The USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals is a multi-phase event that puts the top scoring participants, who advanced through HQC Levels One and Two, to the ultimate test. HQC Nationals, formerly known as the HQC Finals, consists of a written exam, a horsemastership/identification exam, and a final practicum that requires participants to demonstrate their mastery of practical horsemanship knowledge.
HQC Nationals—What You Need to Know:
Participants who receive a 90 percent or above on the Level Two Quiz will be considered eligible for selection to compete at the HQC Nationals.
Selections will be based on scores from the Level Two Quiz. The three highest scoring finalists from each Zone, the USPC or the IHSA will comprise a team. Should a Zone, the USPC or the IHSA be unable to field a complete three-person team, they will be eligible to send at least two individuals to the HQC Nationals.
All finalists compete in the first two phases (the written exam and the horsemastership/identification exam) of the HQC Nationals. The three highest scoring teams and three individuals (who are not already members of an advancing team) move on to compete in the third and final phase, the practicum.
The winning team and overall individual winner will each receive a $1,000 grant for training and education, a Charles Owen helmet and a gold medal.
For details on Nationals qualifying procedures and team specifications, please review the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Specifications.
The Horsemanship Quiz Challenge is supported in part by a generous grant from the United States Equestrian Federation.