At the national levels at the National Dressage Pony Cup in Kentucky, Mackenzie Pearl will now return to Maine as the Junior/Young Rider Intro Champion as she swept both Intro Test B and C for a winning overall average of 69.500% with Gabrian McPhail’s Welsh Cob gelding Waterford Baccalaureate. Hometown favorite Skye Marvin of Paris, Ky. also put in a strong performance to hold onto Reserve and the AWS breed award with the American Warmblood gelding Liddle Lord Pippin (67.344%). Placings also remained unchanged from the first day of competition in the Open Intro division, giving Danielle Hebler of Geneva, Ohio an impressive average of 71.250% and the victory with Jill McNicol’s six-year-old Connemara gelding Cool Springs McArthur ahead of Ellen Murphy of Georgetown, Ky. with her pinto gelding Crunch N Munch. For Adult Amateurs, Andrea Eppley (Westfield, Ind.) and her Fjord stallion CH Felles narrowly won the second round of competition, but their score wasn’t quite enough to overtake the first day’s leader in the championship standing, giving Nancy Wentz of Galena, Ohio and her Morgan gelding Kells Xtra Kash the overall victory with an average of 67.188%. “Last year I earned reserve, and I wanted to come back this year and win – and I did!” said Wentz. “Here at the Pony Cup they give the best ribbons ever – they’re huge! And everyone is so accommodating and wonderful – I just love it.”
Killians Red may have been the oldest pony at this year’s National Dressage Pony Cup (22), but the Welsh Cob gelding shows no signs of slowing down. With owner/rider Ginger Gilmore-Childress of Tuscaloosa, Ala., he rebounded from a third-place finish in the first round to win the second day’s Training Level Test 3 and claim the overall Adult Amateur Training Level Championship with 65.105%, just edging out Jody Morse of Stokesdale, N.C. with her Fjord mare NW Mai Regn (64.983%). In the Junior/Young Rider division, Kalie Beckers of Independence, La. coasted to victory as well as the overall Welsh breed award and the JR/YR high point award with Gerlinde Beckers’ eight-year-old Welsh Cob mare Madoc Mari on the strength of an overall average of 73.645%, earned thanks to the highest individual test scores of any pony at this year’s show. The Reserve Championship went to Alayna Stephens of Madison, Ohio with her gelding Gunsmoke (67.264%), who also earned the Gypsy Vanner breed award as well as JR/YR reserve high point honors.
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.