WE United Judges
WE United recognizes four levels of Judge Licensure for Working Equitation competitions in the United States:
- Learner (L) judges are eligible to officiate over Working Equitation schooling shows.
- Recorded (r) judges are eligible to officiate over B-Rated competitions, up through Intermediate level classes.
- Registered (R) judges are eligible to officiate over A-Rated, B-Rated, and Regional Championship competitions at all levels.
- Senior (S) judges may officiate over all WE competitions at all levels in the United States, with no restrictions.
Event organizers are encouraged to contact the judges directly if they are interested in having them officiate at an event they are hosting.
Honorarium rates will vary, based on the individual judges’ availability and proximity to the event, etc. To help with planning / budgeting, we recommend that the following minimum honorariums be considered:
- “L” Judges: $250/judging day
- “r” Judges: $350/judging day
- “R” and “S” Judges: $450/judging day
Organizers should plan to cover travel costs (transportation, lodging, and meals) as well as an honorarium for each judging day. It is generally better to pay reimbursable expenses (travel costs) separate from honorariums due to tax requirements.
The following people have successfully completed judge training and earned certification as Working Equitation Judges.
SENIOR (S) JUDGES
- Wayne Hipsley firstname.lastname@example.org
REGISTERED (R) JUDGES
- Barbara Price, email@example.com
- Polly Limond, pkfarm1
- Rebecca Algar, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nicole Chastain, nicole
- Tarrin Warren, email@example.com
WE UNITED “R” JUDGES LIVING OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES
- Kim Peterson, kimpetersonaus
RECORDED (r) JUDGES
- Sue Watkins, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Erica Peet, email@example.com
- Cari Schwartz, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kim Roe, bluegatefarm
WE UNITED “r” JUDGES LIVING OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES
- Jill Barron, email@example.com
LEARNER (L) JUDGES
- Kelli Paulson, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Caitlin Huntress, Cdhpdx@gmail.com
- Lisa Harding, Lmharding81@yahoo.com
- Kimberly da Silva, email@example.com
WE UNITED “L” JUDGES LIVING OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES
- Deb Erickson, firstname.lastname@example.org
WE United Technical Delegates
WE United recognizes two levels of Technical Delegate (TD) Licensure for Working Equitation competitions in the United States: “TD” and “L” License Holders.
A “TD” license will be required for technical delegates at all A-Rated and Championship competitions licensed after July 1, 2017. WE United encourages show managers to utilize either “TD” or “L” license holders for B-Rated competitions.
The following people have successfully completed TD training and earned certification as Working Equitation TDs.
- Ashley Bowers, email@example.com
- Elizabeth Morosani, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kris Blacklock, email@example.com
WE UNITED TDS LIVING OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES
BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
- Trish Hyatt, firstname.lastname@example.org
LEARNER (L) TDs
- Kaylene Selk-Toews, email@example.com
WE UNITED “L” TDS LIVING OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES
- Kim Peterson, kimpetersonaus
WE UNITED OFFICIALS PROGRAM
Well-educated, professional officials are an essential part of supporting the on-going development and growth of a sport. WE United takes this responsibility seriously and is proud of the depth of knowledge demonstrated by our current licensed officials. We also are aware of the need for continuous improvement and expansion to ensure that officials recognized by WE United continue to set the bar for professionalism and depth of knowledge.
The sport of Working Equitation has been maturing in the United States since 2010. Initially, U.S. event organizers depended on international judges to officiate at WE competitions here. During Phase 1 of WE United Judge Development, we worked closely with internationally-recognized experts to provide the instruction to all applicants seeking judge licensure. Through this process, the pool of available judges with Working Equitation experience has been growing, with the emphasis in the early years on identifying and training a cadre of officials with sufficient knowledge to support the sport as it began to expand across the country.
It is time now to move to Phase 2 of Judge and Technical Delegate Development: Deepening the skill set while continuing to broaden the base of well-trained officials. During Phase 2, we will continue to contract with international experts to ensure that our officials’ preparation is well-aligned with international expectations for the sport. In addition, however, we will expand our focus to include structured in-depth learning experiences to provide additional educational opportunities for those interested in become licensed officials. These educational opportunities will include short-duration courses covering WE judging fundamentals as well as practical judging apprenticeships under approved Mentor Judges at licensed shows. In recognition of the enhanced understanding that comes from having ridden the tests and obstacles one is evaluating, the WE United judge program incorporates rider scores as part of the licensing and promotion requirements, beginning February 1, 2019.
All WE United Judges and TDs must maintain current membership with WE United (this requirement enables our officials to be covered under our insurance policy while working in the role of Judge/TD). WE United licensure is a domestic licensure, and we welcome all well-qualified applicants interested in being licensed in the United States to apply, regardless of country of residence. As a matter of respect for the international governing body, WE United licensed officials–regardless of country of residence–should refer to themselves as holding a WE United license (the term “International WE Judge” should only be used by those who are officially licensed as such by WAWE, the international governing body for the sport).
The following links provide access to the forms needed to apply for initial licensure, document continuing education, and apply for promotion.
CONTINUING EDUCATION FORMS
APPLICATIONS FOR PROMOTION
2019 Licensed Officials Seminar
The 2019 U.S. Licensed Officials Seminar, once again taught by International Judge Trainer Antonio Vicente, Ph.D., was held April 4-8, 2019 in Old Town, San Diego, California. We invited the Confederation for Working Equitation to recognize the seminar as well, following the model established in 2018, when the two groups collaborated on the seminar taught by Dr. Vicente, and the Confederation opted to recognize the seminar for Continuing Education for already-licensed judges only.
Please note: attendance at the seminar does not guarantee that you will be issued a judge and/or TD license.
Future seminars will be scheduled. Stay tuned!