HQC Nationals Program
The USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals, presented by The Plaid Horse, 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.
In 2017, the 24 individuals who score the highest on the Level Two Quiz will be invited to compete in the HQC Nationals where they can win a variety of prizes. The overall champion will receive a $2,000 grant for training and education, provided by the USHJA Foundation, a $5,000 scholarship from Lake Erie College, and a Charles Owen helmet. Reserve champion will receive a $1,500 grant for training and education, $3,000 scholarship from Lake Erie College, and a Charles Owen helmet. Third overall will receive a $500 grant, $2,000 scholarship from Lake Erie College, and Charles Owen helmet. Lake Erie scholarships are non-transferable, and apply to first-time, full-time undergraduate enrollment at Lake Erie College (LEC), renewable for up to 4 years or 8 semesters.
How to Qualify:
- Deadline for completion of the Level Two Quiz is September 1.
- Each participant may login three separate times to complete each quiz.
- Each participant has one opportunity to score 80% or above on the Level One Quiz in order to advance to the Level Two Quiz.
- Each participant has one opportunity to score 90% or above on the Level Two Quiz in order to be eligible for selection to compete in the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals.
USHJA will invite the top 24 qualified participants to the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals via email beginning in September. (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 You Need to Know:
- The National competition consists of three phases:
- Written Exam – 30% of score
- Horsemanship/Identification Exam – 30% of score
- Practicum Exam – 40% of score
- All finalists take the Written Exam, Horsemanship/Identification Exam and one of the Practicum Exams.
- Scores from the Written Exam and the Horsemanship/Identification Exam will be combined and the 12 Individuals with the highest combined scores will compete in Practicum A on the second day of Nationals.
- Finalists ranked 13th-24th based on their combined scores following the Written Exam and Horsemanship/Identification Exam, will compete in Practicum B on the second day of the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals but will not be eligible for prizes.
- In the event of a tie after the Written Exam and the Horsemanship/Identification Exam, the Written Exam score will take precedence. If a tie remains, the tie-breaking procedure for the Written Exam will be followed.
For details on Nationals qualifying procedures, please review the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Specifications.
The Horsemanship Quiz Challenge is supported in part by generous grants from the United States Equestrian Federation and the USHJA Foundation. To help support the HQC program, click here to make a charitable donation today.