FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2017
Today, the United States Hunter Jumper Association opened registration online for the 2017 USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge, presented by
The Plaid Horse
Competitors advance through Level One and Level Two Quizzes online for a chance to compete at the 2017 HQC Nationals, which will be held November 10-12, 2017, at the George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio.
"We're excited to once again offer this free, educational program that rewards our young equestrians for their horsemanship knowledge and skills," said USHJA Executive Director Kevin Price. "We are also grateful to
The Plaid Horse for their continued support of the HQC program and their dedication to promoting horsemanship and education to the sport's youth."
In 2016, HQC participants ranged in age from 9 to 20, and the youngest participant to qualify and participate at the 2016 HQC Nationals was 11 years old. The HQC program is open to any USHJA member who is younger than 21 on December 1 of the current competition year and there is no minimum age requirement to participate.
"The wide range in ages of our 2016 participants demonstrates the program's popularity among members," continued Price. "We look forward to even greater participation in 2017 and wish those who rise to the challenge the best of luck
Young equestrians can participate by completing the free, online Level One and Level Two Quizzes. Participants must score an 80 percent or above on the Level One Quiz to advance to the Level Two Quiz. Those who score 90 percent or above on the Level Two Quiz will be eligible for selection to compete at the 2017 HQC Nationals at
Lake Erie College
, where they can win a variety of prizes including a $500-$2,000 grant for training and education provided by the
, as well as a Charles Owen helmet.
Free resources are available to encourage and assist participants in preparing for the online quizzes including a
. The official study guide covers topics that include horse identification, anatomy, nutrition, riding theory and welfare, and it is available to everyone interested in expanding their equine knowledge, not just HQC participants. Additionally, the online practice quiz is open to USHJA members of all ages.
As a companion opportunity to the HQC, each summer the USHJA conducts a 30-day
HQC Stable Challenge
from June 15 to July 15, during which barns can compete for special prizes. One barn's trainer, who is a USHJA member, per zone may win and each participating barn must have at least three participants (adults or juniors) take the HQC Practice Quiz during the 30-day challenge. At the end of the 30-day challenge, the three top scores under each trainer will be averaged to provide an overall score. In the event of a tie, the fourth highest score for that trainer's barn will be added to the average. The trainer with the highest score in their zone wins. Participants under the age of 21 can earn bonus points for their barn's team by taking the HQC Level One and Level Two Quizzes.