In the Training Level Amateur division at the National Dressage Pony Cup, 20 exhibitors representing 13 different states vied for top honors, and it was consistency across both rounds of competition that paid off for Quarter pony Heavens Lil Dually, who carried owner/rider Nancy Foglia of Dallas to the championship win with an average score of 67.614%.
“’Lucy’ came to our barn to be a potential children’s lesson pony,” said Foglia. “But my Oldenburg gelding was too big for me, so when offered the chance to ride Lucy, I did and fell in love! I adore her spunky personality, and want to continue to develop our partnership and let it take us as far as we can go together.” Meanwhile, in a tough field of Training Level Open competitors, Jessie Hayes of Baptistown, N.J. rode Lauren Chumley’s Fjord mare FMF Liesl to the best two-day average score of 67.798% to claim overall Pony Cup championship honors.
She may be entering vet school in the fall, but first Kalie Beckers of Independence, La. returned to the Pony Cup one more time and proved to be unbeatable in the Open First Level division, sweeping both rounds of competition to cruise to victory with an overall average of 70.327% aboard her Welsh Cob mare Madoc Mari. The strength of a huge first-round score carried Kathryn Barry of Freeport, Ill. and Klaus Biesenthal’s North American Sport Pony stallion Magnum to the overall championship victory in the Second Level Open division with 68.351%, but it was a Fjord who stole the show in the Amateur divisions of First and Second Levels as Lori Lamattina of Dayton, Ohio and WW Rudig earned top championship honors in both divisions with two-day average scores of 67.923% and 65.632%, respectively. Meanwhile in the Third Level Amateur class, Katie Hall of Gainesville, Fla. and Mackenzie Krizek’s Arabian gelding VA Vouvray topped both tests in their division to earn overall honors with 61.282%.
To see a complete list of champions from this year’s competition, click HERE. For more information about the National Dressage Pony Cup programs, visit the NDPC website at www.dressageponycup.com and visit their Facebook page. To view National Dressage Pony Cup championship show information including individual class results, visit www.showsecretary.com/2017kda_july.asp.