Arlington resident wins 1st place in national dressage competition

Kiersten Pratt

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kiersten Pratt of Arlington was the overall winner of the 2018 USDF/IDA National Quiz Challenge, held at the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) Nationals.

Pratt, a member of Lake Erie College’s 2020 class, was entered in the Upper Training division. As the grand prize winner, she will receive her choice of an internship or intensive training opportunity at Hilltop Farm, Inc. in Colora, Md.

Pratt shared her enthusiasm for the challenge and the internship. “Participating in the quiz challenge has given me the incentive to study deeper about dressage theory, which will help me improve my own riding. I’m very honored to have won the internship with Hilltop Farm and I can’t wait to learn from some of the best!” she commented.

USDF also congratulated the winners in the other divisions of competition. They include Erin Diehl, Lake Erie College, winner of the Introductory Level; Morgan Blanyer, Lake Erie College, winner of the Lower Training Level; and Giuliana Raggio, Lake Erie College, winner of the First Level.

Big Dee’s Tack and Vet Supply provided gifts for those participating in Round 1, as well as prizes for the winners of each of the four divisions and the grand prize winner.

This competition, open to all IDA members, consisted of two rounds of competition. The first round took place online through USDF’s eTRAK, focusing on classical training and classical dressage theory related to the rider’s seat, position and aids, as well as dressage competition rules. The five highest scoring individuals in each of the four categories advanced to the finals at the 2018 IDA Nationals, held in the George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center at Lake Erie College, in Painesville, Ohio.

For more information on the USDF/IDA National Quiz Challenge, please visit the IDA website at, the USDF website at or contact USDF at [email protected]

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