Cari Schwartz has been an active member of the WE United Board since she was first elected to the position of Regional Director in 2016. She was recently re-elected to another term in office, so we can look forward to having her on the Board for another two years at least.
Cari comes to the sport of Working Equitation with deep experience in a variety of equestrian disciplines. By the time she was seven, she was actively competing in Dressage with International Judge Dagmar Zimmerman and jumping with British Certified Holly McCleary. She tried with many Olympic competitors including eight-times world champion Eventer Bruce Davidson. At the age of 12, she was the youngest competitor to win a Gold Medal in the Junior Olympics in the 2’9 Eventing [cross-country, stadium jumping, and dressage] division. At the age of 16, she was Team Captain and won the Gold Medal at the Junior Olympics in the 3’9 division. She won Regional Championships in Hunger Equitation over fences, earned her Bronze Medal for the USDF, and became Junior Rider Regional Champion. Based on this success, she was invited to the Olympic Trials for both Show Jumping and Eventing (Combined Training) for the 1980-1984 Olympics.
Cari has been actively involved in Working Equitation since 2013, when she showed in the WE classes the first year they were offered at the Oregon State Fair. A student of the Pedro Torres Academy of Working Equitation, USA, Cari has ridden regularly under Head Instructor Nuno Matos when he is in the United States for Academy seminars.
She also has the distinct honor of being the first person to earn her Silver Medal in Working Equitation, which she earned early in 2017 and is the 2017 Intermediate B Level National Champion on her self-trained Trakehner mare Exsarena.
Cari is a valued member of the the Pacific Northwest WE community, where she shares her knowledge through regular clinics in both Oregon and Washington. Thank you, Cari, for all you do for the sport!