Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 21, 2020—The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to announce the moving of the 2020 USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals to a virtual format. Originally set to be held at the George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center at Lake Erie College on November 6-8, the event has been adjusted to be held virtually due to the health and safety of USHJA members during the COVID-19 pandemic. The inaugural Adult HQC Nationals, originally to be held at the Capital Challenge Horse Show on September 25-27 for adult amateur participants 21 years of age or older, is also moving online.
This year, 24 individuals will be invited to compete in each of the events, HQC Nationals and Adult HQC Nationals, taking place at the end of October into the first week of November. Both Nationals are multi-phase events that puts the top scoring participants, who advanced through HQC Levels One and Two, to the ultimate test. This year's events will consist of a written exam and a final practicum that requires participants to demonstrate their mastery of practical horsemanship knowledge. A variety of prizes from USHJA's generous sponsors will be awarded to the top participants in each Nationals, including Boy-O-Boy Bridleworks, CWD and Parlanti.
Qualification criteria remains the same, with the deadline for completion of the Level Two Quiz on September 1. Each participant has one opportunity to score 80% or above on the Level One Quiz in order to advance to the Level Two Quiz, then 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 their respective Nationals.
The USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge and Adult Horsemanship Quiz Challenge encourage education and recognize equestrians who have exceptional horsemanship knowledge by putting their horsemanship knowledge to the test for a chance to win great prizes. To learn more about HQC and Adult HQC, visit ushja.org/HQC and ushja.org/AdultHQC.