“The Pony Cup is special because it gives our ponies their time to shine. There are some really talented and athletic sport ponies out there and it’s great to showcase their abilities as well as their temperaments. Height doesn’t define capability!”
In just two weeks, 27-year-old Micah Deligdish will be one of a multitude of pony enthusiasts hitting the highway to attend the 11th anniversary edition of the National Dressage Pony Cup (NDPC) and Small Horse Championship Show, being held July 20-22 at the picturesque Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Ill.
This year’s Pony Cup has not only found a new home at Lamplight Equestrian Center, but has also expanded to include the first-ever Small Horse Championships as well as offer a dramatic increase in prize money to $25,000. Competitors aboard a wide variety of ponies and small horses will once again pursue the Pony Cup’s famously-stunning array of awards in open, adult amateur, young rider and junior divisions from the Intro Level to Grand Prix, in addition to competing in the NDPC Breed Show and Young Pony Futurity. So far the response has been impressive, with show entries pouring in and memberships in the National Dressage Pony Cup program having doubled from the same time last year.
Deligdish is one of the many competitors excited to be a part of this year’s Pony Cup with her 14.1-hand six-year-old Welsh gelding Wildwynn High Roller, or “Vegas”. The pair will travel all the way from Wellington, Fla. to compete at Third Level and Third Level Freestyle. “Because of my size (4’11”) I have worked with a lot of ponies, and have always wanted to go to Pony Cup but it just never worked out,” Deligdish explained. “After I went to a NDPC Partner Show at White Fences this season and Vegas won his class, I made it a priority to go this year, and I’m really excited to show at Lamplight because it’s a great showground and will be a really fun experience. Even though it’s a quite a drive, we’ve done long trips before and it will enable us to bring everything we need and keep a good watch on Vegas. Plus, the NDPC Ride-Share page on Facebook has been a great tool as it helped us connect with other ponies in the Southeast who need rides.”
There’s still time to be a part of the country’s premier showcase for dressage ponies! But you have to hurry – the closing date for entries for the 2018 National Dressage Pony Cup & Small Horse Championship Show is this Friday, July 6th. To view the prize list, review eligibility requirements, and submit your entry, visit www.dressageponycup.com.