American National Riding Commission

American National Riding Commission

Providing Quality Educated Riding For All Levels


ANRC Collegiate and Junior National Championships

The ANRC National Championships are traditionally held in April. The championship is an invitational competition for collegiate and junior teams that pay an annual ANRC membership fee.  The collegiate championship and junior championship are held the same weekend and judged separately. In each championship, teams may compete in a 3′ or 2’6 division. Students may compete on a school-owned horse or a privately owned horse.

The competition is judged and scored on equitation skills and sound horsemanship practices.  The highest score in each phase will be awarded to the rider who demonstrates excellence in equitation and produces a smooth, cooperative performance exemplifying quality hunter movement both on the flat and over fences.  The scores are added to produce an both individual and team standings. The four phases are described below with a sample video of each mounted phase.

  • A Written test based on riding theory and a selected stable management topic worth 5% of the total score
  • A Program Ride (includes USEF Hunter Equitation Tests) worth 35% of the total score

  • A Derby Course (natural jumps in a field) worth 30% of the total score

  • A Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Course worth 30% of the total score

Throughout the year, 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.

The primary goal of ANRC is to promote the American System of Forward Riding.  This system is based on the idea that the rider’s position or seat, control, and schooling of the horse are integral parts. The training objectives seek to develop the horse’s agility and strength under the weight of the rider, and achieve balance of the horse independently of the rider’s aids. Emphasis is placed on the rider’s ability to achieve a cooperative performance, allowing the horse to move forward freely with connected movement, while remaining calm and alert.

For more information about the ANRC National Championships, please contact Patte Zumbrun, ANRC Chair, at