Lexington, Ky.—Feb. 9, 2024—The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to open registration for the 2024 USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge and Adult Horsemanship Quiz Challenge. Intended to encourage education and recognize equestrians who have exceptional horsemanship knowledge, both Challenges allow equestrians of all ages to put their horsemanship expertise to the test.
The USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge is open to USHJA members above the Outreach level who are younger than 21 on December 1 of the current competition year, while the Adult Horsemanship Quiz Challenge is open to amateurs who are 21 years of age or older.
All participants, regardless of age, must register online for the Challenge and advance through two levels of online horsemanship quizzes by September 1. Participants must score an 80 percent or higher on the Level One Quiz to take the Level Two Quiz, on which they then must score a 90 percent or higher to be eligible for selection to the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals and Adult Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals.
Program participants may use the online resources available through the program—the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Study Guide and Practice Quiz—to prepare. These resources are also available on the USHJA website to anyone interested in improving their horsemanship knowledge.
"For me, the big connection between the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge and the barn is the never-ending learning journey," 2023 Adult Horsemanship Quiz Challenge winner Lindsey Gibbons said. "Many times during the study process I’d have these big light bulb moments. I’d come across some information that would explain something going on with my horse or would get an idea to experiment with something that ended up having a massive positive impact on my mare."
Twenty-four individuals comprised of the top individual scorers on the Level Two Quiz from each of the 12 USHJA Zones and the next 12 highest-ranked Level Two finishers nationally will be invited to participate in each Nationals event. Dates for the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals and virtual Adult Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals will be announced at a later date.
"I love the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge because of the camaraderie. Every year, I get to see friends I only see [at Nationals] and it's one big family get-together. We have a lot of fun," said 2023 USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals winner Ruthie Ruhl. "They are all here to support you and one another. [We] just want to see each other succeed."
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