Introducing Kris Blacklock: WE United Region 5 Director

Kris Blacklock looks forward to representing Region 5 (Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky) by bringing awareness to the discipline of working equitation to all ages…all rider levels…all breeds, networking with equestrian groups, supporting horse/rider knowledge, skills, goals and recognizing personal goals and achievements at the grassroots, regional, national and international level.

Her goals for 2018 are….

  • Promote Working Equitation – create local awareness of the sport, highlight all phases (dressage, ease of handling, speed and cow working) and share ideas for clinics & fun shows
  • Ensure learning opportunities are accessible, affordable and FUN!
  • Offer regional recognition – through our licensed competitions

As an active member of several equestrian organizations, Kris’ passionate love of dressage and its value as a foundation to all disciplines is evident. Kris consistently offers fresh ideas, actively promotes horsemanship, hosts a variety of educational activities, events and coordinates live and virtual shows.  For WE United, in 2016-2017 she created individual certificates that recognized 151 youth/adult riders and horses across the world and served on the WE United Awards Committee which created stunning Rider Lifetime Medals, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Rider Medal lapel pins and Year-End Top Ten lapel pin awards and sashes.

Employed full-time, Kris’s enthusiasm and zest is contagious.  She promotes author’s news articles, enthusiastically recognizes riders and horses, hauls 4 hours each week to ride on an equestrian drill team and provides leadership in several equestrian groups. For the past 4 years, she submitted video applications, organized practices, choreographed music and routines, coordinated breed and discipline demos and setup hospitality displays that showcased a variety of disciplines, horses, handlers and riders at the Midwest Horse Fair – an annual 4-day event attended by 65-75k attendees from across the United States and the world.

One is never too old to learn and have FUN! Although Adult Amateur, Kris Blacklock always adored horses. It wasn’t until she turned 45 that she and her daughter Michelle jointly purchased and started riding their first horse, a Morgan gelding who’s now 23 years old and actively ridden. At age 60, Kris competes in Working Equitation, Drill Team, Traditional Dressage, Western Dressage and Obstacle Challenges with Gambler’s Jackpot, a 10 year old Rocky Mountain Horse and Boon Ocean Blue, a 4 year old American Quarter Horse acquired at 15 months of whom Kris has done all the training.  In 2016, Ocean was started under saddle and successfully competed in USDF In-Hand, Materiale, Traditional Dressage and USEF Western Dressage.   Riding goals are to use the progressive training of dressage to develop confidence, balance and athleticism.

Kris is currently leading the National Standings for American riders at the Introductory level.

We’re delighted to welcome her to the Region 5 Director position.


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