On the heels of their First Level Open Championship, Lauren Chumley and Nikolas made it two-for-two as they also claimed the Second Level Open title with an average score of 67.456%, just barely ahead of Chumley’s second mount: Liam Rowe’s Welsh Cob mare Sham’s Chinaberry (67.444%), who also claimed the Open Welsh breed award. “The jump up to Second is tough, and these were [Nikolas’] first tests at this level in a competition environment because we haven’t been showing him a lot in dressage – we actually took him to a horse trial last weekend, and he’s quite the jumper,” said Chumley. “So we entered Second Level here at the National Dressage Pony Cup on a bit of a whim. But by nature he’s very balanced and this ended up being an easy move for him. He’s an incredibly gifted student and he just gets better and better.” For Adult Amateurs, Mandy Robertson of Arlington, Va. rode Caroline Hardie’s Connemara mare Destiny’s Persuit to win their Adult Amateur Second Level division with a two-day average of 63.437% ahead of First Level champions Anna Jaffe and Wynshire’s Aristocrat (62.941%). A strong second day’s performance in Second Level Test 3 pushed Beatrix Leffingwell of Lake Vila, Ill. and her American Sport Pony mare Mariska to an overall winning average of 65.699% in the Junior/Young Rider division, overtaking Bryn Varvel of Bloomington, Ind. with her Morgan gelding V Back in Black (65.166%) who still went home with the Morgan breed award for highest score.
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