Calling all pony fans: the prize list has been posted and entries are now rolling in for the 10th anniversary of the National Dressage Pony Cup (NDPC) Championship Show, which is set to return to Lexington, Ky. on July 7-9, 2017 and will once again be livestreamed on the USEF Network.
The National Dressage Pony Cup Championship Show is renowned for superb organization, a welcoming atmosphere and supportive camaraderie unlike any other event in the country, all while providing a national stage for the promotion of ponies in dressage with competitors of all ages and abilities. This incredible event will once again be held in conjunction with the Kentucky Dressage Association (KDA) Summer Classic I & II on the picturesque grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park, and this year’s gathering of pony power looks to be bigger and better than ever.
Competitors traveling to the 2017 National Dressage Pony Cup Championship Show from across the country will pursue $15,000 in prize money and a stunning array of awards in open, adult amateur, and junior/young rider divisions as well as special high-point, musical freestyle, and breed awards, showing off their pony power at all levels of competition from walk/trot at Intro to piaffe/passage at the Grand Prix level. In addition, oversize ponies/small horses registered with specific breed organizations will also be eligible for NDPC awards to recognize their achievements in the dressage ring (see www.dressageponycup.com for more information).
Pony breeders, owners and competitors will also see the return of two special features to showcase and encourage the breeding and development of talented pony athletes in this country. First, the NDPC Breed Shows (held as part of the KDA Breed Shows I and II) will offer a full range of classes for ponies from current-year foals to materiale along with Individual Breed Classes (IBC). Secondly, the second-annual NDPC Young Pony Futurity will once again be held for four, five, and six-year-old ponies competing at Training, First, and Second Level (respectively) and includes lucrative prize money and special U.S.-bred pony awards.
“Since we started the Pony Cup in 2007, we’ve approached every year as an opportunity to improve upon the previous edition, and 2017 is no exception,” said NDPC founder Jenny Carol. “Making the move last year to partner with KDA allowed us to incorporate new dimensions into the show, which made 2016 a tremendous success. We have even more exciting developments and improvements on tap for this year, and judging from the level of enthusiasm and number of registrations and entries we’ve received already, this summer’s event will be the best yet.”
Hurry! The closing date for entries for the 2017 National Dressage Pony Cup Championship Show is June 21st. To view the prize list, review eligibility requirements and submit your entry, visit www.dressageponycup.com and www.showsecretary.com.
PHOTO CAPTION & CREDIT: Entries are now open for the 2017 National Dressage Pony Cup Championship Show, which will return to Lexington, Ky. in July. Photo by John Borys Photography.