THESE ARE OUR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW COMPETITORS... THESE ARE THEIR STORIES - MICHELE HARRIS

I am extremely grateful to find an equine activity that I feel is both good for the horse and good for the rider.

In many equine disciplines the horse’s well being is scarified and with working equitation I don’t feel I have to choose.

I love learning the mechanics of it. Fortunately, I have been lucky enough to meet terrific equine professionals that respect both horse and rider. Since retiring from CPA work, my working equitation journey has been very rewarding. 
Because Working Equitation has such a solid foundation it is something I hope to enjoy with my friends, children and grandchildren for years to come.

Michele Harris

Note: if you want to share with us your road to the championship, your involvement with Working Equitation and/or some fun facts of your horse partners, please send an email with pictures to carmen@confederationwe.us

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THESE ARE OUR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITORS... THESE ARE THEIR STORIES - ALLISON MAZURKIEVICZ

Ziva GPA is a 7 yr old PRE mare bred and raised in Colorado. I partnered up with her in January of 2015. Ziva the Diva as she is known, is sensitive, intelligent ride. She demands I go slow and add variety to our training.  Typical week for us has conditioning on our 1/2 mile track, low cross country jumping, ground poles, trail riding , select obstacle work  along with dressage.  We just completed teaching and leading a group get away at a Wyoming ranch.  What better way to make the show ring seem not so scary! The Diva is currently competing at Novice A and training Novice B at home. Every since I went to a judges seminar in October of 2015 I have dreamed of showing at this amazing venue.   This year qualifying for the championship show seemed like a great excuse to pony up and head down to Texas. 

I got hooked on WE in fall of 2013. I went from going to a play day to a schooling show then helping to found High Country Working Equitation in Colorado. I love the versatility of the sport and training. I run a small teaching/training business in Fort Collins and use WE to train all my students to learn to work with their horse and improve their horsemanship skills. This year I traveled all over Colorado doing introductory clinics and getting new WE enthusiasts. I really enjoy being an ambassador for the sport and getting people "hooked". I became a r carded judge in 2017 and am excited to travel and meet other competitors. Our goal for this show is to get there safely, have fun and enjoy the Haras experience.  We are both green to this level of competition so I am keeping an open mind and heart. My good friend is travelling with me and she has never been to Texas or Haras. Time to show the Florida girl some Texas hospitality.  I am using pictures from last weekends ranch clinic. I feel this is the real us. Learning the sport and then taking it outside to test our skills. See y'all there! 

Note: if you want to share with us your road to the championship, your involvement with Working Equitation and/or some fun facts of your horse partners, please send an email with pictures to carmen@confederationwe.us

THESE ARE OUR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITORS... THESE ARE THEIR STORIES - SANDRA AND DAVID WASHBURN

Having the opportunity to compete in the inaugural Confederation for Working Equitation National Championship show is exciting, but to be able to compete along side your spouse is amazing.

Sandra Washburn (Law), grew up in the horse world. Pony Club, 4-H, Eventing, Driving, Team Penning, Trail Trials, Dressage, Trail Riding, even exercising race horses as a teenager. If there was a horse involved she most likely tried it. Through the years her love and devotion to horses has not changed nor has her desire to have a well rounded horse. In 2000 she met Frank Grelo at a clinic and became a student of his, training with him as much as time and money would allow. Under Frank she learned the art of classical horsemanship. This gave dressage an entirely new reality of transforming the movements and giving them practical applications, leading to her love of WE. Sandra also fell in love with the baroque breeds and eventually purchased an Andalusian stallion Tesoro in 2004.

In 2004 Sandra and I (David Washburn) met and married a year later. I had always enjoyed horses but knew absolutely nothing about them. Little did I know that the first trail ride she took me on was a test to see if I was capable of keeping up. Over the years of growing together I became the horse husband and father. Going to shows being supportive and most of all doing chores, after all someone has to be that super-duper pooper scooper. I had a few different horses that I rode but never really felt a bond. In 2013 the quarter mare I was riding foaled Perla, by my wife’s stallion Tesoro. Perla was a bit big and the mare had a difficult but successful delivery, only downside was the mare wasn’t producing enough milk. For 2 months I had the pleasure of bottle feeding the foal throughout the night to ensure she was well nourished. I wasn’t pleased at the time however it created that bond that I had never experienced with a horse. Over the past five years that bond has strengthened and developed with training and time.

Our interest in Working Equitation began in 2014 when by chance we hosted Carlos Carneiro for a clinic. The original host had to back out for unforeseen circumstances. Since then our enjoyment of this sport has grown as well as the friendships we have developed. Sandra and I decided this year to begin showing at rated shows and in August received scores qualifying us to attend the National show in Haras. We are looking forward to this awesome opportunity together, seeing friends we have met along the way, and meeting many more at the show. Success is not always winning, it’s the knowledge gained along the journey

Note: if you want to share with us your road to the championship, your involvement with Working Equitation and/or some fun facts of your horse partners, please send an email with pictures to carmen@confederationwe.us


THESE ARE OUR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITORS... THESE ARE THEIR STORIES - JADE WATTS AND KODA

Luppy’s Boyfriend (AKA: Koda) came to Texas by way of a round up from the plains of North Dakota as a wild, untouched young stallion.  The Nokota horses are descended from the last surviving population whose ancestors include many horses descended from Spanish Colonial Stock.  

The Nokota’s survival depended on avoiding capture by humans.  The physical and social pressures combined to form durable, athletic, and extremely intelligent horses.

My incredible journey, with Koda, began just prior to the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show in 2014.   Due to Koda’s heightened sense of awareness and sensitivity, I have had to reevaluate the way I think, process and communicate with a horse.   Nokota’s are very independent, natural problem solvers, and never forget an experience.

Koda and I have had more than our share of learning experiences over the past 4 years from demolishing working equitation obstacles to exiting over the dressage rail during our tests.  It has been such an honor to gain the trust and bond with the heart of this native wild horse, as we consistently work to improve our training. 

I am thrilled for Koda to make his debut at the 1st CWE National Show in October at Haras Dos Cavaleiros!

Pictures by Kellee Campbell

Note: if you want to share with us your road to the championship, your involvement with Working Equitation and/or some fun facts of your horse partners, please send an email with pictures to carmen@confederationwe.us

THESE ARE OUR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITORS... THESE ARE THEIR STORIES - JADE WATTS AND ELVIS

Fineleehetouchedme (AKA:  Elvis), was purchased as a young Halter Champion, obviously built extremely muscular, downhill, and heavy on the forehand.  

Elvis was the first horse that I had the joy of starting on my own.   Eleven months later, he made his debut in Working Equitation as a 4 year old during the 2012 Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, placing in the top 5.  Elvis was brought along to Pin Oak for an outing, but due to a last minute change, became my main show mount that weekend as we quickly discovered the show ring was his element!

Often referred to as my ‘Heart of Gold’, he has always given me 150% effort regardless of his conformation difficulties or what is asked of him.

Our training journey, learning together, and ultimately reaping the reward of success as he climbed further up the Working Equitation ladder than we ever believed possible, has been absolutely incredible and produced gratefulness in which there are no words to describe.   

I am thankful for all those that have held my hand along this amazing ride!

Elvis and I are excited for our opportunity to compete at the 1st CWE National Show at Haras Dos Cavaleiros in October!

Pictures by Kellee Campbell

Note: if you want to share with us your road to the championship, your involvement with Working Equitation and/or some fun facts of your horse partners, please send an email with pictures to carmen@confederationwe.us

NEW (and very special for us) "FRIEND OF SHOW" SPONSOR

Kimberly June of EQUIDOMA is our new “Friend of Show” sponsor. This is very special for us, not only because of the generous act from her, but also because she is our Sponsorship Coordinator and has put all her heart, together with our Show Manager and the rest of the members of the National Show Committee, into ensuring the success of our first National Championship show.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, Kimberly! We really appreciate your dedication!

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NEW "FRIEND OF SHOW" SPONSOR!

It is amazing to see the kindhearted reactions of many Working Equitation fans that have come together to support our first National Championship show.

We would like to welcome Heather Walters of HWALTERS DRESSAGE as our new “Friend of Show” sponsor. It means a lot for us your generous contribution, THANK YOU!

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NEW BRONZE LEVEL SPONSOR!!!

There are not enough words to describe how grateful we are with the sponsors that keep supporting our first National Championship show!

We would like to give a warm welcome this time to Laura Merbeth of SHOWOFF RIBBON RACKS and thank you for your kindness and generosity!

Without a doubt, the help received from all these wonderful enterprises and friends of Working Equitation are going to make our event a memorable one.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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WELCOME TO OUR NEW "FRIEND OF SHOW" SPONSOR!

We are getting close to our first National Championship and the support keeps coming in an overwhelming way. This time we would like to welcome our new “Friend of Show” sponsor Donna Walters and SOUTHEAST BAROQUE SHOWS. We love your involvement with us and hope to see you at Haras Hacienda in October!

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WELCOME MUENSTER MILLING AS NEW BRONZE LEVEL SPONSOR!

We said it already and we have to say it again:

It’s overwhelming to see the support we have received for our first National Championship show. This time we want to send our gratitude to Kenny Ruiz from Muenster Milling Company for becoming our new Bronze Level Sponsor!

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