USDF/IDA National Quiz Challenge

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, 2016 and 2017, 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.”

2017 Winners

Grand Prize Winner: Elizabeth Affeld, Lake Erie College. Elizabeth was the winner of the Lower Training Level Division.

The Level winners were:
Introductory – Kira Witty, Meredith Manor International Equestrian Center
Upper Training – Giuliana Raggio, Lake Erie College
First Level - Renee Monzon, Lake Erie College

Elizabeth shared her enthusiasm for the challenge, and the internship, in saying, "Participating in the quiz challenge gave me an opportunity to put my knowledge of dressage, from my 10 years in Pony Club and what I learned at Lake Erie College, to the test. I did it purely for fun, and I wasn't expecting to win. I'm very excited that Hilltop Farm is offering the internship again, and I can't wait to learn about their operations!"

For more information on the USDF/IDA National Quiz Challenge, please contact the USDF Youth Programs Liaison at youth@usdf.org.