WE Post: March 2023 E-News

March 2023 E-News

Category: eNews

President’s Letter

By: Chris Stanko

Hello to all USAWE Members and Happy Spring!

It’s been busy as President of USAWE. We (the board and committees) are working on setting up our banking, providing structure to our policies and procedures, awards, marketing and many other programs. The LOC is working hard to educate our licensed officials, plus planning the Licensed Officials Seminar coming up in June.

There will be some changes in the structure of USAWE to smooth, strengthen, and improve how we run as a business. We have had some turnover within the committees and the board. Now I believe we have a good working group. Communication is key to our team!


The volunteer hours are very heavy at times, especially as we reorganize. Volunteers are the backbone of USAWE!

I’d like to take this moment to express my sincere THANK YOU to all our volunteers. Your talent, dedication and skills are simply amazing. I would also like to say a special THANK YOU to Kris Blacklock for all your time, skills, professionalism, transparency, and endless energy.

Ride Softly
Ride with Grace
Ride with Rhythm
Ride with Tact

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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