The USDF and Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) have partnered to offer a quiz challenge as part of the annual IDA National Championships.
The USDF and Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) have partnered to offer a quiz challenge as part of the annual IDA National Championships. The USDF/IDA National Quiz Challenge is open to all IDA members, who are also USDF members, and consists of three rounds of competition; the first two rounds take place online through USDF’s eTRAK, focusing on classical dressage theory and training. The 10 highest scoring individuals from the first round in each of the four categories (Introductory, Lower Training, Upper Training and First Level) advance to round two; the top five from the second round in each division move on to compete as finalists at the IDA Nationals. A winner is declared in each category, with one grand prize winner. In 2015 and 2016, Hilltop Farm, Inc. of Colora, Maryland, generously provided a four-week internship at Hilltop Farm as the grand prize for this event.
“IDA is very excited to have Hilltop Farm as a sponsor for this new program. Having the support of Hilltop Farm shows all of our collegiate members how seriously the dressage community views knowledge of the classical system. We are thrilled with this new partnership and excited to see how it develops in the coming years,” stated Ginger Henderson, Chair of the Equestrian Dept. at Averett University and IDA board member.
Natalie DiBerardinis, General Manager & Breeding Manager at Hilltop Farm, Inc. added, “Hilltop Farm has always valued our relationships with colleges offering Equestrian Studies Programs and we’ve been fortunate to have many wonderful interns from these programs over the years. This new connection with the USDF/IDA National Quiz Challenge is a wonderful chance for us to continue to offer hands-on experience for college students preparing for a career in the sport horse industry.”
Grand Prize Winner: Alexandria Belton, a student at Cazenovia College. Alexandria was the winner of the First Level Division.
The Level winners were:
Introductory, Kristen Kelley, Averett University
Lower Training, Catherine Meyer, Cazenovia College
Upper Training, Hannah Walter, Averett University
Alexandria shared her enthusiasm for the challenge and the internship in saying, “Participating in the USDF/IDA Quiz Challenge at IDA Nationals gave me the chance to test my knowledge of Dressage and what I have learned while at Cazenovia College. I had fun studying with the other members of my team who also qualified. I'm very excited that Hilltop Farm has offered me this four week internship opportunity to learn about the operations of their business.”
For more information on the USDF/IDA National Quiz Challenge, please contact the USDF Youth Programs Liaison at email@example.com.