The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association debuted the 30-Day Horsemanship Stable Challenge on June 14, and the competition was outstanding with 497 entries from 10 of the 12 zones that encompass the organization's membership.
Teams of at least three junior and/or amateur students (per trainer) signed up to take the online Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Practice Quiz, June 14 through July 15. At the end of the 30-day challenge, the three top scores under each trainer were averaged to provide an overall score with the highest scoring trainer in each zone declared the champion.
USHJA congratulates the following trainers and their students for their participation:
Zone 1—Kristen Redquest
Zone 2—Jolene Hasseler
Zone 3—Jennifer Fessler
Zone 4—Christine French
Zone 5—Donna Kriese
Zone 7—Julie Pickering
Zone 8—Laurie Mauderly-Bush
Zone 9—Jennifer Koval
Zone 10—Elizabeth Evans
Zone 12—Beth Theisen
Arianna Harris, a 2012 Emerging Athletes Program participant, found an innovative means to motivate and educate barn mates through the horsemanship lessons she brought back from EAP. Harris organized a point system for the school kids at Donna Kriese’s Zone 5 stable to earn “free rides” at the barn. Points were earned by picking up rocks, cleaning water buckets, tack and other stable chores, as well as reading George Morris texts and taking the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge. Thanks to Harris' idea, Kriese earned the top spot among trainers in her zone.
Zone 10 winning trainer, Elizabeth Evans, shared her thoughts about the program. "My mother (who is also my trainer) has always instilled in me the importance of horsemanship,” she said. “I believe that since your horse cannot speak, it is your responsibility to educate yourself so you can intelligently make decisions for him or her.”
Each winning trainer will receive a trainer-inspired award package, which includes a Trainer Certification Program Manual, one-year free subscription to EquestrianCoach.com, a ball cap, gift certificate, insulated lunch cooler and a copy of Equine ER provided by Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and Veterinary Pharmacy, 10 free bags of grain provided by Nutrena, a Charles Owen tote bag, Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Presenting Sponsor Sweet Briar College gift pack, and a USHJA package of polo wraps, grooming brush and a hoof pick.
The goal of the Stable Challenge was to provide firsthand experience of the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge program for trainers to encourage their students to participate in the program presented by Sweet Briar College. The Horsemanship Quiz Challenge educates and recognizes young equestrians who demonstrate exceptional horsemanship knowledge.
For additional information, please contact Carrie Vaught at (859) 225-6703.