National Dressage Pony Cup

and Small Horse Championships
July 20-21, 2018

Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Illinois


  • The National Dressage Pony Cup and Small Horse Championships is a two-day competition.
  • Ponies and Small Horses may compete in more than one consecutive level, but no more than two consecutive levels, even with more than one rider.
  • Ponies and Small Horses may not compete in more than three tests per day for National Level tests, or two tests per day for FEI level tests.
  • The two highest tests of each level are competed during the competition.
  • Ponies compete in height restricted classes.
  • Small Horses will compete in classes with horses over 16hh, but will be separated into a Small Horse Division for class ribbons and awards.
  • Each Pony or Small Horse/Rider combination must ride a designated test each day at the level they are competing to be eligible for prizes:

Introductory Level Test B
Introductory Level Test C
TrainingTraining Level Test 2Training Level Test 3
FirstFirst Level Test 2First Level Test 3
SecondSecond Level Test 2Second Level Test 3
ThirdThird Level Test 2Third Level Test 3
FourthFourth Level Test 2Fourth Level Test 3
FEI Pony TestFEI Team TestFEI Individual Test

  • FEI Prix St Georges, Intermediate-1, Intermediate-2, and Grand Prix competitors will ride their test of choice each day to qualify for prizes.
  • FEI tests must be the same test each day, with the exception of the FEI Pony Tests.
  • Eligible tests may be used as USDF qualifiers for an additional fee. 
  • Readers are permitted Introductory through Fourth Level.
  • Whips are allowed per USEF rules.

  • All Pony and Small Horse/Rider combinations must be current members of the NDPC, and have USEF Pony Measurement or NDPC Small Horse Measurement Forms completed and submitted by the start of the competition on Friday.
  • Ponies, Small Horses, Riders, and Owners must be current members of USDF (or pay a non-member fee).  Introductory riders are not required to be members. 
  • Ponies, Small Horses, Riders, and Owners must be current members of USEF (or pay a non-member fee).
  • There are NO QUALIFYING SCORES necessary to enter.

  • Ponies over 3 years of age must have a current USEF Pony Measurement Card. 
  • Small Horses over 3 years of age must have a current NDPC Small Horse Measurement Form submitted to the NDPC.
  • Ponies 8 years and older will receive a permanent card.  Ponies under 8 will receive a yearly/temporary card. 
  • Small Horses 8 years and older will be considered permanently measured. Small Horses under 8 have a temporary measurement status, and must submit a new NDPC measurement form each year.
  • Ponies without a current USEF Pony Measurement Card must be measured before their first ride. 
  • Small Horses without a current NDPC Small Horse Measurement must be measured before their first ride.
  • Pony and Small Horse measurements will be available to competitors at the Annual Show, prior to the show.
  • Please specify that you need your Pony or Small Horse measured on your entry form and the Show Secretary will assign you a measurement time on Thursday prior to the show.
  • The show TD will provide pony competitors the USEF Pony measurement forms. DO NOT print them and bring them with you.
  • NDPC measurement forms will be provided at the time of measurement to Small Horse competitors.
  • Ponies and Small Horses are to be presented in a halter with bridle number attached. Handler must be at least 18.
  • Ponies will be jogged in front of the show veterinarian.
  • Small Horses will not need to be jogged, only measured.
  • Owners must be current members of USEF in order to receive a USEF Pony Measurement Card.
  • All measurement rules and requirements are governed by USEF for ponies, and by NDPC for Small Horses.

  • Only one Musical Freestyle Test is required to qualify for prizes. 
  • Musical Freestyle Tests may be ridden on either Friday or Saturday, or may be ridden both days. 
  • If a Musical Freestyle Test is ridden more than once, the scores will be averaged.
  • Musical Freestyle Champion and Reserve will be calculated using a weighted scale per level. (See chart in the Breed Awards)
  • Champion and Reserve Neck Sashes for Open, AA, Junior (under 16) and YR (17-21) will be awarded.

  • If a Pony or Small Horse/Rider combination was Champion at Introductory through Fourth Level at the NDPC Annual Show previously, the same Small Horse or Pony/Rider combination must compete at a higher level the following year to be eligible for awards. They may still compete at the same level, but will not be eligible for awards. This refers only to Champions. Ponies with a different rider, or riders with a different pony, are still eligible.
  • Scores from Friday's and Saturday's tests are averaged. Ribbons for Open, AA, Junior (under 16) and YR (17-21), First through Sixth Place will be awarded each day.
  • Pony and Small Horse Champion & Reserve Champion through Sixth Place Neck Sashes will be awarded for Open, AA, Junior (under 16) and YR (17-21) divisions at all levels. 

  • The highest score for a ridden test on Friday or Saturday (excluding Musical Freestyle) will be used to determine results for Open, AA, Junior (under 16) and YR (17-21) High Point Rider Awards.
  • High Point and Reserve High Point will be awarded in each division.

  • The Breed Award celebrates the diversity of Ponies and Small Horses represented each year at The National Dressage Pony Cup and Small Horse Championship. 
  • The top two tests of the level are used for eligibility. Scores from Friday and Saturday will count (Musical Freestyle scores are not eligible). No additional classes need to be entered.
  • All breeds of Ponies and Small Horses are eligible to compete.
  • There is a Breed Award for all measured Ponies and Small Horses that do not belong to a registry: The Grade Pony/Small Horse Award.
  • Breed Awards for Ponies/Small Horses whose registries have sponsored include a neck sash and a choice of: a custom-sized embroidered wool cooler, a custom-sized embroidered mesh scrim sheet, or an embroidered Stall Banner.
  • Ponies and Small Horses whose breed registries did not sponsor their Breed Award will receive a neck sash from the NDPC.
  • Registration papers must be sent in with entries, or presented to the Pony Cup Show Office before competition begins on Friday.
  • If no breed is declared, the Pony or Small Horse will compete for the Grade Breed Award.
  • Degree of difficulty points will be added to the average scores to determine the Breed Award Champions.

Points Added
FEI Test of Choice12
FEI Pony Test
(Jr Riders 12-16)


The Haflinger with the highest single score (with degree of difficulty points added) over both days will receive this award. There are no height requirements for this award. Breed papers must be submitted.


The Fjord with the highest single score (with degree of difficulty points added) over both days will receive this award.  There are no height requirements for this award.  Breed papers must be submitted.

Annual Show