NOVAWE welcomes Melissa Smith (Mills) as the newest member of the NOVAWE Board! She brings her experience to our organization in teaching WE, organizing events, and gathering volunteers.

Mill's equestrian background began in South Africa where she started riding at a young age. In 1998 Mills moved to the United States to attend college as an Equestrian Business Major. For 11 years she taught professionally at a large lesson barn in Maryland, teaching students of all ages and levels in both dressage and eventing. Over the past three years Mills has been delving into the world of Working Equitation, introducing riders and horses to the enjoyment of obstacle courses and judged shows. Teaching is her passion, and she loves to help riders progress and obtain their individual goals whether they are competing, improving their horsemanship, or just for the love of being with horses. 
Summer has arrived! There are opportunities to practice or show Working Equitation not only in Virginia, but also in Maryland and Pennsylvania!  Visit the Events tab on the USA Working Equitation - Region 6 Facebook page for the most complete calendar:
NOVAWE Calendar of Events for July, August, & September
  • July 9         NOVAWE WE Clinic with Allison Reed at Almeda Farm
  • Aug 14       NOVAWE Schooling WE Show #2 at FPFP, Judge: Allison Reed
  • Sept 18      NOVAWE WE Clinic with Mills Smith at Almeda Farm
Well known Allison Reed is conducting the WE Clinic at Almeda Farm in Boyce, VA on July 9th. This clinic closes on July 1st. The Intro-Novice session (12:45 - 2:15 pm) has two openings. The rest of the sessions are full. Sign up here:
The NOVAWE Schooling Show #2 will be held at Frying Pan Park on August 14th. This is on a Sunday so that those folks who work on Saturdays can now give showing a try!  Stabling is always offered at Frying Pan so your horses can have a stall for the big day!

The show opens by invitation only to NOVAWE members on July 3, 2022. It will open to the public a few days after that date. You can go this site now and download the prize list. 

All schooling shows require volunteers to produce the show! Can you help out this time? These positions need to filled: set up crew, scribe, score runner, paddock steward, ring crew, timers, tear down crew. If you can help out on August 14th, please email Mills Smith at: novawe.msmith@gmailcom .
NOVAWE's WE Clinic with Mills Smith at Almeda Farm will open on August 7, 2022 by Invitation Only to NOVAWE members. It will open to the public a few days after that. This will be a great clinic and will be held on Sept 18th.
To register by invitation only to NOVAWE's events you will need a passcode on the Striderpro website. First, you will need a password to open our Members Only page on the website.

To find the passcode:
1. Go to

2. Look on the left side menu and select: Members Only.​

3. Type in this password near the top of the next page: WE-together​  

4. Click on Enter.​

5. Find the event that you want to enter in the table. Look to the far right and you will see the passcode that you will need to use on the Striderpro website to open the registration when the event opens. After the event opens to the public, a passcode is no longer needed.

The NOVAWE Working Equitation Clinic with Sue Watkins was a huge success! Thirteen NOVAWE members participated in this clinic. 

Sue will be in Maryland for a WE Clinic at Oak Spring Equestrian on July 14 and 15, followed by judging a licensed show there. Barb is looking for volunteers, so if you can help her out, email her at
The day after the Sue Watkins clinic, 14 NOVAWE members participated in ERAHC's East Coast Classic #1 USAWE licensed show at Frying Pan (6/18/22 to 6/19/22) from Level 1 (Intro) to Level 4 (Intermediate A).  Everyone had fun; everyone found success either in a small or big way. Here are a few casual photos from the show.
Special thanks go to the NOVAWE members who volunteered their time before or during the licensed show to help ERAHC:  Kim Ellis, Stephanie Jennings, Biddie Lowry, Lynsey Moritz, Leslie Painter, Linda Schroder, & Cindy Sikes. Many others stepped in to help set up and tear down the course.  
NOVAWE appreciates our Business Members! Please show your support with your patronage.
We are all looking forward to summer weather and WE outings! Hope to see you soon!
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