R5 August 2021

REGION 5

By: Alex Tyson

Getting Ready for Regionals!

Entries are open for the Region 5 Championships on October 22-25th at Hoosier Horse Park in Indiana!

So far there are entries from Intro-Advanced. Even if you are not a competitor, regionals would be an AWESOME opportunity to witness higher levels of the sport. Besides competition and spectating, lots of fun is being planned for the championship. A welcome party, prize table, and my personal favorite “WE Jubilee” which is an event where individuals, barns, clubs, whoever, can set up food, drinks, and or activities outside of their stall. “Themes” are encouraged and everyone is invited to go around and have refreshments, play some games, and just join in the fun of a big event that brings people from all over the Midwest together! I personally am already planning my stall party and getting together all the elements to go all out! I hope to see you at regionals, whether as a spectator or a competitor. If I haven’t met you already, come say hi!

Big shows like these require a lot of planning and commitment, so NOW is the time to start thinking about it! Entries Close October 1st so there is still time to qualify at the upcoming shows at Karmik Acres (IL), CADS Brecksville(OH), and Rach Riding Academy (MI). A 58% average from dressage and EOH is required to qualify as well as competing and completing (no DQ’S) all phases at a rated USAWE competition. So for example at the Introductory level you would need to complete dressage and EOH, getting a score for each phase and combining them for a 58% average. For Novice A and above, the same thing would need to happen as well as no DQ in speed for that qualifying show. Participants must qualify as a horse-rider pair at the level they wish to compete at. Scores must be earned in Region 5 in the 2020 or 2021 competition year. Entries can be done online by clicking the show link on the competition calendar. The event also offers non-Championship classes for people who have not earned qualifying scores but who want to join in the fun.

Classes will have open, amateur, and youth divisions. How cool! I am excited to make memories with fellow Working Equitation enthusiasts, and am also thankful that our region is as robust in showing as it is. There are multiple opportunities to qualify in almost every state in the region. Our region also has a ton of playdays, clinics, and educational opportunities. We even recently had a cattle trial at the Kemp Horsemanship show in WI! How cool! I just feel really lucky that we have such a cool region where tons of people put forth their time, effort, and energy as show organizers, and that is reciprocated by wonderful people attending shows, traveling large distances, forming friendships, and all contributing to the best sport around.

Alex Tyson
Region 5 Director
USAWE

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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