U.S. 2018 National Dressage Pony Cup Championship Show cancelled

Founders taking time to create a new and improved stand-alone event in 2019

Organizers have announced the cancellation of this summer’s National Dressage Pony Cup Championship Show to allow time for creation of a new and improved stand-alone event in 2019. Photo by Jennifer M. Keeler/Yellow Horse Marketing.

The organizers of the National Dressage Pony Cup (NDPC) Championship Show regret to announce the cancellation of the 2018 event, which was originally scheduled for July at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Founded in 2007, the NDPC Championship Show has enjoyed record-breaking growth and participation in recent years: in 2017 alone, an astounding 114 ponies representing 26 states from coast to coast converged upon Kentucky to pursue $15,000 in prize money and a stunning array of awards 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 across three rings of non-stop competition with world-wide livestreaming via the USEF Network. Last summer’s edition also saw the unveiling of awards for the wildly-popular small horse division for equines standing less than 16 hands in stature.

For the last two years, the NDPC Championship Show has enjoyed a successful partnership with the Kentucky Dressage Association (KDA) Summer Classic I & II competition. However, the continued exponential growth of the NDPC divisions combined with unsuccessful contract negotiations with the KDA made it clear that big changes are now on the horizon for the annual showcase of pony power.

“For several years, we’ve tossed around the idea of organizing our own stand-alone event,” explained 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. While it unfortunately means cancelling this year’s show, we are confident that it will result in even more benefits for our competitors as the 2019 event will be back bigger and better than ever.

“I sincerely apologize to all of our competitors and fans who were looking forward to this year’s event,” Carol continued. But she reminded enthusiasts that the NDPC year-end awards program is still in full swing, and that last year’s roster of more than 100 official NDPC Partner Shows is not only on track to surpass last year’s numbers, but has also  gone international with the recent announcement of expansion into Canadian shows. “Even with our Championship Show taking a year off, there are still plenty of opportunities to show off your ‘pony power’ with our ongoing NDPC programs,” Carol encouraged exhibitors. “Have no doubt, our Championship Show will be back in 2019, and we promise it will be worth the wait!”