R2 Jan. 2021


By: Robin Bond
A Happy New Year to All!

Region 2 has had a bit of a rocky start with your director’s lack of social media savvy. With renewed energy, I have worked on our region’s Facebook page to try to engage with more of you. Please feel free to send me ideas for content and discussion on the USA Working Equitation – Region 2 page.

The current post on that page is asking about historical artwork from parts of our region that shows cattle working traditions unique to that part of the region. We are looking for some art depicting Paniolos, Buckaroos, Vaqueros and perhaps early Basque, Portuguese, and Spanish settlers to our region.

You will also find posts with show and clinic dates from the Arizona Working Equitation Club, the Northern California Summer Fun show series, Poway Valley Riders Association, and Rancho Descanso, the last two in Southern California.

Those of you who are not active on Facebook, please check the usawe.org website frequently for changes, particularly on the calendar. There are a number of tentative dates for shows and clinics that may not have been added to the official calendar yet, and you won’t want to miss them.

There are also some online groups forming on MeWe for those of you who do not participate on Facebook. Jessica Mosbaugh is moderating a Working Equitation Northern California on MeWe.

Pinned to the top of the Facebook page is the registration form for the USAWE Annual Member Meeting on February 6. I encourage you all to participate in this Zoom format. You can find more information regarding our first membership meeting at the bottom of this newsletter and on the usawe.org website.

Region 2 Jan. Report

Shifting gears, I would like to reflect on the vast potential Working Equitation has in the United States. Not since the big National Open shows of years long past have we been able to see such a variety of breeds and styles.

United States breeds, grade horses, and imports from all over the globe compete on an even footing. It is a stunning pageant of equids; every size and color, with representatives from mules and donkeys as well.

While we all know that not every horse can make it to Masters level, it is gratifying to see the entire spectrum enjoying themselves at the level they can.

If you would like to see some member or breed spotlights for our region in the next newsletter, please send your information to me at r2director@usawe.org.

Also in the works is a regional show. Several members have been working on selecting a central location and putting together an action plan.

If you have interest in helping to plan the regional show, please contact me at r2director@usawe.org.

Many blessings for the new year, Robin Bond.

Executive Committee

Leslie Martien

President Elect
Barbara Price

Julie Alonzo

Erin O’Shaughnessy

At Large Director 1
Trisha Kiefer-Reed

At Large Director 2
Doreen Atkinson

Regional Directors

Region 1 Director
Kristine Strasburger

Region 2 Director
Robin Bond

Region 3 Director
Cindy Branham

Region 4 Director
Kiki Pantaze

Region 5 Director
Alex Tyson

Region 6 Director
Kimberley Hillyer

Region 7 Director
Rebecca Algar

Committee Chairs

Awards Committee
Erin Long

Coaches Network
Trisha Kiefer-Reed

Competitions Committee
Jeanne Bond

Ethics Committee
Dan Dahlke

Committee Chairs

Licensed Officials Committee
Christy Reich and Doreen Atkinson

Membership Committee
Mindy Finelli

Rules Committee
Jeanne Bond

Website Committee
Kristine Strasburger

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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