American Dressage Ponies Showcased at the National Pony Cup
"So often Jenny and I hear about breed stereotypes within ponies and it creates huge breaks between people," said Kuck. "But this show gave people a chance to compete and unite on equal footing."
"The quality of competition here was amazing," said Behrens. "It was unexpected, and inspiring to find that ponies can go to the FEI levels."
Kolstad concurred, "This is a great venue, and my only regret was I didn't bring more ponies."
First timers and experienced competitors alike were treated to a top-notch venue, from the venue and it's management to awards.
"We couldn't have done it without our sponsors, namely MetalQuest, Shiloh Farm, Fox Creek Farm, Longview Farm, The Paisley Pony, United States Pony Club, and many other farms and breed associations who are greatly appreciated. " said the dynamic duo. "We can't thank them enough for making this first show a wild success."
Continuing on this year's success, the National Pony Cup is planning to expand. Plans are in the works to add a diverse list of classes over the coming years and expand the show's reputation to make it an 'it' venue for pony riders, trainers, breeders and enthusiasts.
"Eventually we want to be a stand-alone venue with the same feel as the USEF Pony Finals, but with an international draw," said Carol. "We believe in this and people are believing, and together we can do it. It was great seeing such a variety of ponies that are excelling at the sport and attracting so much attention."