Regional Reports

R1 Feb. 2021


By: Kristine Strasburger
Hello to everyone in Region 1!

As mentioned in the Membership Report above, Donna Luoma is heading up a great idea with the member feature articles. Region 1 ended up being one of the lucky few to receive a member feature article! Introducing USAWE Region 1 member, Leslie Quenell!

I am Leslie Quenell of Lopez Island, WA. I am a new member and started learning WE last spring with my Quarter horse, Fox. He is a 15-year-old and loves trails. He also seems to enjoy the obstacles, and we are working on the dressage piece. Our biggest challenge is the gate, but he enjoys the rest of the obstacles. Working on the obstacles has helped him overcome his claustrophobia. My favorite obstacle is the double slalom because Fox really gets into it. Fox and I have been learning and practicing dressage before WE and continue to do dressage as well as our favorite trail riding. I grew up in SE Oregon chasing cows up and down the Warner Mountains. Fox and I love cow work…no surprise as that is what he was bred to do.

I learned about WE from the internet and went to our first clinic last summer with Kelly Munro. I intend to keep practicing and learning WE and dressage and hope to go to more clinics/shows in the next year.”

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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