Committees

Members of WE United are a vital part of the sport. We would like to thank the many volunteers who are donating their time and skills to help working equitation continue to grow and thrive in the USA.

The following committees have been formally appointed by the elected Board of Directors:

AWARDS COMMITTEE

Purpose: To (a) research Year End Awards to bring to the WE United Board for consideration and possible purchase, (b) oversee the purchase, distribution, and celebration (publicity campaigns) of Year End Awards, and (c) seek donations from companies / people / breed organizations to supplement the WE United Awards program.

Members: Julie Alonzo, R1, Oregon; Joy Bellafaire, R2, California; Lisa Gay Blanchard, International, Canada



JOINT EVENT COMMITTEE

Purpose: 
To plan and organize educational seminars for current and prospective licensed officials as well as people interested in learning more about the sport of working equitation.

Members: Cindy Branham, R3, Kansas; Doreen Atkinson, R4, Texas; Emily Kemp, R5, Wisconsin


LICENSED OFFICIALS COMMITTEE

Purpose: To review all applications for licensed officials (e.g., judges and technical delegates), conduct interviews with applicants for licensing, and make recommendations to the Board for licensing.

Chair: Doreen Atkinson, R4, Texas; Additional Members: Rebecca Algar, R2, California; Andrea Sullivan, R2, California; Christy Reich, R2, California; Barry Dornon, R6, Maryland.


SHOW LICENSING AND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

Purpose: 
To (a) develop written materials for show licensing to bring to the WE United Board for consideration and possible adoption, (b) assist Regional Directors and Regional Committees with providing information for show organizers across the different regions, (c) develop written applications and processes to be used by people applying for show licensure with WE United, and (d) develop written materials to be used by competitors, show organizers, and staff to provide feedback for competitions.

Chair: Susan Dockter, R2, California. Additional Member: Roxanne Turner, R3, Nebraska



FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

Purpose: The committee shall be responsible for overseeing the organization’s financial transactions and the implementation of the organization’s financial policies.  As part of its mission, the committee shall review on a monthly basis, or oversee a monthly review of, the organization’s expenditures, financial transactions, bank statements, returned checks, and credit card statements.  The committee shall report any questions or concerns about the organization’s finances to the Board.  The committee shall also make the necessary arrangements for and oversee the organization’s annual audit or annual financial review

Chair: Michele Lincoln, R3, Nebraska. Additional Members: Nicole Grous, R1, Washington.


CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW COMMITTEE

Purpose: The committee shall be responsible for planning and conducting the WE United North American Championship Show.  They shall propose a budget for approval by the Board of Directors. Once that budget is approved, the Championship Show Committee shall have authority to expend funds within their budgeted amount and category.

Chair: Julie Alonzo, R1, Oregon. Additional Members: TBA.


MARKETING COMMITTEE

Purpose: The committee shall be responsible for planning and conducting marketing to promote WE United as well as the sport of Working Equitation more generally.

Members: Jamie Peterson, R1, Washington


PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE

Purpose: The committee shall be responsible for writing and publishing articles to promote the sport of Working Equitation, to celebrate our members’ involvement, and to help promote WE United more generally.

Newsletter Editor: Donna Luoma, R1, Oregon

Members: Denise Lukins, R1, Washington; Julie Alonzo, R1, Oregon; Suzanne Vliestra, R2, California; Alex Tyson, R5, Michigan; Jody Fontanetta, Tennessee, R7; Carole Poche, International, Alberta;


ETHICS COMMITTEE

Purpose: The Ethics Committee shall have jurisdiction over violations of the code of conduct (including the WE United social media policies for Directors and Licensed Officials), violations of conflict of interest policies, and instances of unethical social behavior. The Ethics Committee shall not review disputes related to scores, judgment calls at working equitation events, or private disputes between members, including but not limited to business transactions (sales, leasing arrangements, etc.), personal disagreements, and differences of opinion. The Ethics Committee shall not review disputes related to potential rule violations or other matters occurring at licensed competitions, which the WE United Official Protest Form covers.

Members: Dan Dahlke, R1, Oregon; Jessica Mosbaugh, R2, California; Heather Walters, R7, Florida

WE United Ethics Committee Structure & Process (PDF)


JUNIOR PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Purpose: The committee shall be responsible for developing a program to help encourage more youth involvement in Working Equitation.

Chair: Nicole Sawyer, R2, Nevada.  Additional Members: Emily Elias, R1, Oregon


REGIONAL COMMITTEES

Purpose: Regional Committees provide a point of contact for State Sub-Committees, Local Chapters, Members, and Potential Members in their area. The committees are responsible for providing the Board of Directors with monthly updates of working equitation events in their region, and working with the Regional Director to organize and/or promote at least one (1) WE United licensed competition and at least three (3) schooling shows and/or clinics that use the WE United rules in their region each year.

Each Regional Committee shall have the authority to appoint State Sub-Committees and Local Chapters, comprised of WE United members from their Region. State sub-committees should be created when there is sufficient activity within a state and a sufficient number of WE United members in that state to warrant creation of a sub-committee to assist the Regional Committee with the work of WE United specific to that state.

REGION 1: Chair: Cari Schwartz, Oregon. Additional Members: Lizann Dunegan, Oregon; Donna Luoma, Oregon.

REGION 2: Chair: Jessica Mosbaugh, California. Additional Members: Sarah Pinney, California; Mariko Williams, Nevada; Kimberly June, New Mexico

REGION 4: Chair: Doreen Atkinson, Texas. Additional Members: Kim Brunson, Texas; Michael Vermaas, Texas


If you would like to volunteer with WE United and/or join one of our committees, please contact WorkingEquitationUnited@gmail.com.

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