Dreams Come True at the National Pony Cup

Eleven-year-old Olivia Brown celebrates her First Level 16 & Under victory aboard Balthazar at the 2017 National Dressage Pony Cup Championship Show.

Eleven-year-old Olivia Brown celebrates her First Level 16 & Under victory aboard Balthazar at the 2017 National Dressage Pony Cup Championship Show. (Photo: Jennifer M. Keeler)

At just 11 years old, Olivia Brown of Charlotte, N.C. rode with composure well beyond her years as she and her Belgian Riding Pony and former hunter Balthazar earned the highest overall average of 68.810% in the First Level 16 & Under championship at the National Dressage Pony Cup.

In the 17-21 age group, Gillian Kingsbury of Raleigh, N.C. rode her half-Arabian mare Halle Berry MC to claim not only the First Level title, but also the championship for Second Level with average scores of 62.909% and 61.143%, respectively. Meanwhile, Caitlyn Massey of Arlington, Tenn. proved to be unbeatable in the Second Level 16 & Under ranks with her Welsh cross mare Zassafrass, earning a two-day average score of 66.709%.

Pony Cup veteran Brynne Varvel of Bloomington, Ind. and her Morgan gelding Big Indian Creek proved to be the victors in the Third Level 17-21 division with their average score of 60.513%. Suzannah Rogers’ saving money from odd jobs and working on her family’s farm in order to come to the Pony Cup all paid off as she takes the FEI Pony championship home to Nesmith, S.C. thanks to an average score of 61.235% earned aboard her Haflinger gelding Adrenaline Rush SBF. One of the most decorated junior/young riders of the weekend was Hannah Irons of Queenstown, Md. who rode her draft cross gelding My Lucky Charm to earn two championship titles, first in the FEI Test of Choice Junior/Young Rider division with an average score of 61.579% for two Prix St. Georges rides, as well as in the Musical Freestyle Junior/Young Rider ranks.

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.




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