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October 29, 2013

Student Emily Garrett Headed to Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Finals

Lake Erie College student Emily Garrett scored well over average on the United States Hunter Jumper Association Horsemanship Quiz Challenge (HQC) level two quiz which earned her an invitation to participate in the 2013 HQC Finals as an individual finalist. The finals, which is comprised of internationally recognized equestrians, is held at the University of Findlay on November 15-17.

Garret had to complete two online tests, which she passed both with above 90%.

"I got a call one evening telling me that I was eligible for the finals if I answered 10 questions over the phone and scored better than the people whose scores tied with mine. A few days later after I replied to the 10 questions, I received an email saying that I had not qualified. Suddenly, about a day or two later, I got a phone call and email from Carrie Vaught of the United States Equestrian Federation saying that I had qualified and was eligible to go to the finals," said Garrett.

The finals will consist of a written test whose results determine the top three individual and zone participants for the hands on practicum session. At the finals, Garrett will have the opportunity to attend parts of the Emerging Athletes Program (EAP) Finals to watch top clinicians as well as horsemanship sessions and see the end competition for the EAP Finals.

"I am very excited and honored for this opportunity to further my knowledge and participate in such a wonderful program and competition," she said.

The winning zone and individual will receive a Charles Owen helmet (a top equestrian brand), a gold medal and a $1,000 training grant to be used for lessons, clinics or shows.

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