The Role of Local Groups
USAWE understands the important role that local groups play in helping people learn about Working Equitation and organizing WE events in their area.
USAWE offers independent local organizations involved in WE the opportunity to be officially recognized as USAWE Affiliate Organizations. This page lists the current Affiliate Organizations.
At the end of each membership year, our adult members of USAWE are given the option to designate $5 from their membership to an Affiliate Organization of their choice.
To apply or renew to be recognized as an Affiliate Organization with USAWE, click here.
Have questions? Need to update your AO information? Email us!
Affiliate Organizations Program Coordinator
Alaska – Wasilla
AK Livin' The Dream Ranch
Phone #: 907-433-9094
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AK-Livin-The-Dream-Ranch-LLC-1094382034018551
Main Contact: Kelli Walsh-Schwab
We offer dressage and riding/horsemanship lessons to help promote the fun sport of Working Equitation for the Mid-Alaska area. We hope to hold clinics in the near future.
Arizona – Tucson
Main Contact: Amy Star
The Arizona Working Equitation Club hosts a series of schooling shows and rated shows each year. AZWEC offers year end high point awards for members participating in each years AZWEC shows. The club shares learning opportunities such as clinics, ride a tests, and lessons with its members. AZWEC also carries insurance to assist show coordinators with shows and clinics. AZWEC is a fun supportive group of horsemen that enjoy the camaraderie and challenge of the sport of Working Equitation.
Arizona – Scottsdale
Main Contact: Lynn Kelley
The USMMA is a non-profit group of members from the US and Canada. We are a small, passionate group that own or just love Mangalarga Marchador horses, an Iberian-based Brazilian breed. The association’s main focus is on our registry and breed standards that follow and mimic the original Brazilian association, the ABCCMM. We are an official affiliate of the ABCCMM and work closely with them in many areas. Here in North America, we actively promote and publicize the Mangalarga Marchador breed to grow their numbers and encourage participation in local events and sports.
California – Fiddletown
Main Contact: Jessica Mosbaugh
NorCal Working Equitation is being formed to unite and support the members of USAWE and host a variety of shows and clinics including the Summer Fun Working Equitation Show Series at Rancho Murieta, CA.
California – Poway
Main Contact: Janice Kall
The Poway Valley Riders Association was established in 1960 to foster a diversified interest in horses and family related activities. We have offered Rated Working Equitation events since 2018. We encourage participation in our USAWE Licensed events, which are designed to be fun and educational.
Colorado – Niwot
High Country Working Equitation
Phone #: 979-846-6129
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/highcountryworkingequitation/
Main Contact: Chris Stanko
High Country Working Equitation (HCWE) is a Colorado 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation supported through sponsorship and club membership dues and fees paid to attend our shows and clinics. It is our desire to offer a variety of educational and competitive opportunities for riders engaged in Working Equitation with the end goal to assist in sending U.S riders to represent American cultural traditions on the international stage.
Florida – High Springs
Main Contact: Heather Walters
We are a horse show management group that host Working Equitation clinics, schooling shows and rated shows. We also host rated dressage shows.
Florida – Morriston
Main Contact: Barbara Snyder
The GVHS is the registry for the Gypsy Vanner Horse internationally. We register horses in 18 countries thus far. We would like our members to become active in your organization, and we will provide a year-end award.
Georgia – Powder Springs
Working Equitation Georgia
Phone #: 404-518-4844
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WorkingEquitationGeorgiaLLC
Main Contact: Laurie Wilson
WEGA is a non-profit group founded to advance the participation of Working Equitation in the great state of Georgia. Our current mission is to provide fun and affordable ways to introduce the versatile sport of Working Equitation to as many horse folks and disciplines as possible with fun and affordable play days, clinics, and schooling shows. As our participation grows, WEGA will include memberships with discounts to WEGA events, host guest clinicians and judges from outside GA, facilitate more schooling shows, and eventually look to host a B rated show.
Idaho – Oasis
Main Contact: Willa Rose
Our Affiliate Organization is devoted to offering holistic training courses emphasizing balance through historical high-school dressage training, and historical mounted military exercises, such as lance and sword drills, negotiating obstacles, and horseback archery. We are devoted to preserving historical horsemanship. Our mother organization is a non-profit charitable organization, since 2003, and it is devoted to helping special needs individuals and their families heal through equine assisted activities and therapies. Adaptive WE activities have always been part of this special needs riding program throughout its history. Our mother organization is Students and Horses Excel, also known with the IRS as SHE, Inc. www.SHEtherapy.org
Idaho – Spirit Lake
Main Contact: Kristine Strasburger
IPWE promotes the sport of Working Equitation through educational initiatives, community outreach, competitions, clinics, presentations, demonstrations and interactive learning activities throughout the Idaho Panhandle and surrounding regions of eastern Washington and western Montana in a way that promotes the welfare of the horse and the practice of good horsemanship.
Illinois – Hampshire
Main Contact: Sandy Klinkey
Fox Valley Saddle Association is a non-profit 501(c)3 that prides itself on its involvement in serving the horse community. We are a members only organization. Our members volunteer their time to provide not only FVSA members but also the general public with community events and horse shows. Specifically offering to the Working Equitation world Play Days, Schooling Shows and Recognized USAWE Shows.
Illinois – Woodstock
KarMik Acres, Inc.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KarMik.Acres.Horsemanship
Main Contact: Karen Boso
KarMik Acres has constructed an over-the-top, regulation obstacle course and hosts Working Equitation Shows, Practice Sessions & Mini clinics. Karen is an accredited judge and Technical Delegate with USAWE. Karen and Mike hold multiple Year End awards in Levels 1-5. Low pressure, no drama – join the fun!
Kansas – Hutchinson
Main Contact: Linda Frazier
Working Equitation Kansas is a riding club to promote Working Equitation! Working Equitation is a 3-4 stage Competition that builds the all around working horse. Together, equestrians of all riding disciplines can find common ground to work together to build our horses into all around, balanced working horses. WEKS sponsors, clinics, play days, schooling shows, and B-Rated Licensed Working Equitation Competitions. We have Year-End awards each year. Come ride with us in Kansas!
Maryland – Woodbine
Main Contact: Barb Sullivan
Oak Spring Equestrian promotes the sport of working equitation in central Maryland by organizing clinics, shows – both schooling and licensed and playdays at our farm. We are a private farm with an 80×140 indoor, 100×200 outdoor and a full set of working equitation obstacles.
Michigan – Fenton
Main Contact: Alex Tyson
Private and Semi-private lessons in working equitation, clinics, show coaching, horse training, and Working Equitation supplies. We specialize in youth riders and their development and have trained several youth to national recognition.
Minnesota – Cannon Falls
Working Equitation Minnesota
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/130322652533990/?ref=share
Main Contact: Sammi Korinek
We support, develop, grow and share the sport of Working Equitation with Minnesota and neighboring states.
Montana – Billings
Laurel Saddle Club
Phone #: 406-671-2503
Main Contact: Jody Anderson
The mission of the Laurel Saddle Club is to maintain and provide a venue for Equine and Community events and activities, promoting responsible horse ownership, education and safe family fun.
Montana – Missoula
Main Contact: Sheila Mealey
WE Under The Big Sky is a group of dedicated organizers operating under the Big Sky Horse Park, a 501 c-3 nonprofit. We organize shows, clinics and events at the Big Sky Horse Park, a beautiful 90 acre equestrian park and the premier WE facility in Western Montana.
Montana – Wolf Creek
Main Contact: Trisha Kiefer-Reed
Passionate about making the sport of working equitation available to a variety of riders and their equines through lessons and clinics.
New Jersey – Flemington
Main Contact: Susan Hart
The Eastern Region Andalusian Horse club was founded in 1992 by a small group of people who shared a vision: Give Andalusian and Lusitano lovers a place to meet, learn, and share their love of these Iberian breeds with like-minded people as well as a place to find relevant Lusitano and Andalusian horse information. We will promote harmony and goodwill among the community of the Iberian horses: Andalusian, Portuguese, Spanish- Portuguese, and crossbred. We will do this through our annual Breed show, our Working Equitation Show Series, clinics, and social events.
New Mexico – Mimbres
Main Contact: Lauren Gueswel
LGWE is in the process of relocating to southern New Mexico for 2021! Offering WE coaching, training, and clinics at your location or our beautiful Salt Creek Ranch in the Mimbres Valley of the Gila National Forest (just north of Silver City, NM). We are looking forward to promoting the sport of WE in southern NM and supporting the current and future riders in the area and beyond.
New York – Bloomfield
Main Contact: Beth Harrison
Synergy Working Equitation is located in the Finger Lakes Region of NYS. Synergy was started to promote and provide education regarding Working Equitation. 2021 is its fledgling year, with a goal to offer clinics, training and events in the future.
North (and South!) Carolina – Landrum
Main Contact: Megan Malan
CCWE offers instruction, clinics and events for all levels of riders. CCWE focuses on drawing youth and new riders into the WE fold. Club members receive discounts on events. Only paid club members participate in weekly group Club rides at Cadence in Tryon, NC, and have the option of using school horses/ponies. (We are physically located in North Carolina, but receive club mail just across the state line in South Carolina).
Ohio – Brecksville
Main Contact: Stephani Kame
Classical Attraction Dressage Society is a Region 5 member of USAWE and Region 2 GMO member of USDF. We are a non-profit 501(c)(4) organization with the goal of promoting the advancement and sport of Working Equitation and Dressage through “B” rated shows, schooling shows, clinics and horsemanship education. CADS is for riders of all ages, experiences, and skill levels.
Ohio – Hillsboro
Buckeye Working Equitation
Phone #: 513-417-9365
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BuckeyeWE
Main Contact: Kristin Aeh
Our purpose is to encourage the growth of the sport of Working Equitation in the state of Ohio and surrounding areas through educational sessions, and to foster connections between people interested in the sport, with a future goal of organizing Working Equitation competitions in the southern/central part of the state.
Oregon – Eugene
Main Contact: Julie Alonzo
WE Oregon organizes working equitation clinics and licensed competitions, primarily in the Eugene, Oregon, area. We also support educational and competition initiatives in other regions when requested. We focus on building a supportive community and welcome people of all different levels to our events.
Pennsylvania – Carlisle
Main Contact: Kathleen Rickert
We will offer dressage & horsemanship clinics to promote WE in our area.
Pennsylvania – Cochranton
Northwest Pennsylvania Working Equitation (NWPaWE)
Facebook page: Coming soon!
Main Contact: Rose Watt
Northwest Pennsylvania Working Equitation (NWPaWE) is a group that offers learning opportunities and support to those interested in the sport of Working Equitation. We welcome all breeds and riding disciplines.
Pennsylvania – Cochranville
Main Contact: Susan Felicia
The Eastern PA WE AO will provide guidance to clinics and schooling shows supporting central Pennsylvania, Delaware, and surrounding area equestrians to introduce them to the Introductory, Novice, and more advanced levels of WE and dressage. No dues required; we’re a group of WE enthusiasts supporting the sport!
Pennsylvania – Pittsburgh
Main Contact: Loretta Pettinato
The purpose of the Three Rivers Equestrian Association (TREA) is to promote the art of dressage and to enhance the horse in all disciplines. Our organization was started to bring the equestrian community together with a common philosophy of improving our knowledge of dressage through educational events, publications, competitions and other equine events that promotes the enhancement of our care, training and knowledge for the horse.
Pennsylvania – Tyrone
Main Contact: Stephanie Dobiss
USDF GMO in Central PA offers regularly scheduled meetings that include educational speakers; Opportunity to join the KDCTA Grand Quadrille Drill Team; Access to a variety of programs and clinics; Dressage, Jumper and Working Equitation Schooling Shows.
Tennessee – Bulls Gap
Main Contact: Maria Blackstone
Three Bulls LLC maintains over 100 head of Angus and Wagyu beef cattle and is home to Renaissance Farm, a Lusitano breeding and training farm focusing on dressage, working equitation, and equestrian vaulting. Three Bulls is a 275 acre farm with a 145 x 185 outdoor arena, 240 x 110 indoor arena, 3000 square foot conference room, able to host small horse shows, clinics and other events.
Tennessee – Crossville
Middle TN Working Equitation
Main Contact: Terry Peiper
Middle TN Working Equitation promotes the sport through clinics, playdays, demonstrations and schooling shows in central Tennessee and neighboring areas. As participation grows, we plan to host licensed shows and educational seminars. We focus on building a supportive community of Working Equitation enthusiasts of all different levels while promoting classical horsemanship and the welfare of the horse.
Tennessee – Lenoir City
Main Contact: Julie Hall
CDCTS offers all forms of dressage including Traditional, Western, and Gaited as well as combined training. Many of our members are pursuing Working Equitation as an enhancement to their Dressage background and training regimen.
Vermont – Johnson
Main Contact: Stephanie Hayes
Supporting the development of the fun and exciting sport of Working Equitation throughout New England and the Northeast.
Virginia – Fort Eustis
Main Contact: Melissa Evelyn
Promoting the sport of working equitation (WE) in southeastern Virginia through educational events, clinics, and competitions.
Virginia – Haymarket
Main Contact: Biddie Lowry
Northern Virginia Working Equitation (NOVAWE) is a member organization dedicated to promoting the growth of the equestrian sport of Working Equitation in Northern Virginia and the surrounding areas through education and Working Equitation (WE) activities. This organization welcomes all equestrian disciplines, offers opportunities to advance mounted skills and knowledge of WE, and encourages the development of a harmonious relationship between horse and rider.
Washington – Walla Walla Valley
Walla Walla Valley Working Equitation
Website: Coming soon!
Facebook page: Coming soon!
Main Contact: Robert Phinney
Supporting the development of the fun and exciting sport of working equitation in the Walla Walla valley and surrounding areas.
Wisconsin – Mason
Main Contact: Adrienne Dymesich
The Sunrise Ranch is a training facility and stud farm in northern Wisconsin. For many years the Dymesich family has been starting family safe trail and sport horses using classical foundation methods. Personally the Dymesich family competes in Distance Racing, Working Equitation, and Working Cattle. Today the SRR hosts equestrian clinics and shows and offers private lessons on riding, training, and horsemanship for all ages year round. The SRR is known across the country for producing top quality classical Morgans as well as Andelusian and Welsh cross for sport. All breeding stock are advanced under saddle for quality assessment and all foals are genetically tested for gait and color before listing. The Sunrise Ranch feels that Working Equitation is the perfect skill to advance the partnership of horse and rider and it is enthusiastic to promote the sport in the Northland of Region 5.
Wisconsin – Newton
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Kemp-Horsemanship-996199650451701
Main Contact: Emily Kemp
Kemp Horsemanship promotes the sport of working equitation in Wisconsin and many other states through clinics, lessons, schooling shows, B rated shows, and play days. We hope to see you at one of our events!
Friends of Sound Horses
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Friends-of-Sound-Horses-FOSH-166687143351909
Main Contact: Dianne Little, VP Programs
FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses) is a national leader in promoting, supporting and protecting gaited horses. FOSH’s mission is to promote all sound, naturally gaited horses (in this context “sound” means not “sored”). FOSH focuses on three areas for gaited horses: 1) educating people about sound horse training principles; 2) supporting sound shows, events and activities; 3) working to end soring. Need gaited horse information and resources? FOSH publishes the SOUND ADVOCATE, the only all gaited breed horse magazine in electronic print. FOSH is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
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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