All weekend, people stopped to stare every time Klaus Biesenthal’s stunning grey North American Sport Pony stallion Magnum entered the ring, and rider Kathryn Barry of Freeport, Ill. couldn’t have been prouder as they easily claimed the Training Level Open Championship and the NASPR breed award with a dominating average score of 72.623%. “This is my first National Dressage Pony Cup and I can’t wait to come back, hopefully with more ponies!” said Barry. “With the date moving to July this year it actually worked out great for me, and it was a long way but I’m so happy we decided to make the trip. I couldn’t be more thrilled with Magnum – he’s my best friend, and we do everything together. He’s only been to small local shows, so this is the biggest environment he’s ever been in and he’s handled everything wonderfully – I’m just over the moon!” Finishing with Reserve honors was Jessie Hayes of Pittstown, N.J. aboard Lauren Chumley’s five-year-old Fjord mare FMF Liesl (67.509%), which also earned them the Neil Sorum Memorial Award for the highest single score earned by a Fjord.
Barry and Magnum also did well in the First Level Open division but had to settle for second behind another young superstar in Melissa Dowling’s German Riding Pony gelding Nikolas, ridden by Pony Cup veteran Lauren Chumley of Pittstown, N.J. The elegant pair swept both First Level Tests 2 and 3 to win the championship with an overall average of 70.625%. Caitlyn Massey of Arlington, Tenn. and Zassafrass scored a come-from-behind victory in the hard-fought First Level Junior/Young Rider division over Kalie Beckers and Madoc Mari – a win which also earned Zassafrass the coveted Pugsley Award for highest-scoring grade pony (68.759%).
To find out more information about the National Dressage Pony Cup programs and see a complete list of division and breed champions from this year’s competition, visit the NDPC website at www.dressageponycup.com and visit their Facebook page. To view National Dressage Pony Cup championship show information including class results, visit www.showsecretary.com.