US National Dressage Pony Cup Championship Show Canceled for 2018, Promise to Return with “New and Improved” Event in 2019

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Kathryn Barry and Magnum, 2017 Open champion. © Yellow Horse Marketing

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Feb. 26, 2018–The U.S. National Dressage Pony Cup Championship Show has been canceled for 2018, the organizers announced Monday, but promised to return with “a new and improved” event in 2019.

The championship, inaugurated in 2007, was staged with the Kentucky Dressage Association for the past two years but negotiations fell through to hold this year’s show at the Kentucky Horse Park in July.

The 2017 championships had 114 ponies from 26 states in open, adult amateur and junior/young rider divisions from intro to Grand Prix, as well as special high-point, musical freestyle and breed awards. The program was extended into Canada this year.

“For several years, we’ve tossed around the idea of organizing our own stand-alone event,” said NDPC founder Jenny Carol. “Having so much enthusiasm for our programs is a great problem to have, and so now is the time to take that leap to hosting our own championship show focusing only on ponies and small horses.

“But we also want to do it right, find the perfect venue, and keep it affordable for everyone, so we have decided to take the extra time we feel we need to do that.”