Committee Reports: Sept 2022

Membership Committee

  • USAWE Membership 983 (93 Juniors)
  • Region 1: 256
  • Region 2: 259
  • Region 3: 75
  • Region 4: 56
  • Region 5: 122
  • Region 6: 128
  • Region 7: 75
  • International: 12
By: Olga Hendrickson, Membership Committee Chair

Youth Committee

Membership Spotlight

Amelia Avery, 14 years old, competing for 2 years in working equitation.

“Duke was my first horse and I got him when I was ten years old. It was an absolute dream come true for me -but underneath that dream was a complex story of a mistreated and misused horse who had aggressive tendencies due to mistrust and chronic pain. Duke was in need of a lot of TLC and a “mental reset” when it came to work. Constant work with vets and farriers led us to move him to Aisling Ranch, where we began our uphill journey. Duke underwent four months of training with my incredibly talented trainer, Megan, where we were first introduced to Working Equitation. Using all the different obstacles to educate Duke about his body and mind made so much of a difference. The different phases kept us entertained and thinking-we also found his love for working cattle through Working Equitation! It challenged us in all the right ways and helped us grow as a pair and as individuals. Showing Duke all the new obstacles built so much trust and rapport. He will work through almost every scary object with me. Duke is a completely different horse now thanks to Working Equitation. We currently train and compete at Novice A, but he is a wonderful introduction for new youth to the world of Working Equitation-Maddie just started riding a couple of months ago and is now competing at Intro with Duke! Duke is an incredible teacher and is so patient and willing to work. Without Working Equitation and my trainer (who also competes), Duke would be an explosive emotional train wreck. The wonderful community at shows has built us up and showing him is an absolute joy. I am so incredibly proud of how far my boy has come, and I look forward to competing more and watching other kids compete on him!” -Amelia Avery


By: Youth  Committee Members

Licensed Officials Committee

The Licensed Officials Committee would like to invite the USAWE membership to join us via Zoom on Wednesday, September 21 at 5:00 pm Pacific Time (6:00 Mountain, 7:00 Central, 8:00 Eastern) for a LOC Hot Topics- Fall 2022 Webinar.  

In this Hot Topics Webinar, we will talk about questions and situations that our licensed officials have observed over the past few competition months that we can provide clarity on and we will also hear a report from LOC Co-Chair, Doreen Atkinson on the Working Equitation World Championships in Les Herbiers, France this past summer.  

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 012588
Or One tap mobile :
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Or Telephone:
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Webinar ID: 852 8845 3275
Passcode: 012588
International numbers available:

By Doreen Atkinson & Christy Reich, LOC Committee Co-chairs

USAWE International Competition Task Force

Composition of Task Force

Comprised of five individuals who must be current USAWE members in good standing: USAWE president and president-elect, and three others from nominations by USAWE members and selected by the Board of Directors. The chairperson of the task force will be designated by task force members from the three appointed positions. The chairperson will serve as spokesperson for the task force, and as liaison with international working equitation counterparts. The International Competition Task Force (ICTF) is a temporary task force convened to draft and oversee the development of USAWE’s international competition platform. It will be in force for up to 12 months from formation. After the 12-month term, the USAWE Board of Directors may extend the term or opt to merge task force activities into one or more official committees.

Description of International Competition Task Force Responsibilities

Develop, oversee and manage all aspects USAWE’s international competition policies and procedures, including but not limited to:

  • Develop criteria for selection of USA National Team from qualified competitor pool
  • Create national team tack and attire requirements
  • Serve as USAWE’s liaison with WAWE and manages other international competition relationships
  • Assist with making arraignments for USAWE’s participation in international competition
  • Reports to USAWE’s Board of Directors and provides regular updates, briefs on international WE competition events, and seeks board approvals when appropriate and/or required by USAWE Bylaws.

Preferred Qualifications for Task Force Appointees

  • Extensive Knowledge of Working Equitation and USAWE organization
  • Experience working in an international role or environment
  • Upper-level riding and/or equestrian credentials
  • Diverse knowledge of the equestrian sector
  • Excellent interpersonal and team-building skills
  • Demonstrated computer and electronic communication skills


LINKS Updated Description
Banner Order Form   Order the USAWE Banner using the form provided in the link. All banner orders must be submitted at least 20 business days (4 weeks) before your needed date.
Course Design Approval Guide  01/14/2023 Covers basic course design requirements. EOH and Speed courses must be reviewed/approved by a licensed official. 
Current Members   Show Manager is required to validate rider's entry form's USAWE membership number.  List is updated by the Membership Committee

Dispensation Certificate Application - MS Word

Dispensation Certificate Application - PDF

Riders with disabilities use this form to apply for a Dispensation Certificate that approves the use of adaptive equipment and other allowances. 
Dressage arena dimensions   Provides Dressage arena dimensions and diagonal measurements to aid in setup.

Emergency Plan (sample) - MS Word

Emergency Plan (sample) - PDF

4/25/2022 Emergency Plan instructions prepared by Safety Coordinator. (Competition Manual 4.3)
Entry Form (sample) - MS Word  2/2/2022 First page can be modified as needed. Second page cannot be changed. (Competition Manual 4.3)
Entry Order - One Day Show (L1 - L7) - MS Word Sample 3/24/2022 A sample Entry Order (Start List) for Show Managers User's Manual  1/10/2023

For competitions that want to use the online scoring/placing program.  

Use GIRA to select show participants, create your show's Entry Order (Start List) and personalized Dressage, Ease of Handling, Speed, and Cattle Scorecards, score/place each Division and Performance Level and download Show Results in the format needed by Quick Reference Guide  1/10/2023 For those familiar with GIRA who just need a checklist of steps. Show Entries



Instructions on setting show up to accept show entries using the GIRA online software program.  
Guest Judge Card Application  1/24/2021 Judges must hold a current WE Judge License issued by their country's national WE organization and apply for a USAWE international Guest Judge License.
Horse Recording Form   All horses competing at USAWE licensed competitions must be registered with USAWE. Complete the horse recording process on our Membership page or use the link to the left for a direct connection to the form.  List is updated by the Membership Committee.
Insurance - address to use when requesting a certificate of additional insured for USAWE as required for licensed shows  

5006 Forsyth Place
Boulder, CO 80303

Email a PDF of the insurance policy to

*Judge Evaluation form   Show Manager uses this online form to assess Judge(s) performance. (Competition Manual 7. 2)
Liability Release Form  2/21/2022 USAWE Release, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnification Agreement may be used for licensed competitions. 
Licensed Official Confirmation & Contract - MS Word Sample



A sample licensed official confirmation & contract

Logo (USAWE)



To use for prize lists & show advertising for USAWE licensed competitions. 

Visit Corporate Records for the USAWE Brand Logo Guidelines Questions?  Contact the Marketing Committee 

Non-member Voucher  

Non-members can use a One-Time Voucher to cover the non-member fee at a single licensed (non-championship) show (one per lifetime).

Names will automatically appear on the Membership Info voucher list so show secretaries can verify voucher status.  

Obstacle Specifications Checklist.pdf  9/7/2021 List of obstacle specifications (per performance level) for EOH and Speed course setup/reset.  Useful for Judge, TD and ground crew.   
Planning Your Show Schedule - Recommended Time Allotments 3/24/2022 Recommended time allotments to help Working Equitation show managers plan your show day (Entry Order, Ride Times, Breaks, Course Setup for Performance Levels, Course Walks, Protest Filings, Awards, etc.) for Dressage, EOH, Speed, and Cattle Trials.
Prize List (sample)  1/29/2022 Suggested basic information to be included in a prize list.  (Competition Manual 4.2)   
Protest Requirement Summary 10/20/2021 A synopsis of protest requirements and time limits. (Competition Manual 5.3)
Recorded Horses   Show Manager is required to validate show entry's USAWE horse recording number.  List is updated by the Membership Committee.
Results Submission Guide  11/27/2021 Provides instructions for submitting show results.  Updated for the 2022 show season.
*Results Sheet - WE Competition (non Gira)  11/27/2021

Use this form to report show results for a WE competition (Dressage, EOH, Speed, Cattle trials). If you use the GIRA online scoring program, download and send in the Excel file that program provides instead.

Email Show Results (manual excel or GIRA file) to

Scoresheet, EOH - MS Word

Scoresheet, EOH - PDF

Scoresheet, Speed - MS Word

Scoresheet, Speed - PDF

Scoresheet, Cattle, Individual - PDF

Scoresheet, Cattle, Team - PDF

 Revision 5, 12/1/2021

Non-GIRA Scoresheets

Secretary can manually enter EOH and Speed obstacle data in advance, as well as competitor data.

Secretary manually enters Cattle trial competitor data.

Show Entries - Google Form



Instructions to create an online Working Equitation show entry form using a Google Form
Show Entries - Google Form Sample



A sample Google Form online Working Equitation show entry form
Tack and Attire Checklist  9/25/2021 Useful for Technical Delegate, Paddock and Gate Steward.  
TD Duties and Responsibilities 10/28/2020  A list of duties the Technical Delegate (TD) should complete at all licensed WE competitions. 
*TD Evaluation form   Show Manager uses this online form to assess TD performance. (Competition Manual 7. 2)
TD Report worksheet   TD can use this worksheet to keep track of information during a competition that can later be used when filing the online Technical Delegate Report Form.
*TD Report form   TD uses this online form to report on licensed  competitions. (Competition Manual 7.1 )


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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