing and showing horses. Over the years, I have shown in dressage, jumping, western pleasure, trail, ranch horse classes, cutting, reining, cowboy mounted shooting and extreme cowboy racing.They were all fun but something was always missing. Then in 2017, Cindy Branham introduced me to Working Equitation. I had finally found a sport that included horsemanship, constant challenges and the adrenal rush. Dressage has taught me how to ride movements I never thought possible with my horse. The Obstacles keep me from getting bored and show me exactly which maneuvers I need to work on. Going fast is not my favorite thing, but during the Speed Trial, I forget all about that and have so much fun. I compete with two horses: Starlights Express at Level 4 and Star Lights Red Cat at Level 3.

In September, I am hosting the Working Eq. show at the Kansas State Fair for the second time. Working Equitation was totally unknown here in my area. My goal is to change that. Last week, I hosted a free clinic and play day introducing Working Equitation. Everyone that came was blown away about how much fun they had learning this sport. During this clinic it became apparent that understanding Dressage is essential.

My skill set has grown more in the past five years than in all of the other 30. But, I would say the friendships I have developed are a big factor in my love of the sport.

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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