R1 Sept. 2021

REGION 1

By: Kristine Strasburger

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the hosting team at the Big Sky Horse Park in Missoula, Montana for hosting a fantastic show weekend at the start of this month.  Friday was a B-rated WE Show, allowing one final chance for people to qualify for the Region 1 Championship held on Saturday and Sunday.  One rider did qualify for Regionals at the Friday Show.  In addition to the Championship Show, an A-Rated Show was run concurrently, allowing those who didn’t qualify for the Regional competition to continue to show on Saturday and Sunday.  I thought this was a great way to allow all competitors to get the most out of their travel expenses, and fully enjoy the weekend.  Overall, the whole long weekend was a huge success, and a great time for everyone.  The weather was superb, and allowed us all to enjoy the wide open spaces of that fantastic venue.  There was a wide variety of entertainment which drew quite a good crowd on Saturday afternoon.  New people were introduced to the sport of Working Equitation as a result of these added features.  Great job, Team!

 

A big thanks to the official show photographer, Vicki Correia of Montana Magic Photography, for donating these photos from the Region 1 Championship to USAWE so we could feature them here.

Valerie Larson & Annie     

Jodi Anderson & Sugar

Trisha Kiefer-Reed & Highly Prescribed aka Pumbaa

Here are links to the complete photo galleries for the 2021 Region 1 Championship:

Saturday Photos 
Sunday Photos

I have enjoyed serving this year as your Region 1 Director.  I will not be running for re-election, not because I want to step away from serving this organization, but because I want to open up opportunities for others to give it a try.  Serving as a Regional Director has been very rewarding, and I want others to experience it.  It is good for new perspectives to be brought to the table from time to time.  Although the nomination period will have ended before this newsletter goes out, I’m hoping that everyone who has been nominated (and I nominated quite a few people) will give it a try.  At least consider how you could help promote and further the health of the organization and run for election with your best foot forward.  Give the membership choices by being willing to give something new a try.

 

I am looking forward to continuing to serve in my appointment as the new Affiliate Organization Program Coordinator, and also on the other committees I currently serve on.  Thanks to everyone in Region 1 for making this a really great year!

Until next time, happy riding!

Kristine Strasburger
USAWE Region 1 Director
r1director@usawe.org
(208) 818-0400

Upcoming Region 1 Events
(October – December)

Coached Playday (participants and auditors welcome)

October 2, 2021
Embrace Equine Center, Athol, Idaho
Kristine Strasburger, (208) 818-0400
ipweidaho@gmail.com
Idaho Panhandle Working Equitation

Clinic / Schooling Show
October 2-3, 2021
Dream River Ranch
8894 W Martha Ave., Oasis, ID 83647
Willa Rose, (208) 602-3265
willa@dreamriverranch.org

WE Oregon Halloween Show
October 30, 2021 – October 31, 2021
Oregon Horse Center
Prairie Rd., Eugene, OR, 97403
Julie Alonzo (530) 521-8755 (txt)
WorkingEquitationOregon@gmail.com

 

Region 1 Reminders

Don’t forget to check out the USAWE Calendar for events near you.  New events are added all the time, so check back often.

Also, check the USAWE Affiliate Organizations page to find an AO near you.  Don’t have an Affiliate Organization near you?  Why don’t you get some friends together and form one?  We can all do something to help Working Equitation grow in the United States.  What can you do to help?  Connect with me if you need support.  That’s what I’m here for.

Kristine Strasburger
USAWE Region 1 Director
r1director@usawe.org
(208) 818-0400

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
Dan Dahlke
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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