American National Riding Commission

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ANRC Junior Horsemanship Challenge

ANRC Junior Horsemanship Challenge

ANRC Junior Horsemanship Challenge National Championship

Overview

The ANRC Junior Horsemanship Challenge is a team competition for schools and organizations with students in grades 6 through 12. The multi-phase format is modeled after the ANRC National Intercollegiate Equitation Championship, now in its 40th year. The competition is conducted in three or four phases—- a Program Ride in the constraints of a ring; a Medal Course in a ring; and an optional Derby Course in a ring, field, or in and out of a ring, and a Written Test provided by ANRC based on forward riding theory and stable management.

Each academic year, member schools and organizations participate in ANRC Junior Horsemanship Challenge local team competitions. Students are mounted on their own horse or pony, or a horse or pony provided by their school or organization. Coaches are encouraged to incorporate forward riding theory and sound stable management practices to improve the rider’s mounted and unmounted horsemanship skills. Students are encouraged to set personal goals as well as team goals, study ANRC materials, practice fundamentals, and apply knowledge.

Conferences:

The ANRC Horsemanship Challenge competitions are open to any school or organization that is a paid ANRC member. A school or organization is recognized under a designated conference:

  • American Conference – Private or Independent Schools (teams must consist of students attending a member school grades 6-12)
  • National Conference – Public Schools or Homeschooled students (teams may consist of students attending a single school or multiple schools that represent a member organization grades 6-12. Private school students may compete on a National Conference team if the school they represent is not an American Conference member)

Schools or organizations from either conference compete together in local member competitions beginning June 1. At each competition, based on where teams place 1st through 6th, a school or organization receives conference points to establish conference team standings for their high school and middle school teams. Conference standings are posted on the ANRC website.

When the competition season concludes or before May 31, a member school or organization with a high school team or middle school team that finishes in the top 6 of either conference division receives recognition and awards for their team’s accomplishment in that division. A member school or organization with a high school team ranking 1st through 6th in either conference division is eligible to compete in the ANRC Junior Horsemanship Challenge National Championship in that division. A member school or organization with a middle school team ranking 1st through 6th in either conference division is eligible to compete in a horsemanship clinic, written test, and practicum at the ANRC Junior Horsemanship Challenge National Championship in that division.

Local Member Competition:

The ANRC Junior Horsemanship Challenge offers two divisions of team competition for middle and high school students:

  • Junior Novice (middle school or high school team)
    • Program Ride, 2’3”-2’6” Medal Course, optional Derby Course, and Written Test (well-executed simple changes are allowed in this division)
    • Note:a horse/rider combination that has competed in local or rated horse shows at 3’3” or higher must compete in the Open division)
  • Junior Open (middle school or high school team)
    • Program Ride, 2’9” – 3’ Medal Course, optional Derby Course, and Written Test

Teams:

Each local competition host determines the number of team entries/riders allowed to enter the Junior Novice and Junior Open divisions. Based on this information, a school or organization may designate one or more teams consisting of one, two, or three riders to represent them in each division at the middle school and/or high school level. In each competition phase, the scores for each team member are added and then totaled to determine the final team placing (for a team of three the lowest score is dropped in each phase). If the competition host allows a school or organization to have more than one middle school or high school team in the Junior Novice or Junior Open division, only the highest scoring team will receive points toward their conference ranking. In order for a high school team or middle school team to receive full points, there must be a minimum of three different school/organization teams competing in their division.

Judging:

A USEF licensed “R” or “r” in Hunter/Jumping Seat Equitation judge or an ANRC judge must officiate. USEF rules for hunter seat equitation apply in all mounted phases of the competition where applicable. Judges are to reward excellence in the rider’s position, control, and effectiveness in each mounted phase in accordance with the rider’s division and competition level. Emphasis is placed on the rider’s ability to execute a smooth and accurate performance with their horse. The written test is taken online and proctored in a designated location. Scores for each phase are tabulated and posted during the competition.

Competition Awards:

  • In each division, awards are given for the top 6 individual placings in each competition phase. There are separate awards for middle and high school riders.
  • The scores for each team member are added in each phase, then totaled to determine the final team rankings in each division 1st – 6th (when there is a designated team of three, the lowest score in each phase is dropped)
  • At the conclusion each participant receives their program ride score sheet.
  • A Judge’s Choice Award is given to the competitors that impress the judge with the quality of their horse’s condition, tack, and turnout (up to three may be selected).
  • A rider receiving 80% or above in each phase of one team competition at a member competition in either division is eligible to apply for an ANRC National Junior Challenge Conference Scholarship. Competitors that meet this qualification are listed on the ANRC website and will receive instructions to apply.
  • All results and conference standings are posted on the ANRC website.

ANRC Junior Horsemanship Challenge National Championship:

  • At the end of the competition season, on or before May  31, a member school or organization with a high school team ranking 1st through 6th in either conference division is eligible to compete in the ANRC Junior Horsemanship Challenge National Championship in that division. The championship will determine the ANRC Horsemanship Challenge National Champion in each high school division. 
  • A member school or organization with a middle school team ranking 1st through 6th in either conference division is eligible to compete in a horsemanship clinic, written test, and practicum at the ANRC Junior Horsemanship Challenge National Championship in that division (team of two only). The championship will determine the ANRC Horsemanship Challenge Champion in each middle school division. 
  • If a minimum of 20 schools/organizations with high school or middle school teams join each year, there are no additional entry fees to attend the Championship. Shipping, transportation, stabling, and accommodations are the responsibility of each team. (ANRC reserves the right to modify the criteria for Championship qualification within a given competition year and will review the criteria for Championship qualification preceding each competition year)

Membership:

  • Participating schools or organizations pay an annual ANRC membership fee of $300. Membership opens June 1 and expires May 31. A paid membership allows access to all ANRC materials, including a rule book, guide for competition hosts, study resources, program rides, and score sheets. (there are no additional membership fees for participants or coaches)
  • A member school or organization must apply to host an ANRC Junior Horsemanship Challenge competition. Approved dates are posted on the ANRC website.
  • Competition hosts are required to submit a $10 fee for each entered rider and report official scores for individuals and teams to ANRC within 10 days of the competition.

Resources:

  • ANRC Study Guide (available to member organizations)
  • DVD series: American System of Forward Riding— Life Lessons Learned with Horses by Shelby French and R. Scot Evans (available for purchase)
  • Book: Schooling and Riding the Sport Horse: A Modern American Hunter/Jumper System by Paul D. Cronin (available for purchase)
  • DVD collection: The American Hunter/Jumper Forward Riding System—-The Elements of Forward Riding by Bernie Traurig (available for purchase)
  • USHJA Trainer Certification Manual and Study Guide available for purchase on the USHJA Website

For information, contact the ANRC Chair, Patte Zumbrun, pzumbrun@goucher.edu