By: Kimberley Hillyer
Hello Region 6 members! I am hoping everyone had a happy, safe, and healthy holiday season. If you’re anything like me you are itching to get ready for the new riding season. Hopefully, you are getting to ride now, but if you’re not, you can start planning now by checking for WE events in your area.
Lots of learning opportunities are available in Region 6. If there is not one near you, contact me, and I can hook you up with some contacts that could help you out. Be sure to check out the events going on at each of our Region 6 Affiliate Organizations, and you can also go to USAWE.org and check out events on the website.
As your regional director, I’d like to hear from you. I want to know what you are looking for. What do you want to see happen in Region 6? I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have about WE. If I don’t know the answer I’m happy to either direct you to someone who does or find out for you.
In the near future, I will reach out to you with information inviting you to join me in a Zoom meet and greet. Come with questions and ideas if you have them. Even if you don’t have any questions, join us and take this opportunity to meet others in our region with the same interests as you.
If you are interested in starting a USAWE Affiliate Organization, go to https://dev.usawe.org/affiliate-organizations/. 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. Region 6 currently has three Affiliate Organizations: NEWE, NOVAWE, and OSEWE. AOs like these are the best way to grow the sport in your area.
Below is information from each of our USAWE Region 6 AOs.
Oak Spring Equestrian, LLC
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OakSpringEquestrian
OSEWE had a great show series in 2020 despite COVID 19. Thank you OSE for hosting such a great show series and to all of the volunteers who helped make it happen. This is a great place to learn and show. Here are the results of the 2020 WE show series at OSE.
Novice – A & B were combined
Biddie Lowry riding Oliver Red Tari – Champion
Kimberly Hillyer riding Bell The Cat– Reserve Champion
Rebecca Gabel riding RS Alegre – Champion
Carolyn Rhodes riding Lexi – Reserve Champion
Here is a list of activities at OSEWE for 2021. Please keep an eye on their website, and FB page for future Working Equitation Play Days.
Jan 14-20 – OSE Dressage ring setup for virtual NEWE Show
Jan 21-31 – OSE EOH Course setup for virtual NEWE Show
February 13 – OSE Ask the Judge – A question and answer session with Dr. Jill Malone, “r” judge for USAWE
April 10 – OSE Working Equitation Clinic with Allison Reed
April 30 – OSE Clinic with Carlos Carniero
May 1-2 – OSE Clinic with Carlos Carniero
June 7-9 – Patrick King at OSE
June 12 – OSE Working Equitation Schooling show – offering Intro – Intermediate (Jill – judge)
October 9-10 – OSE Rated Show (Jill – Judge) – We will apply for “B” license
Northern Virginia Working Equitation (NOVAWE)
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/novawe.org
Northern Virginia Working Equitation (NOVAWE) is working with their new business member, Briar Creek Farm’s, Suzanne Liscouski, to coordinate a special winter groundwork clinic series, open to NOVAWE members. The series will begin with the basics and move toward leveraging groundwork to introduce working equitation obstacles while in hand, to build confidence, connection and promote relationships.
The 2020 season, as different as it was, concluded in November, and NOVAWE also announced their Year-End Award winners. NOVAWE members showed in NOVAWE and NOVAWE partner shows throughout the year and scores were averaged. Congratulations to all who participated and to our winners.
(For details on all winners and awards, please see the original e-newsletter that was sent out)
Here is a list of some of NOVAWE’s events for 2021. Check out their FB page and Website for more information.
March 27 – NOVAWE WE Clinic with Allison Reed
April 24 – NOVAWE Intro to Working Equitation Clinic
May 22 – NOVAWE Schooling Show
June 26 – NOVAWE Intro to Working Equitation Clinic
October 23 – NOVAWE Fall Fun Show
November 6 – NOVAWE Schooling Show
New England Working Equitation
Phone #: 802-738-5299
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/newenglandwe/
NEWE is hosting some Zoom presentations this winter/spring in preparation for the exciting year ahead:
January 23rd, 7:30pm
The New England Judge Tours:
What they are, how to get involved and what NEWE needs to make them successful with Kat Waters
Open to those interested in Working Equitation in New England.
February 20th, 7pm
Applying the US Rules for Working Equitation to competition scoring. Great for potential scorers, managers, secretaries, Provisional Technical Delegates and competitors.
Open to the public.
March 19th, 7pm
Volunteering in WE
Learn about the essential volunteer roles for a licensed Working Equitation Show.
Hosted by Andrea Miglorie
April 17th, 7:30pm
Region 6 Championship Q & A
Other NEWE activities for 2021
August 13-23 – NEWE Judges Tour with Tarrin Warren
September 10-20 – NEWE Judges Tour with Doreen Atkinson
September 17-19 – Region 6 Championship Show
Also, ERAHC (The Eastern Region Andalusian Horse Club) will be hosting three WE shows.
May 7-9 in Bulls Gap, TN
July 9-11 in Forest City, PA
August 27-29 in Lexington, VA
Contact person is Maria Blackstone at firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to meeting you all soon!