Our First Newsletter ! Learn About Upcoming 2020 NOVAWE Events

Welcome to the first edition of NOVAWE’s Rounding Post – a newsletter the NOVAWE Marketing Committee developed to inform you, inspire you, and remind you of NOVAWE upcoming activities and events.

A Note from the Editor: Diane Hutchinson

The NOVAWE board has been busy planning 2020 events with the aim to continue to grow our working equitation (WE) knowledgeable community and improve our members riding and horsemanship skills.  Our marketing team has doubled down on campaigns to help spread the good news about NOVAWE and the fun and forgiving discipline of WE that welcomes all breeds and disciplines.

We proudly congratulate our NOVAWE Confederation for Working Equitation 2019 Year-End Region 6 Champions:

  • Level 1 Amateur Champion: Jessica Williamson / Drumfield’s Kaleidoscope (Welsh/TB)
  • Level 1 Amateur Reserve Champion: Adair Soho / Cromeless Mercedes (AQHA)
  • Level 2 Amateur Champion: Biddie Lowry / Oliver Red Tari (AQHA)
  • Level 2 Open Champion: Stephanie Jennings / BOH High Cal Ada (AQHA)
  • Level 2 Open Reserve Champion: Kim Hillyer / Bell The Cat (APHA)

Visit and Like the Northeast Region Confederation for Working Equitation Face Book page and read the detailed write-ups about these and other NOVAWE members who finished in the Top Ten regionally for 2019.  Well Done!

Stephanie Jennings also finished Reserve Champion in her division IN THE NATION!  Wow!  Look for 2020 clinic opportunities to learn from this amazing horsewoman.  Stephanie is also a NOVAWE business member and her  Professional Horse Services  https://prohorseservices.com/ is donating an on-line Auction to us — see more information below.  Thank you Stephanie for all you do!

Last count NOVAWE had over 75 members — our 2020 membership goal is 125.

NOVAWE has instituted its own Year-End Awards Program that will include our schooling shows and other local WE Partner schooling shows for year-end awards.  Stay tuned!!

Board Positions Open: Be a NOVAWE leader!
Contribute to the accomplishment of all our goals! The NOVAWE board is soliciting two additional board members to help with management of the organization.  If you are interested in being considered contact Biddie Lowry (Facebook Private message or email her through the online contact form),

Open Board of Directors Positions (some flexibility in roles):

  • Secretary/Volunteer Coordinator, or Secretary/Treasurer (requires Quick Books experience)
  • Board Member/Fundraising Chair

Wow 2020 looks busy already – fabulous!  Just a year ago those of us living in this region were hard pressed to find WE clinics and shows to go to nearby. Now look at this calendar: there is at least one option every month.

Northern Virginia Working Equitation 2020 Event Schedule — as of December 26th 2019

4-5          NOVAWE Clinic with Allison Reed at Almeda Farm
26           Mitchell Dressage Series (MDS) WE Clinic with Dr. Jill Malone at Kelly’s Ford

8             Tri-State Riding Club Tack Sale (NOVAWE will man an informational booth)
10-12      NOVAWE Online Auction
22           MDS WE Clinic with Allison Reed at Kelly’s Ford

17           LCEA Expo (NOVAWE will man an informational booth)
21           Oak Spring Equestrian (OSE) NOVAWE Partner Show — WE Schooling Show in Md

4-5         NOVAWE Clinic with Tarrin Warren at Frying Pan Park
25          NOVAWE Ease of Hand  Schooling Show

23-24     ERAHC WE B-Rated Show #1 in Harriman, TN

6-7          NOVAWE B-Rated Show (license pending) at Frying Pan Park

11-12     ERAHC WE B-Rated Show #2 in Birchtown, PA
18-19     NOVAWE Clinic with Kat Waters

22-23     ERAHC WE B-Rated Show #3 in Lexington, VA

5             NOVAWE Schooling Show

17           Oak Spring Equestrian (OSE) WE B-Rated Show (license pending) in MD
24           NOVAWE Halloween Fun Fest

For updates to this ever-changing WE Event list visit our calendar often.

Join In the NOVAWE Auction Fundraiser February 10-12, 2020

Our main fundraiser of the year is the I Love NOVAWE Online Auction February 10-12.

Don’t return those unwanted gifts! Consider donating them to the NOVAWE auction instead!

Please check your barn or home for items that would be great to donate for our fundraising auction. You can donate services too.

Online Auction Date: February 10-12, 2020
Item Donation Deadline: February 7, 2020

How you can participate:

Register items (new or used) and donated services by simply filling out this form: Donation Form which is available now.  We will be posting detailed Auction “How To” information on the NOVAWE website, and will send additional guidance via Face Book and Email.  We will also provide members a solicitation letter.

Join online and bid!  To be a buyer, you’ll need to sign up for a bidder number/ Go to http://internethorseauctions.com to register.

Keeping You in the Loop

2020 NOVAWE Promotions At Local Events

Tell your friends to look for the NOVAWE informational booth here:

  • Tri-State Riding Club Tack Sale at the Loudoun County Fairgrounds — Saturday, Feb.8
  • Equine Expo at Stone Tower Winery — Tuesday evening, March 14th

Horse fans, these are fabulous events to attend as patrons. NOVAWE will be looking for volunteers to participate with our booths, (set-up,handing out flyers etc., and tear down.)  Whether you volunteer to help or not, please wear your NOVAWE logo-wear if you come! # WEtogether!

USA WE Rule Changes

If you plan to compete in WE then you should read and know the USA WE Rules, which were updated December 2019 — Watch Northern Virginia Working Equitation for Biddie Lowry’s “WE Rule Change Analysis” posts — coming soon!

New for 2020! Youth and Social Memberships Now Available

  • Social members are non-riding members who enjoy participating with our community, attending events and activities and receiving news updates
  • Youth members receive a reduced membership price (aged 6-17)

Find all the NOVAWE Information on our Membership page.

NOVAWE Membership Sale — Tell Your Friends

Adair Soho NOVAWE Region 6 Director

2020 Memberships are on sale through January 31st – $5 off all riding memberships. (Founding members, you need not renew your membership for 2020).
Also NOVAWE Gift Certificate sale is extended through January 31st. Purchase a gift certificate for a friend.

Our New Region 6 Director

Adair Soho is our new Confederation for Working Equitation Region 6 Director. Adair is also the NOVAWE Youth Coordinator Committee Chair (and Adair and Karen McCarthy’s Another Turn Tack Shop regularly sponsors NOVAWE events)  Thank you Adair for all you do!


Thank you NOVAWE volunteers, members and sponsors! Together we are building a member organization to be proud of that provides true value to horse and human. #WETogether

Special Thank You to our Business Members Another Turn Tack, Bella Vita Stables, Gallop Web Services, Professional Horse Services LLC, Timber Dream Farm, and Total Equine Veterinary Associates. Please support these fine businesses.

Information on benefits of being a NOVAWE Business Member and how to register your business can be found on the membership page.