American National Riding Commission

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Guidelines for ANRC Junior Horsemanship Challenge Hosts

Guidelines for ANRC Junior Horsemanship Challenge Hosts

These are guidelines for those interested in hosting a Junior Horsemanship Challenge local member competition. The competition can be organized in a way that best works for your schedule and facility. This guide tells the host what is required to comply with the ANRC rules and specifications for a local member competition.  

A local member competition may be held on one or more days, depending on the number of competitors/teams you can handle at your facility. You will need a minimum of two competition rings, one for the program ride, and one for the jumping phase(s).  In addition, you need to provide at least one warm-up area that can serve all competition phases.  If you choose, you may use more than one judge. The jumping phases may be combined with another horse show class (medal or derby) as long as the specifications and judging for the class meet the criteria for both.  

Any questions regarding hosting logistics may be directed to the ANRC Chair, Patte Zumbrun, by email:  or phone:  410-917-5042, or ANRC Intercollegiate Chair, Jennifer Smith, by email:

Apply / Create Prize List / Advertise

  • Apply for a membership on the ANRC Website at   Your login will give you access to the competition materials you will need for hosting. (Those hosting with no competing members do not pay school/organization membership fee).
  • Apply for a competition date on the ANRC website.
  • Once your date is approved you will be able to login to gain access to ANRC competition materials. Create a prize list using the required prize list template. Add your schedule, officials, opening/closing date for entries, and entry fee(s).
  • Your competition date and prize list link will appear on the ANRC website. The required entry blank is available to all members.
  • Members will download the entry blank, fill it in, and send it to you.
  • Alert local area participants that you are hosting a competition.
  • You will receive a pass code for your ANRC written test for your competition date.
  • Read the rules and specifications for the written test, program ride, written test, and jumping courses.

Officials / Personnel

  • Hire an ANRC Judge or a USEF rated hunter/ jumping seat equitation judge.
  • Hire a steward.
  • Appoint a scorekeeper/written test proctor/scribe(s) for program ride phase/runners.
  • Appoint necessary personnel such as an announcer/gatekeeper/schooling monitor.

Ribbons / Awards

  • Order Ribbons: Hodges Badge has the ANRC logo/button on file (approximate cost $270-$300).
  • Individual  placings in each phase four division/levels  = 12 sets of ribbons 1-6
  • Team ribbons for each division – 4 champion ribbons, 4 reserve ribbons, 4 sets 3-6
  • Up to three champion ribbons for the “Judges Choice Award” or prizes
  • Order any additional prizes you would like to give out!
  • Order competitor numbers

Forms / Score Sheets

  • Download and print the Junior Novice and Junior Open program ride score sheets. Label the appropriate score sheet for each rider with their competitor number.
  • Supply your own judges’ cards for the medal and/or optional derby phase.
  • You will find a required score sheet (Excel) on the ANRC Website for your use. Download the score sheet. It will calculate the scores after you put them in.
  • Each rider can score a maximum of 100 points in each phase, which totals 300 points in a three-phase competition, and when including the derby phase, totals 400 points.
  • There are four individual score sheets in “Excel sheet number one”. Fill in the name and competitor number of each competitor using the individual score sheets, using one for each division/level. (Example: high school junior open, high school junior novice, middle school junior open, middle school junior novice).  
  • Click on “sheet two” and you will see the team score sheets.  Fill in the team competitors for each school/organization.
  • When scores are available, add them to the appropriate individual and team score sheets.  They will calculate automatically.  (Always use the raw program ride score, example: 180 out of 200 points. The program automatically divides the raw score by .50 to equal 100).
  • You can print and post the score sheets throughout the competition.


  • The ANRC Junior Horsemanship Challenge local member competitions can be organized in a way that best works for your schedule and facility.  
  • Please refer to the rule book for the specifications for each competition phase and requirements for schooling.
  • A coach/trainer must be present for all competitive riding phases of the competition for their school/organization team members.
  • Schooling may be conducted in groups by school/organization. A coach/trainer must be present for all schooling sessions before and during the competition.
  • Schooling may be conducted before the competition begins or during the competition. For example: the medal or derby phase course may be open for schooling during the program ride competition phase or vice-versa.
  • Generally the program ride competition phase is the first phase offered but the phases can be conducted in any order.
  • All score sheets (program ride and judges’ cards) are collected throughout the competition and given directly to the official scorer.
  • Scores may be announced for the jumping phases.
  • Score sheets are posted throughout the day.
  • Program ride score sheets are not given out until all competition phases are completed

Program Ride

  • Make sure your ring is set up with the correct lettering for the program ride. (check the rules for ring size specifications)
  • Send the program rides to the judge ahead of time. (you may want to include pictures of the ring figures)
  • The program rides take approximately 3-5 minutes of actual performance time.  Make sure you plan accordingly.
  • Insure you have an experienced gate person to keep things moving.  
  • Establish your team order and be sure each team is warmed up and ready at the in gate. Example: Coach of Gophers middle school novice team students go first.  One rider goes right after the other.  Then that coach can help his/her next novice team get ready.
  • Have all of the open riders go first (high school and middle school) or all of the novice riders go first (high school and middle school).   
  • Collect program riders after each division (or every 12-15 riders) and give them to the scorer to post (these scores do not get announced, only posted)

Medal Phase and/or  Derby Phase

  • Plan to run each high school or middle school division in one group.  For example: all high school and middle school open teams are judged as a group, then the jumps are adjusted to novice height, and all high school and middle school novice teams are judged as a group. (you can decide which group you want to go first)
  • Remind the judge that well-executed simple lead changes are allowed in the Novice Division in the Medal Phase and Derby Phase.

Written Test

  • Each test is based on the riding theory found in the ANRC Study Guide and designated chapters of the USHJA Study Guide at  The test equals 100 points. There are 30 questions worth 3 points each and 5 questions assigned various point values that add up to 10 to reduce the possibility of competitors receiving the same score.
  • Students must bring an electronic device (computer, iPad, phone etc.)
  • Management may choose to provide  a laptop computer(s)
  • Each competitor will be given an individual access code that will be sent to the host prior to the competition.
  • At the designated testing area, the competitor will go to the ANRC website under the Junior Horsemanship Challenge 2017-2018 menu tab and see the competition list.  Click on the written test link on the date they are testing. When the test is completed, the competitor will see their score.  They will also see any questions that were not answered correctly with the correct answer indicated.
  • Alert the proctor that you have completed your test and ask them to record your score.
  • The test score will also be emailed to the competitor upon completion of the test as an additional record.


  • Completed score sheets must be emailed within (2) days of the competition to Patte Zumbrun at
  • A check for $10 per each entered rider must be mailed within (10) days of the competition to the ANRC Secretary, Marion Lee, 705 Longfellow Drive NE, Leesburg, VA, 20176.