Pony Club Quiz Challenge
July 15 - 18, 2014 - Kentucky Horse Park
Pony Club has been teaching Horse Management skills since 1954 and is committed to making competitive educational opportunities available to other equine organizations and their members.
US Pony Clubs is extending an invitation to Equine Organizations to send teams of 3 to 4 members to compete in the Pony Club Quiz Challenge to be held in as a separate division in conjunction with Pony Club's Festival being held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, July 14 - 21.
The Quiz Challenge will begin with a Welcome Briefing and Written Test on Tuesday, July 15 with additional competition phases being held on Wednesday - Friday. The Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday afternoon.USPC Quiz Competitions consists of five phases designed to test each competitor's equine knowledge in both the classroom and the barn. Recommended ages for team members is 12 -21. Quiz question materials will be based on the Pony Club C-1 and C-2 Standards of Proficiency, and will utilize the 2014 Pony Club Quiz Rulebook.
Representatives from equine organizations interested in sending a team(s) to compete should contact Wayne Quarles, 859-254-7669. Opening dates are May 1 and entries must be received by July 1.
Entry Fee: $1,040 for team of four or $260 per individual
Quiz is a non-riding team competition comprised of 5 phases, where Competitors show their knowledge and skills in:
1) The Standards of Proficiency and topics related to the Standards of Proficiency through their Horse Management certification level and at least one level above their Horse Management certification level;
2) Rally competition rules;
3) Horse sports (Dressage, Eventing, Games, Polocrosse, Show Jumping and Tetrathlon) in addition to resource activities (Foxhunting, Polo, Vaulting, and Distance Riding), and;
Oral questions are asked in a classroom setting. The Classroom Phase is made up of individual Rounds. A Round is complete when each member of a team has answered one (1) individual question.
Oral questions are asked in a barn setting. The Barn Phase can be held in a parking lot, at a trailer, or in a room at a hotel. The only requirement is that competitors should be able to demonstrate something. Many questions are hands-on in approach. The format of the Barn Phase is limited only by the creativity of the Organizer.
Barn Phases vary in number of Rounds depending on availability of props and facilities. A Round is complete when each member of a team has answered one (1) individual question and the team has answered one team question. Proper footwear is required as stated in the General Requirements section of the Horse Management Handbook and Rules for Competition wherever the Barn Phase is held.
The format of the Stations Phase can vary from Region to Region. The Stations Phase is limited only by the creativity of the Organizer. Questions may be written, games, hands-on, etc. All questions in the Stations Phase are answered as a team. Stations are designed to test a team’s ability to work together.
The Stations Phase varies in the number of Rounds depending on availability of props and facilities. A Round is complete when a team has answered all the questions they can in a given time limit.
Mega-Room is comprised of tables with horse-related items displayed on them. Mega-Room table props should come from the Official Reference List. All items in the Mega-Room Phase are identified by matching them with an answer sheet given to each competitor. Competitors compete individually in Mega-Room and the top three scores will be totaled for a team score. The Mega-Room Phase varies in number of Rounds depending on availability of props and facilities.
The Written Test is comprised of 25 questions. Written Tests are Horse Management certification level specific and test up to one level above the competitor’s current Horse Management certification level. The Written Test is designed to give individuals more time to work through their answers.