Lexington, Ky.—June 17, 2019—The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association invites equestrians of all ages to put their horsemanship knowledge to the ultimate test in the 2019 USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Stable Challenge. The 30-day online quiz challenge is open to juniors and amateurs and brings barns together as teams to test their horsemanship knowledge for a chance to win great prizes.
"The Stable Challenge creates a fun and exciting educational competition that brings equestrians of all ages together while emphasizing horsemanship" said Mary Babick, president of the USHJA. "Each year we enjoy watching equestrians across the country test their knowledge and hopefully expand their horsemanship skills while competing for great prizes.”
2018 Zone 12 winner Beth Theisen and Two Rivers Ranch (photo provided).
Created to engage a trainer's entire barn as a team and encourage horsemanship for riders of all ages, the Stable Challenge requires at least three students per trainer to complete the online USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Practice Quiz at ushja.org/HQC between June 15 and July 15 for their barn to be eligible to win.
At the end of the 30-day challenge, the three top scores under each trainer will be averaged to provide an overall score. In the event of a tie, the fourth highest score for that trainer's barn will be added to the average. Participants do not need to be USHJA members to take the HQC Practice Quiz, and they can take the HQC Practice Quiz as many times as they like during the 30-day window to improve their Stable Challenge scores.
In addition, USHJA members who are USEF age 21 and younger can earn bonus points for their team when they take the official Horsemanship Quiz Challenge. Participants who take the Level One and Level Two HQC quizzes will receive 10 bonus points for each level they complete. Those points are then added to their individual score. In the event of a tie, a fourth score will be added to the average. Participants who have already taken the Level One and Level Two quizzes will automatically receive those bonus points when they take the Practice Quiz and list their trainer's name. More than 200 youth members have already registered for and taken the Level One HQC Quiz, making them eligible to earn bonus points for the Stable Challenge.
The highest scoring trainer per USHJA zone wins a unique trainer-inspired award package designed to benefit the entire barn, which includes a helmet from Charles Owen, a one-year membership to Equestriancoach.com, a $200 Parlanti gift certificate, a grooming bucket with supplies from Shapley's, a $100 FITS Breeches gift certificate, and a $100 gift card from USHJA's newest supporting sponsor, State Line Tack.
The trainer, coach or riding instructor of a participating barn must be a current USHJA member and be declared professional with US Equestrian in order to be eligible to win the barn prize pack. For each score to count toward a trainer's average, the trainer's name must be listed in the HQC Practice Quiz field.