In the midst of a busy summer show season and daunting back to school to-do lists, there are some great opportunities available for young riders -but time is running out to take advantage of them! The USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge (HQC) is one of those opportunities.
WHAT IS IT?
The Horsemanship Quiz Challenge exists to encourage education and recognize young equestrians who have exceptional horsemanship knowledge. The USHJA HQC offers USHJA members, under the age of 21, the opportunity to compete for a spot at Horsemanship Quiz Challenge (HQC) Nationals. The Plaid Horse magazine is the title sponsor of the HQC and publisher Piper J. Klemm, PhD, meets with the competitors during nationals to discuss entrepreneurship.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Participants take two levels of online horsemanship quizzes, which consist of multiple-choice and true/false testing. To be eligible for selection for the HQC Nationals, which is an in-person competition that includes a written test and a hands-on practicum component to put the top scoring participants to the ultimate test. Participant must score an 80 percent or above on the Level One Quiz to take the Level Two Quiz. Participant must score a 90 percent or above on the Level Two Quiz to be eligible for selection for HQC Nationals. Twenty-four (24) individuals will be invited to participate in the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals. Individuals who score the highest in their zone on the Level Two Quiz will be selected first. If a top-24 individual zone finisher cannot attend, or a zone does not have a top finisher from the Level Two Quiz, that spot will be open to the next nationally ranked finisher.
WHAT’S THE DEADLINE?
The Horsemanship Quiz Challenge remains open until September 1, 2016. That means two tests to take online before Sept. 1!
WHAT HAPPENS AT NATIONALS?
HQC Nationals takes place in conjunction with the Emerging Athletes Program Nationals in November, 2016 over the course of several days. 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.
WHAT CAN I EARN?
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.
I’M REGISTERED AND I’VE ALREADY TAKEN BOTH TESTS.
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