Since 1944

Santa Barbara County Riding Club

Horsemanship Challenge

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.

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

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.

Sponsored by

Mission Equine Associates

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