May 2021 E-News

Category: Newsletters

President’s Letter

By: Leslie Martien

Regional Championships

As of May 30, 2021, members in three different regions have self-organized and applied for licenses to host Regional Championships this year. The first to get on the books was the Region 6 Championship being hosted by our Affiliate Organization New England Working Equitation in Pennsylvania. Soon thereafter, a group of members from Region 2 announced their plan to host a championship in California. Most recently, the Big Sky Horse Park in Missoula, MT stepped up to organize the Region 1 Championship.

QUESTION: Who can compete in a Regional Championship?
ANSWER: Any member of USAWE who has earned qualifying scores at at least one USAWE licensed competition held in that region during the qualifying period.

QUESTION: What is a Qualifying Score?
ANSWER: To qualify to compete at a Regional Championship, you must have earned an average Dressage and EOH score of 58% or higher and, for those in Novice A and above, not disqualified in Speed.

QUESTION: What options do we have if we live in a region without a Regional Championship?
ANSWER: Consider traveling to a neighboring region to qualify at one of their licensed competitions this season, or gather a dedicated group of people and organize a championship competition in your own region — it’s not too late!

QUESTION: What is involved in organizing a Championship?
ANSWER: The US Rules for Working Equitation outline the requirements for Regional Championship competitions. Staffing is often the biggest challenge. Regional Championships require at least two “R”, “S”, or WAWE International Judges to officiate over every trial. They must have a licensed Technical Delegate, as well as a veterinarian, farrier, and EMT staff on site throughout the competition.

Region 1 Championship

September 4-5, 2021
Big Sky Horse Park
Missoula, MT
contact: Sheila Mealey
sheila@westernsportfloors.com

Region 2 Championship

October 22-24, 2021
International Agri-Center
Tulare, CA
contact: Sue Watkins
horseysue@gmail.com

Region 6 Championship

September 17-19, 2021
The Grange Park Equine Center
Centre Hall, PA
contact: Cheryl-Ann Withrow
newenglandworkingequitation@gmail.com

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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