Regional News

R1 March 2024



By: Sara Mackenzie — Region 1 Director

Hello, Region 1!

I am excited to share that we are kicking off the Region 1 Education Series this month. Our first virtual session is on Monday March 18th. If you joined, hurrah! If not, don’t worry, we have more to come. This is the schedule – some topics and data are yet to be determined but next up we have a timely “Goal Setting Workship” with the amazing Jen Verharen of Cadence Coaching. As always, I love to hear from you if you have ideas, questions, or feedback. Be sure you are following the USA Working Equitation Region 1 Facebook page and check your email for instructions on how to sign up to join us!

Region 1 USAWE Educational Series 2024
Moving on Up: Monday March 18th, 6:60pm - 7:30pm (Pacific)
  • Welcome & Introductions
  • USA Working Equitation Levels and Objectives
  • Reflections from USAWE President & S judge Doreen Atkinson & our very own Kimberlee Barker,
  • Laura Stutesman & Trisha Kiefer-Reed
  • Q&A
Goal Setting Workshop: Monday April 8th, 6:30pm-8:00 pm (Pacific)

Guest: Jen Verharen, Cadence Coaching
This will be a structured workshop and 90 minutes. Jen is a lifelong horsewoman and has trained and competed in upper-level dressage and eventing. She is a USDF Certified Instructor, USDF bronze and silver medalist, USPC graduate A and USPC National Examiner.

Getting the Most Out of Your Judge Feedback (Dressage and EOH): May TBD, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm
  1. Why you should ALWAYS pick up your dressage and EOH tests at shows!
    How to interpret the point scores (1-10)
  2. How to understand the judges’ comments
  3. How to use what you learn from tests to adjust goals and improve
Traveling with horses: June (TBD), 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

Factors to consider for the long haul (and short)

  1. Horse welfare
  2. Timing the drive, horse hotels
  3. International travel with horses
Being our best self for our horse(s): July TBD, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

Conditioning and cross training for the human athlete

  1. R1 members Jake LeClair, former Division 1 Polo Player & TBD

Feeding our Friends: August TBD, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

Natalie Sullivan, MS, PAS On Course Equine Nutrition, an independent equine nutritionist

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