Findlay, OH-November 18-Twenty-one participants gathered from seven zones, the United States Pony Club and the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association to compete as teams and individuals in the National Finals of the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge, presented by Sweet Briar College, at the University of Findlay (OH), November 14-16. Zoe Conlee, 18, of Ridgefield, WA, captured the title of overall individual gold medalist and team gold was awarded to the IHSA team of Kabisa Baughen, Brown University; Emily Dengler, SUNY; and Emily Garrett, Ohio University

Conlee, who competed in the HQC Finals in 2012 and 2013, was the individual silver medalist in 2012. She currently competes with her horses in the 1.40m jumpers, is involved in... (Read More)

The HQC Finals may incorporate an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Team and/or a United States Pony Club Team in addition to the 12 zone teams. HQC participants who are also IHSA or USPC members may declare participation with either their respective zone, IHSA or USPC Team once they become eligible for HQC Finals.


2014 HQC Results

Individual Gold- Zoe Conlee
Individual Silver- Emily Dengler
Individual Bronze- Sara Sprague

Highest Written Test Score - Sabrina Jain
Highest Practicum Score - Sara Sprague

Team Gold:IHSA
(Kabisa Baughen, Emily Dengler, Emily Garrett)
Team Silver: Zone 1 Team
(Grace Powers, Sara Sprague, Elisa Zygiel)
Team Bronze: Zone 10 Team
(Sabrina Jain, Devyn Hinkle, Ana Park Von Simun)


The Experience

Horsemanship has been a very important component of the EAP from the start; therefore, as a portion of the HQC Finals experience, participants audit intensive riding and horsemanship sessions led by world-renowned clinicians and stable managers during the EAP National Training Session. Additional clinics, such as veterinary seminars, farrier, saddle-fitting, massage therapy and nutrition may be offered.

All participants take a final written exam that may include multiple-choice, true/false and fill-in-the-blank formats. The three teams with the highest Finals written exam scores advance to the hands-on practicum. Additionally, the top three individuals not already on a practicum-qualified team will also participate in the practicum as an individual competitor. The hands-on practicum is taken separately by these 12 individuals and may include handling a horse and horse-related equipment. Each team member’s scores are combined to determine the overall team score.

The Prize

The highest-scoring zone team and highest-scoring individual finalist are named the overall winners of the HQC Finals. Each winner receives a gold medal, a Charles Owen helmet and a $1,000 grant for training and education (e.g., lessons, clinics, camps). The second place zone team and individual receive a silver medal, and the third place team and individual receive a bronze medal. The $4,000 in training grants are generously supported by the USHJA Foundation.


The 2014 Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Program is supported in part by a generous grant from the United States Equestrian Federation.

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