R5 July 2021


By: Alex Tyson

Hello WE Friends!

Region 5 has been busy with shows and preparing for our first Regional Championship.

On June 12 and 13, there was a show at Brecksville Stables in Ohio where riders enjoyed a great weekend with judge Tarrin Warren.  We had more than 15 youth and adult riders in attendance from several states competing from introductory through masters levels.

On June 25, 26, and 27, there was a show in Michigan at Rach Riding Academy with nearly 20 youth and adult riders from Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.  Despite rain and very slippery conditions, the group was able to participate safely and with many personal successes.  Tarrin Warren returned to Region 5 for this show.

On July 3 and 4, the annual Independence WE-ekend show was in Illinois at Fox Valley Saddle Association.  Kim Roe was the judge for this show.  Despite hot weather, riders were in high spirits.  There were youth and adult riders competing from introductory through intermediate B levels.

There are opportunities throughout the region for riders interested in learning more about WE.  There are WE play days scheduled at Fox Valley Saddle Association (Illinois), practice sessions at KarMik Acres (Illinois), and a clinic scheduled in Minnesota (July 31-Aug 1).

Upcoming shows include:

July 24-25 – Show in Wisconsin at The Horse First Farm

A full list of shows and other events is available online.

We are thrilled to announce our first Regional Championship October 22 – 25, 2021 at the Hoosier Horse Park in Indiana.  This is also an A-rated show.  There are still volunteer and sponsorship opportunities!

Reach out to Alex Tyson if you are interested in volunteering or sponsoring the Championship (R5Director@usawe.org).  Registration and additional information is available here.

Alex Tyson
Region 5 Director

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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