March 2021 E-News

Category: Newsletters

President’s Letter

By: Leslie Martien

Dear USAWE Members,

Snow, rain, mud and shedding – sure signs that spring is right around the corner! And with it is the anticipation of shows and clinics and the opportunity for many of us to dig out our obstacles and begin to train our horses in earnest. So far there are 76 shows scheduled across the country – our Judges, Technical Delegates and provisional TDs are going to be kept busy.

In fact, many shows struggle to find qualified TDs. If you’ve ever thought about becoming a licensed TD but have been intimidated by the process, the Licensed Official’s Committee has an excellent Provisional TD program. The experience you get as a Provisional TD can be applied towards your TD license and that experience helps you learn the sport “from the inside out”.

To that end, our Licensed Officials Committee continues to work hard to develop their educational programs and just recently held their first, online educational webinar that was hugely successful. They are committed to providing our Licensed Officials with the best educational opportunities possible until the time comes when we can gather in person.

After the disappointing year we had last year, I hope each of you finds plenty of opportunities to compete in shows, ride in clinics or simply introduce your horses to new obstacles. Reach out to your Regional Directors to find out what’s going on in your area.

As Working Equitation continues to grow it will be easier and easier to find events near you. And remember – your continuing education is important too. Volunteer, scribe, TD or audit an educational seminar. No matter how much you know there’s always something new to learn. After all, isn’t that what keeps Working Equitation interesting and exciting?

Leslie Martien
USAWE President

Executive Committee

Leslie Martien

President Elect
Barbara Price

Julie Alonzo

Erin O’Shaughnessy

At Large Director 1
Trisha Kiefer-Reed

At Large Director 2
Doreen Atkinson

Regional Directors

Region 1 Director
Kristine Strasburger

Region 2 Director
Robin Bond

Region 3 Director
Cindy Branham

Region 4 Director
Kiki Pantaze

Region 5 Director
Alex Tyson

Region 6 Director
Kimberley Hillyer

Region 7 Director
Rebecca Algar

Committee Chairs

Awards Committee
Erin Long

Coaches Network
Trisha Kiefer-Reed

Competitions Committee
Jeanne Bond

Ethics Committee
Leesa Nero

Committee Chairs

Licensed Officials Committee
Christy Reich and Doreen Atkinson

Membership Committee
Mindy Finelli

Rules Committee
Jeanne Bond

Website Committee
Kristine Strasburger

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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