The United States Dressage Federation and Intercollegiate Dressage Association have partnered once again to offer the National Quiz Challenge to test the knowledge of the rules of dressage competition and understanding of core theory and training concepts. Open to all IDA members who are also USDF members, competitors are placed in one of four divisions depending on their IDA riding level (Introductory, Lower Training, Upper Training, and First Level) to compete.
The first round of the competition took place from March 7-21. It focused on information from the USEF Dressage Rulebook and topics such as classical training, rider aids, seat and position, and the training pyramid. The top five highest-scoring individuals in each division were chosen to advance to the finals held on Friday from 2-3 p.m. at this week’s National Competition.
Competing in the Introductory division this week are Eva Fritsch (Miami University), Anna Iguanis (Rutgers University), Kalee Boltz (Averett University), Lynnette Burg ( Lake Erie College), and Sarah Benson (Miami University).
The Lower Training division competitors include Isabella Nye (Centenary University), Breanna Gemmell (Averett University), Mia Hughes (Averett University), and Alisyn Yoder (Averett University).
For the Upper Training division, competitors include Payton Lawrence (Centenary University), Sarah Florentine (Rutgers University), Anne Morgan (Averett University), Sami Scigouski (Miami University), and Erin Feiner (Cazenovia College).
In the First Level division, competitors include Elizabeth Kness (Rutgers University), Sarah Bradbury (Lake Erie College), Hannah Frantz (Florida State University), Elizaveta Anikeeva (Averett University), and Claire Lamphear (Miami University).
The grand prize winner of the 2022 USDF/IDA National Quiz Challenge receives the opportunity to attend the 2023 Young Rider Graduate program. This program is a multi-day educational seminar to help young riders ages 20-28 to prepare for a professional career in the equine industry. The seminar topics are led by top professionals in the country and cover goal setting, sponsorship, international competition, insurance, contracts, equine business tax practices, and more.