WE United is structured into distinct geographical Regions. The purpose of Regions is to provide geographically-based representation in the governance of the organization.
Regions are defined as:
- 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 US territories in the Atlantic.
- International: All locations outside the United States of America.
The Board may establish Regional Committees comprised of three (3) or more WE United members from a given Region, chaired by that Region’s elected Regional Director.
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 United States Working Equitation 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.
Chapters may affiliate with WE United in order in give WE United members the opportunity to organize locally for the promotion of educational and social activities and competitions in their local areas designed for their particular needs while participating in working equitation on a statewide and regional level.
Chapters may overlap in geographic area provided a need for such chapters are demonstrated. The geographical area of a Chapter may span multiple states and regions.
The chapters shall be independent non-profit organizations.
APPLICATION TO BECOME A RECOGNIZED CHAPTER
To become a recognized Chapter, an application stating the needs for the local area and the plans for development in working equitation in that area must be submitted to the Regional Committee or State Sub-Committee in a Region if one exists for review and potential approval. The application must be endorsed by at least ten (10) WE United members in good standing from that Region. Requests to form out-of-country chapters will be considered by the WE United Board of Directors on a case-by-case basis. Applicants that are not yet non-profit corporations shall not be approved but may be given conditional approval pending the establishment of the non-profit corporation.
RELATIONSHIP OF CHAPTER TO STATE AND REGIONAL COMMITTEE
Recognized chapters are responsible for reporting their events and activities each month to their WE United Regional Committee under which they are organized and to their State Sub-Committee, if one exists. If the geographical area spans more than one state and/or region, the chapter shall report their events and activities to all state/regional committees in which the chapter’s regional area falls.
Regional Committees are responsible for providing the WE United Board of Directors with regular updates about Chapter events, to better enable the Association to promote such events with the membership at large. State Sub-Committees are expected to help promote Chapter events that take place in their geographical area.
If you have any questions, please contact WorkingEquitationUnited@gmail.com.