R5 Sept. 2021


By: Alex Tyson

So much Talent in region 5!

I just wanted to highlight some recent accomplishments of our Region 5 members this year, because they are AWESOME!

Kris Blacklock joins the ranks of Lifetime Bronze Medal Winners!

Wisconsin USAWE member Kris Blacklock secured the final scores needed to earn a Lifetime Bronze Rider Medal in Working Equitation at the Kemp Horsemanship competitions on July 24-25, 2021. Kris earned her scores on her beloved Quarter Horse mare Boon Ocean Blue, who unexpectedly passed away June 12th, and on her gaited Rocky Mountain Horse gelding Gambler’s Jackpot who made his L3 debut that weekend. Both horses were self-trained and successfully competed in all (4) Trials – Dressage, Ease of Handling, Speed and Cow Working.

 Kris Blacklock and Gambler’s Jackpot

Another Major accomplishment for a Region 5 member this year was the completion of a MASTER’S LEVEL RIDE! At USAWE Brecksville competitions held September 4-5th Emily Gill and her Morgan, Coulee Bend Kahlua, competed at Master’s level! They earned scores of 65.74 in dressage and 66% in EOH. How cool to have such talent in our region! It was really awesome for the other competitors to gather and watch the Master’s level rounds. A handful of youth were competing at these shows as well and I couldn’t help but to think how wonderful it was for the next generation of Working Equitation riders got to see what can be done. Hopefully, they are inspired to someday do it themselves.

There are MANY wonderful trainers. judges, clinicians, competitors, and enthusiasts in region 5 but I just wanted to highlight these folks on their recent, wonderful accomplishments!

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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