The National Organization for Working Equitation in the USA

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Regions & Zones

USAWE is structured into distinct geographical Regions. The purpose of Regions is to provide geographically-based representation in the governance of the organization as well as for awards.

Region 1:   Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana

Region 2:   California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Hawaii, and U.S. territories in the Pacific.

Region 3:   Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Colorado

Region 4:   New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana

Region 5:   Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky

Region 6:  New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, and the District of Columbia

Region 7:   Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and U.S. territories in the Atlantic

International:   All locations outside the United States of America

USAWE Championships may be held in each of the following U.S. zones:

Western Zone

Regions 1 and 2

Central Zone

Regions 3, 4, and 5

Eastern Zone

Regions 6 and 7

Why We Love Working Equitation

I LOVE that all breeds can be competitive. That teaching the obstacles gives Dressage exercises “purpose” to the horse and “meaning” to the riders. They get instant feedback if their training is on the right track because you either make it around an obstacle with symmetry and balance…or you don’t. And we get to work cattle!!!!!
Nicole Chastain Price


Personally, I love the diversity of the training for the various trials. It challenges me to think, plan, and develop quieter, clearer aids for my horse. I LOVE the fact that WE brings together many like minded riders who are accepting of a wide range of riding styles whose main goal is to have harmony with the horse and to have fun with our horses!
Biddie Lowry


I love, love, love the people – seriously, it is the best and most supportive community! I also feel like it is an inclusive discipline. You can be successful and have fun even without the most expensive horse or a particular breed or without being in the best physical shape yourself. There is so much variety that there is always something to learn and no horse or person is going to be naturally great with all of it.
Sara Barnwell


Thank you to the WE Organization and the all the people involved. Friendships have developed this year that I am truly grateful for, and could have never imagined happening. I’ve never been involved in a showing environment where my cheeks hurt from laughing so hard, my brain hurts from all the memorization, everyone is so supportive for each other, and horsemanship is truly tested.
Michelle Lackey


I love how the horses participate and feel proud when they are confident with their job at the obstacles. I enjoy the partnership formed from training and participation in WE.
Cari Schwartz


I am a professional dressage rider, and WE is highly complimentary to dressage. I use it to work on flying changes and collection. It’s fun for the horses, and it gives riders a purpose.
Emilie Laval


Gaited horses can compete with non- gaited horses. Fun to train for and love the challenges!
Gayl Raye

South Carolina

The different layers of training involved, attract me. I like the dressage work, have competed in obstacle challenges, now I can combine the two. I also like the diversity of people, horses and discipline. The absolute best part is the supportive community. It’s such fun to be involved in a sport where people cheer each other on and console each other when a ride doesn’t go as planned.
Jan Harris


The people that this sport attracts seem to put the horse first. There are no gimmicks, only desire to improve horsemanship and communication with the horse. All horse types and riding disciplines are included. No matter your choice, there is something to be learned by observation and appreciation of the others. There will always be a challenge to improve at every outing, and as one progresses through the levels. The correlation of the phases gives purpose to the skills we strive for. Our judges are so knowledgeable, fair, and encouraging to each exhibitor. They also spend their time offering many learning opportunities to those interested in the sport.
Elena Juarez


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