Important Dates


June/July – Study Sessions – dates TBA
June 1 – Registration materials due
September 14th 4:30pm – Written phase 

September 15th 3:00pm – Written phase 
October 26-28 – Hands-on Phase
January 2019 – SBCRC Annual Banquet

Our goal is to encourage and reward junior riders who strive to become true horseman and provide a scholarship to help further their equestrian education. The competition will be two phases designed to test horsemanship knowledge at a local club level and be a feeder program to larger horsemanship challenges.

At a Glance


  • Two Phase competition consisting of a written and hands on portion.
  • Written Exam will be a mixture of multiple choice, True/False, and short answer questions.
  • The Hands on Phase will be testing the riders ability to perform skills involving horse care, parts of the horse and equipment.
  • Each phase is worth a maximum of 100 points.
  • A $2,000 Scholarship will be awarded, with $1,000 being awarded to the top score overall.
  • The winner will be announced at the annual banquet in January 2019



Santa Barbara County Riding Club

Horsemanship Challenge

Since 1944

Sponsored by

Mission Equine Associates

The SBCRC Horsemanship Challenge is designed to encourage riders of all equine and financial backgrounds to develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the hunter/jumper sport, their equine partners and an awareness of equestrian history.