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USHJA Announces the 2013 Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Finalists



Lexington, KY- USHJA announces the 2013 HQC Finals competitors, presented by Sweet Briar College.


The top-three finalists in each zone and the top-10 individuals nationally who have not qualified by being on a zone team, based on Level Two Quiz scores of 90% or higher, are invited to compete at the HQC Finals.


The HQC Finalist for 2013 are-


Zone 1 Finalists

Nicolas Horgan, Charlotte VT

Caroline Johnson, Grafton MA

Sara Sprague, Richmond MA


Zone 2 Finalists

Jacquelyn Ferguson, Oak Ridge NJ

Anna O'Connor, Southampton NY

Amanda Horn, Huntington NY


Zone 3 Finalists

Chloe Bellerive, Keedysville MD

Sarah Horowitz, Bethesda MD

Nicole Hylton, New Market MD


Zone 4 Finalists

Hannah Bentz, Boca Raton FL

Ashley Braddom, Owens Cross Roads AL

Morgan Bullock, Mount Ulla NC


Zone 5 Finalists

Anna Meurer, Berea KY

Stephanie Prince, Carterville IL

Georgia Skelton, Perryville KY


Zone 7 Finalists

Peyton Babbe, Frisco TX

Madelyn May, Austin TX

Courtney McCorkle, Bixby OK


Zone 8 Finalists

Annamarie Glenn, Golden, CO

Chloe Johnson, Broomfield CO


Zone 9 Finalists

Bailey Fuller, Tualatin OR

Rachel Pekala, Portland OR

Rebekah Polacek, Salem OR


Zone 10 Finalists

Elizabeth Evans, Encino CA

Devyn Hinkle, Oakland CA

Xianne Keller, Chula Vista CA


IHSA Finalists

Emily Dengler, Baldwinsville NY

Megan Devine, Louisville KY

Danielle Franchi, Islip NY


USPC Finalists

Emma Green, Carmel IN

Ella Jensen, Goleta CA

Megan Spitzer, Edwards IL


Individual Finalists

Ana Acosta, Altadena CA

Isabelle Collins, Rancho Palos Verdes CA

Zoe Conlee, Ridgfield WA

Emily Garrett, Avon Lake OH

Samantha Gastelum, Trabuco Canyon CA

Anneka Jansson, Barrington Hills IL

Abigail Krabacher, Hamilton OH

Kelsi Okun, McLean VA

Helene Shai, Granville OH

Stephanie Yerigan, Stanwood WA


Held on November 14 - 17, 2013, in conjunction with the 2013 Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session, presented by Dover Saddlery, this year's HQC Finals' host will be the University of Findlay on November 14 - 17, 2013, at the James L. Child, Jr. Equestrian Complex on the University of Findlay grounds.


Horsemanship is an important component of the EAP, therefore, as a portion of the HQC Finals experience, finalists will have the opportunity to audit the intensive riding sessions scheduled during EAP Nationals with Lead Clinician, Olympian Peter Wylde. Additional clinics, such as veterinary seminars, trimming and shoeing, saddle-fitting, massage therapy and feeding regimens may be offered. All finalists will participate in a mock hands-on practicum to test their current knowledge of various horsemanship and stable management applications.


Following all exams, 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 from the USHJA Foundation for training and education. The second place zone team and individual receive a silver medal, and the third place team and individual receive a bronze medal.


USHJA congratulates all the participants on their success and wishes them all the best at the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Finals.


The HQC Finals, presented by Sweet Briar College, is supported in part by a generous grant from the United States Equestrian Federation.


To learn more about the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge please visit the USHJA web site or contact Carrie Vaught at (859) 225-6703. 


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