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 USAWE’s Affiliate Organizations.
At the end of each membership year, adult members of USAWE are given the option to designate $5 from their USAWE membership dues to an Affiliate Organization of their choice or to the USAWE Youth Development Program. Designations are selected on the annual election of officers ballot emailed out in November.
To apply to be recognized as an Affiliate Organization with USAWE, please click the button below.
Annual Affiliate Organization dues are $50.
To update your AO information, please click the button below and fill out the form (please do not email the information).
Have questions? Email us!
Affiliate Organizations Program Coordinator
Resources for AOs
The buttons below are resources we hope AOs find helpful. Keep checking back here as we add more.
Alaska – Wasilla
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 – Briones
Main Contact: JoAnn Gillespie
We promote Lusitano and Morgan horses. Jane Creagh Lusitanos, JoAnn Gillespie Morgans. Jane has been involved with the sport internationally for decades. JoAnn is new and the owner operator here at Rawking Horse Ranch. We have hosted Jose Manuel Lopes from Portugal twice here at RHR. We plan to bring training students to WE competition.
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
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
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 – Boise
Main Contact: Rachel Stout
We are the Working Equitation enthusiast best known as “Team Idaho”. We welcome riders from the Treasure Valley of Idaho, as well as the greater Northwest and Mountain West. We support and organize the Idaho Camp & Cup as well as local shows, play days, clinics and more.
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
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 – Hollywood
Main Contact: Lynsey Moritz
BetWEen Two Rivers Working Equitation (BTRWE) is a group dedicated to teaching and promoting WE in Southern Maryland and it’s surrounding areas. We will do this by hosting clinics, playdays, and schooling shows at local farms and venues with the aim to grow interest in WE in the Southern Maryland peninsula. By bringing in a variety of trainers and clinicians, BTRWE hopes to give local riders a variety of ideas and experiences with the aim to become a successful WE competitor.
We want anyone who comes to one of our events to fall in love with Working Equitation and have a great time with their horse! Any horse and rider combination can and will benefit from trying out Working Equitation-come try it with us!
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.
Michigan – Milford
Main Contact: Karen Rach-St Clair
Rach Riding Academy offers WE lessons, clinics, recognized (licensed) shows and schooling shows.
Minnesota – Cannon Falls
Main Contact: Sammi Korinek
We support, develop, grow and share the sport of Working Equitation with Minnesota and neighboring states.
Mississippi – Greenwood
Delta Midsouth Working Equitation
Main Contact: Amy McKowsky
This Working Equitation Associate Organization includes any Region 7 areas to support the learning and enjoyment of this equestrian sport. We are based in the Midsouth/Delta area and will offer opportunities in multiple locations within this area to further WE in the USA.
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 – Stevensville
Main Contact: Alyssa Briceland
Our facility offers 2 beautiful arenas that are set up for dressage, EOH, speed and cattle. We have a herd that we bring up to get yourself and your horses comfortable with how they move as a group and individually. We also have a team with a passion for this amazing sport and love to see other succeed and flourish in their performance!
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.
Main Contact: Kristine Strasburger
NEHWE promotes the sport of Working Equitation through educational initiatives, community outreach, competitions, clinics, presentations, demonstrations and interactive learning activities throughout Central Nebraska in a way that promotes the welfare of the horse and the practice of good horsemanship.
Main Contact: Jill Fry
The Broken Bit Ranch offers WE clinics and schooling shows. In addition, we host a 3-show “diversified dressage” buckle series. This series of schooling show features three different dressage disciplines, USDF, WDAA and WE. We also try to squeeze in a cattle clinic (or two per) year. The ranch is located in Smith Valley, 1.5 hours south of Reno, 2.5 hours east of Jackson, 2.5 hours north of Bishop. Stalls and dry camping are available.
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 Jersey – Flemington
Main Contact: Holly Linz
Working Equitation East (WEE) is a new group created to promote and support the Working Equitation community on the East Coast. We will do this through clinics, schooling shows, and licensed shows as well as providing the community with WE knowledge.
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 Carolina – Gastonia
Main Contact: Pat Melton
Working Equitation of North Carolina is being formed to provide greater support and opportunities to USAWE members within the Tar Heel state. We want to nuture the growing sport of WE and encourage more regional clubs within the state forming in the future. After successfully organizing clinics and schooling shows in 2022, our plans for 2023 exceed even our wildest dreams, including virtual ZOOM meetings, obstacle PlayDays, weekend “camps”, clinics, schooling shows, and licensed shows.
North (and South!) Carolina – Tryon
Main Contact: Megan Malan
CCWE offers instruction and educational opportunities to equestrians of many disciplines, included gaited, in Tryon, Landrum, Spartanburg and the surrounding areas. Instructor Megan Malan employs working equitation principles to encourage better balance and communication between horse and human in her monthly local and statewide clinics. The club hosts outside guests, demos and practice events.
Ohio – Brecksville
Main Contact: Katie Drennen
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
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 – Ashland
Main Contact: Laura Stutesman
Rising Hope Stables is a training and boarding facility in Ashland Oregon. It offers riding lessons, horse training, and purchase/sell help for all ages and disciplines, as well as hosts shows and playdays regularily.
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
Offering dressage & horsemanship clinics to promote WE in our area.
Pennsylvania – Cochranton
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 – Tyrone
Main Contact: Stephanie Dobiss
USDF GMO in Central PA offers regularly scheduled meetings, Opportunity to join the KDCTA Grand Quadrille Drill Team; Access to a variety of programs and clinics; Dressage and Working Equitation Shows.
South Carolina – Aiken
Main Contact: Meghan Blair Truppner
Offering correct and educational opportunities in the Aiken and surrounding areas to support the continued efforts of USAWE.
Tennessee – Bulls Gap
Main Contact: Maria Blackstone
Breeding Andalusian, Lusitano and Iberian Sport Horses, Dressage and WE lessons, clinics, and competitions. Boarding and Layovers. Equestrian Vaulting Program, clinics, and competitions. Stallion services and mare care.
Tennessee – Crossville
Middle TN Working Equitation
Phone: (717) 609-2822
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.
Texas – Mineral Wells
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
Main Contact: Janet 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
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!
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.
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