Lexington, KY - October 28, 2014 - The United States Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to once again partner with leading American sport horse breeding and training facility Spy Coast Farm, owned and managed by Lisa Lourie, to provide an exceptional educational opportunity for the winner of the 2014 USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Finals, presented by Sweet Briar College.
"Spy Coast Farm is delighted to be able to offer this unique, hands-on opportunity to a deserving young person," said Lourie. "We love what we do and it is a pleasure to be able to share it with others."
Two experiences are available, based on the winner's age. If 18-years or older, the winner will be awarded a two month paid internship at Spy Coast Farm in Lexington, KY during the summer of 2015. The 60-day internship will allow the winner to experience all aspects of a Warmblood breeding and training facility by working with resident veterinarian, Dr. Modesty Burleson, and young horse trainer, Willie Tynan. Internship duties will include working in the barns helping with routine care, turnout, and feeding of mares and foals; assisting the veterinarian with routine preventative care, neonatal care, foal watch and mare and stallion reproduction; and observing and assisting the young horse trainer with daily care and grooming of the young horses in training.
A modified educational experience will be awarded to a winner under the age of 18. If under the age of 18, the winner and their family will be awarded a three-day weekend to their choice of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL or the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Tryon, NC. Room and board at a lodge or hotel nearby will be included, as well as tickets to the horse show and special events.
"We cannot thank Spy Coast Farm and Lisa Lourie enough for their contribution to our Horsemanship Quiz Challenge program," said Cricket Stone, chair of the USHJA Youth Committee. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime educational experience which truly captures the goal of the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge, and allows the winner to put their tested knowledge to work."
The 2014 Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Finals will be held in conjunction with the Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session from November 13-16 at the James L. Child, Jr. Equestrian Complex at the University of Findlay.
About the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge
Created to promote education and advancement of horsemanship skills and equine knowledge, the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge allows youth (competition age 21 and younger) to compete to win an assortment of prizes including a $1,000 grant for training and education.
To qualify for the HQC Finals, participants must master both the Level One and Level Two online quizzes. Participants must receive a 90% or higher on Quiz Level One to advance to Level Two. The exam materials are based on the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Study Guide, which covers an array of topics including anatomy and physiology, first aid, grooming, nutrition, shoeing, tack and stable management.
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 three top-scoring finalists in each zone comprise the zone teams. These finalists also compete as individuals. Participants take a final written exam, as well as a practicum. The highest-scoring zone team and highest-scoring individual finalist are named the overall winners of the HQC Finals.
The 2014 Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Program is supported in part by a generous grant from the United States Equestrian Federation.
About Spy Coast Farm
Spy Coast Farm specializes in the breeding and development of top quality performance horses. Spy Coast has three locations along the east coast, each of which has a role in the successful development of their horses. The breeding, training, competition and sales arms of the business are all integrated.
The 400 acre Lexington, Kentucky farm serves as the primary breeding facility and is the year-round home for the broodmares, foals and young horses. It also serves as the summer home for the competition horses. The farm's central location in the heart of the Bluegrass provides a full range of world class equine resources in the area including veterinarians, farriers, feed companies, the Gluck Equine Research Center, the home offices of the USEF, the USHJA and many others. The farm is conveniently located adjacent to the Kentucky Horse Park and is less than five minutes from the renowned Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and Hagyard's Equine Medical Center.