September 2021 E-News

Category: Newsletters

President’s Letter

By: Leslie Martien

Dear USAWE Members,

This is an exciting time for our organization. Nearly a year has passed since WE United and the Confederation for Working Equitation merged to form USAWE. As we begin our second election process with a call for candidates, it’s exciting to see the list of members who have been nominated to serve the organization on the Board of Directors. For a current list please go to https://usawe.org/election-information/.

Candidate statements will be posted on the USAWE website no later than October 15th. Please take the time to read each statement carefully and give careful consideration to each candidate. Reach out to the candidates and get to know them; their job is to do the hard work that keeps the organization running while supporting USAWE, its members, and the sport of Working Equitation. Do what you can to support them during the election process and during their tenure on the board. Get the word out and make sure you and your fellow members vote for the candidate(s) of your choice when the ballots come out on November 1st.

In other news, there have been several inquiries recently as to our 501c3 status. Here’s an update. The day I filed the paperwork with the IRS for USAWE to become a 501c3 organization I marked my calendar for 180 days later, near the end of August, the soonest the IRS said to expect a response from them. So, 180 days later I checked the status of our application only to find out that the application had not yet been assigned to an agent (apparently the IRS receives 95,000 applications for tax-exempt status each year)! When I called the number posted on the IRS website a recording said that “All agents are busy. Please hang up and call back another time”. After numerous phone calls it became very clear that getting through to an agent was very unlikely. Just recently I rechecked to website and, based on the date the application was filed, it looks like it has finally been assigned to an agent. It’s still not clear how long the approval process will take but with a little luck it will happen fairly soon.

Thank you for being a member of USAWE – keep an eye on you inbox and please remember to vote!

Leslie Martien
USAWE President

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
Leesa Nero
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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