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October Newsletter

Welcome to our newest members: 

Laura Post • Peter and Laura Merbeth • Cheryl Croasmun • Angie Zabritski • Dan Keil • Jorge Arauz
• Mary Sadler • Megan Malan

Welcome also to our newest Group Member - The Barron Barn.
Congratulations to our New Regional Directors

There was not a need to hold an election, as all our nominees ran unopposed. We're excited to bring these strong candidates on board to build on the momentum we've built thus far.

Region One:
Shelby Ahrens

Region Two:
Ashley Bowers

Region Three: 
Kate Fowler

Region Four:
Sarah Porte

Region 5:
Karen Boso

Region 6: 

Region 7:

International Region:
Jill Barron

Their terms will begin on December 1st. We will spend the next few weeks setting them up to be successful in their roles. Look for your Regional Directors to be sending you communication by December. We are excited to have these dedicated individuals on board. The unfilled Regional Director seats will be filled in 2018 if interested candidates are identified. Until then members in those regions should contact Tarrin Warren for any help or questions they may have.

Group Member Spotlights

Each month we will continue to highlight one of the Confederation's many Group Members. Confederation Group Members benefit by having their events advertised through the Confederation's website as well as on the Confederation's social media outlets. GM's can also take advantage of the group rates for event insurance through the Confederation.

Get a group together and be next in the Spotlight.  We'll be looking for the next spotlight Group Member in November.  Please email us details on our group activities and success stories and photos to be included in future Spotlights.

October's Spotlight is on The Barron Barn

by Jill Barron
The Barron Barn is a full service equine facility nestled in the foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains on the outskirts of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. At the Barron Barn we are dedicated to training all levels of horses and riders for various disciplines in a gentle, supportive yet effective manner. Through a blend of classical techniques and natural horsemanship the focus is encouraging a stronger connection between horse and rider.

The facility is owned and operated by Jill Barron a "r" judge for the Confederation and the first carded working equitation judge and licensed TD in Canada.

This group has been active in Working Equitation for several years competing both in the USA and Canada. We believe Working Equitation to be an excellent avenue for riders to pursue and are very passionate about it. We love the natural progression Working Equitation provides. Success no matter how big or small should be celebrated. We consider ourselves a lifetime student of the horse, believing there is no end to the learning process or to the expansive wisdom the horse has to offer.

We have made meaningful friendships on our WE journey and look forward to many more. 2018 plans include further development of the sport and hosting more events. Upcoming WE adventures include three riders from The Barron Barn travelling to Texas to compete in the Haras Cup in October. We would like to wish Jill Barron, Jacquie McArthur and Shannon Jaycock great rides, a safe journey and the experience of a lifetime!


The Barron Barn

Photos courtesy of Bee Varga Photography
Wow our 4th and final Confederation judging/technical delegate seminar for 2017 is in the works.  It's still not too late to register to attend.  Silent auditors welcome.

Limited space available for participants (Judge and TD candidates). 
Register Here

Obstacle Options
by Karen Boso

It's fun to assemble and build your own Working Equitation obstacle course.  Please take the time to review the obstacle section of the rules here - Appendix B in the Rules. Each obstacle's requirements are outlined in detail. We won't repost them here to keep this brief.
This month let's talk some BULL.  When we set out to find/make our first Bull obstacle we had lots of ideas running around our heads.  How do we do something memorable, functional and stay within a budget? We did a google search and found what we thought to be the coolest Bull out there - a lifesize, 3D, fiberglass bull. Let's say the budget went out the window for coolness factor.

Once we started playing with the bull we quickly realized that he presents an issue for left handed riders due to the positioning of his head/horns and tail.  The only solution to overcome this is to flip the bull around which isn't very feasible during a show.  He makes a great photo opportunity at shows, clinics and practice sessions and is the perfect obstacle for right handed riders.  Expensive lesson learned.

Photo taken at KarMik Acres in Woodstock, IL by MC Horse Training of Andrea Marcinkus and Valentine.

Since we have some B-Rated shows coming up we decided to make another bull that works well for both left and right handed riders.  The question was how do we make something equally cool?  Here's what we came up with:


Franklin (his name) is made from two pieces of 1/4" plywood bonded with a 1.5" foam core to add depth.  He has 2 x4" pieces running through him in strategic places to allow us to: 1) mount the magnet to hold the ring 2) mount his leather ears and horns 3) to hold my favorite part - his tail.  The tail is a piece of rope spray painted and then mounted with a coat hanger in the center which allows us to move it into different positions. And last but not least 4) there are 2 x4's running through his legs into the detachable bases. We made the base detachable for easy storage.  The base will also have flowers added as a final touch.  Franklin was then stained with Dark Walnut stain to match the rest of our course.  We've also discussed possibly adding a section on each side with Chalkboard paint so that we can write sponsor names in chalk for different events.

Here is one of the most creative "bulls" that we've seen to date. This bull is located at Diamond Acres in Woodstock, IL

We would love to share our Group Member BULL ideas on Facebook to continue to give others creative ideas. Please email your obstacle ideas and pictures to us at


2017 Show Season is winding down but there are still opportunities to gain points towards your year end or lifetime achievement awards.  Check out all the things that are going on for Confederation riders. Make sure to have your horse(s) recorded to be included in year end awards. Horse recording is required on all horses participating in any Confederation Licensed show. It's a one-time fee of only $20.

If your events are not currently on the list please make sure to let us know.

Please check out our website calendar  to view details about the amazing events associated with the Confederation throughout the USA!

High Country Working Equitation SCHOOLING show
Oct 14, 2017 to Oct 15, 2017
Circle Star Arena, 16191 County Road, 17 Platteville, CO 80651 Contact HCWE for more information.
KarMik Acres Shows (B-Rated)
Oct. 21 & Oct. 22, 2017, Woodstock, IL

Haras Cup (A-Rated)
Oct. 24, 2017 to Oct. 29, 2017, Haras Hacienda, Magnolia, TX

Confederation Judge & Technical Delegate Seminar
Oct. 24-26th at Haras Hacienda, Magnolia, TX

WHBA Show (B-Rated)
November 11-12, 2017, Contact
Texas Rose Autumn Show (B-Rated)
December 3, 2017, Tyler TX

Cuadra San Benito Show
December 3, 2017, Contact Ashley Bowers

Heart of Texas (B-Rated)
Dec. 3 to Dec. 4, Chappell Hill, TX 

Get your 2018 events listed now. Send us the details.

All dates and times are tentative, please check with show organizers
(organizer details found on our calendar). Please let us know if your group's event is not currently on our calendar.
All Licensed shows must have a confederation judge or obtain a guest pass for foreign judges prior to licensing.
We request that show applications are made 45 days prior to the show date.
For more information on shows and clinics, please go to our website.

First National Show is in 2018!

We are excited to announce the 2018 Working Equitation National Championship Show and International Haras Cup Working Equitation competition to be held in October 2018. Two great shows in one beautiful location. The top-quality venue of Haras Hacienda show facility, is located in Magnolia, Texas. This central location is accessible from all parts of the United States. This facility features multiple arenas with state of the art footing and great ventilation for our equine athletes. 

Official Dates will be released soon.

Here are some exciting facts to know:
- You must qualify for this event per the requirements in the rules book: Rule 2.8 page 11
- Your scores from Confederation rated shows from 12/1/2016 through 10/1/2018 will count towards qualifications for the National Championship Show
- WE United shows will count towards qualification for the Working Equitation National Championship Show IF the following requirements are met:
• Show must be held between 12/1/2017 and 10/1/2018
• Show must be judged by a Confederation licensed judge
• Horse must be recorded with the Confederation PRIOR to the competition
• Competitor must be an Individual or Group Member of the Confederation PRIOR to the competition
• Competitor must submit score sheets and official show results to the Confederation using the appropriate Confederation form within 30 days of the conclusion of the competition

We are looking forward to this event and we are excited to offer this venue to all Working Equitation enthusiasts across the United states. Stay tuned for more information!

Check out our new Confederation medals for Individual members. One of these could be waiting for you. Make sure to apply for your lifetime achievement awards now. If you are not an individual member and want to be eligible for awards, join now.
Individual memberships need to be renewed by November 30th to keep your eligibility for lifetime achievement and year end awards.  Remember: Licensed Judges and Technical Delegates are required to hold Individual Memberships.
At the Confederation, we are here to help.  Please feel free to contact us via our leadership contacts on our website, at or give our Executive Director, Tarrin Warren a call at: (512) 269-9270.  We are always happy to hear from our members!
Continued THANK YOU for the hard work of our current volunteers, Cavalo Photography, Ernesto Photography, Carmen Franco and others for allowing the Confederation the use of their outstanding Working Equitation photos.

If you have some outstanding Working Equitation photos and would allow us to use them in future Marketing materials and social media, please forward them to
The Confederation for Working Equitation is a unified governing body for the development and further promotion of working equitation in the United States The “Confederation,” a Federal 501c3 nonprofit corporation, is the culmination of the merger process announced in early-2016 by the two founding U.S. working equitation organizations. The strengths of each organization, which include event organization, judging accreditation, individual memberships (WEIAUSA), group memberships (USFWE), horse recordings, high point and medals programs, youth programs, show sponsorship, among others, were considered in creating an alliance that will serve to better facilitate the needs of current and future members.
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