Stable Challenge Highlights Barns’ Commitment to Horsemanship

Nine trainers receive more than $1,000 in prizes each


Lexington, KY—-   July 28, 2016 —-   After 30 days of children and adult equestrians putting their horsemanship knowledge to the test in the United States Hunter Jumper Association Horsemanship Quiz Stable Challenge, presented by The Plaid Horse, nine trainers in nine zones walked away as winners with more than $1,000 each in prizes. More than 760 tests were taken this year across 11 zones.

Prize packages valued at more than $1,000 were awarded to each USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Stable Challenge winner in each zone. Photo Credit: USHJA Archives.
Prize packages valued at more than $1,000 were awarded to each USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Stable Challenge winner in each zone. Photo Credit: USHJA Archives.

“Horsemanship is at the heart of everything we do as equestrians,” said Kevin Price, executive director of USHJA. “We are pleased to see so many members excited to continue learning and advance their horsemanship through this fantastic program.”

From June 15 to July 15, the 30-day HQC Stable Challenge was open to Juniors and Amateurs, bringing barns together to put their horsemanship knowledge to the ultimate test for a chance to win great prizes. At least three students per trainer had to complete the online HQC practice quiz for their barn to be eligible to win. At the end of the 30-day challenge, the three top scores under each trainer were averaged to provide an overall score, and the highest scoring trainer per zone wins a unique trainer-inspired award package with gifts from USHJA, Charles Owen, Inc.Equestriancoach.comPerfect Products,  Professional’s ChoiceRood & RiddleShapley’sStandlee Hay Company and The Plaid Horse.

Participants, who met the age requirements and took the Level One and Level Two HQC quizzes, received 10 bonus points for each level they completed. Those points were then added to their individual scores.

Most of the winning trainers had an average score of 100 or better (with bonus points), meaning their top students produced perfect scores and in many cases took the Level One and Level Two quizzes. Only three zones had no winner either because they had no participants or because the participants did not reach the minimum requirements to win. USHJA is pleased to announce the winning trainers by zone:

Zone Trainer Barn
Zone 1 Holly Rebello Hidden Brook Stables
Zone 2 Jolene Hasseler* Sweet Release Equestrian
Brenda Peck* Galemont Farm
Zone 3 Kate Worsham Foxcroft School
Zone 4 Madison K Brown Garnet Hill Farm
Zone 5 Mary Roskens Mary Go Round
Zone 7 Julie Gass Cadence Equestrian Center
Zone 9 Mary Rae Fuller Prairie Fox Farms
Zone 10 Elizabeth Evans Mischief Farm
Zone 11 Amy Quinlan Dillingham Ranch


*Zone 2 produced a tie between two trainers that could not be broken through the standard tie-breaking procedure, and USHJA awarded prizes to both.

“This challenge feeds into our Horsemanship Quiz Challenge, which closesSeptember 1,” Price continued. “We look forward to seeing many of our younger participants continue past the Practice Quiz to take Level One and Level Two quizzes for a chance to qualify for HQC Nationals.”

The Horsemanship Quiz Challenge remains open until September 1, 2016, offering USHJA members, under the age of 21 (per USEF rules), the opportunity to compete for a chance at HQC Nationals, which takes place in conjunction with the Emerging Athletes Program Nationals in November 2016. HQC Nationals consists of a written exam, a horsemastership/identification exam, and a final practicum that requires participants to demonstrate their mastery of practical horsemanship knowledge. Team and individual winners each receive a $1,000 grant for training and education from the USHJA Foundation, a Charles Owen helmet and a gold medal.

The Horsemanship Quiz Challenge is supported in part by a generous grant from the United States Equestrian Federation, as well as individual donors through theUSHJA Foundation.

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