National Dressage Pony Cup
and Small Horse Championships
July 18-21, 2019
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 and Small Horses compete in height restricted classes.
- 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||Introductory Level Test B||Introductory Level Test C|
|Training||Training Level Test 2||Training Level Test 3|
|First||First Level Test 2||First Level Test 3|
|Second||Second Level Test 2||Second Level Test 3|
|Third||Third Level Test 2||Third Level Test 3|
|Fourth||Fourth Level Test 2||Fourth Level Test 3|
|FEI Pony Test||FEI Team Test||FEI Individual Test|
|FEI Test of Choice (TOC) **||FEI Test of Choice (TOC) **|
** The same FEI test (PSG, Intermediate I, Intermediate II, or Grand Prix) must be ridden each day
- 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.
- The NDPC considers competitors to be Junior Riders at age 16 and under. Competitors are considered Young Riders from ages 17 to 21. To determine which division a rider is in, the NDPC uses the rider’s age as of January 1 of the current competition season.
- 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.
MEASUREMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR PONIES AND SMALL HORSES
- Membership and proof of measurement must be submitted to the NDPC before the start of competition on Friday. The original measurement form, or a scanned copy of the original form, may be submitted as proof of measurement.
- Pony and Small Horse measurements will be available to competitors on Thursday. 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.
- A Small Horse, as designated by the National Dressage Pony Cup, is any breed of horse or pony that measures taller than a pony, but less than 16hh with shoes. The official NDPC range is more than 149cm, to less than 163cm with shoes.
- 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 prior to the start of competition.
- 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. Small Horses may be measured by a licensed, practicing veterinarian who is required to sign and verify the measurement. Or, if measured at the Annual Show, the individual(s) approved by the NDPC.
- 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 Young Rider (17-21) will be awarded.
PONY CUP AWARDS
- 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.
- Each day, First through Sixth Place ribbons will be awarded for Open, AA, Junior (under 16) and Young Rider (17-21) divisions at each level, for Ponies and Small Horses.
- Scores from Friday’s and Saturday’s tests are averaged. Pony and Small Horse Champion & Reserve Champion through Sixth Place neck sashes will be awarded for Open, AA, Junior (under 16) and Young Rider (17-21) divisions at all levels.
HIGH POINT RIDER AWARDS
- 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 Young Rider (17-21) High Point Rider Awards.
- High Point and Reserve High Point will be awarded in each division.
BREED AWARDS FOR PONIES AND SMALL HORSES
- The Breed Award celebrates the diversity of Ponies and Small Horses represented each year at The National Dressage Pony Cup and Small Horse Championships.
- 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 Breed 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.
|FEI Test of Choice||12|
|FEI Pony Test|
(Jr Riders 12-16)
RACHEL KING PERPETUAL TROPHY AND AWARD
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.
NEIL SORUM PERPETUAL TROPHY AND AWARD
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.
POWER PLAY PERPETUAL TROPHY AND AWARD
The Arabian Pony with the highest single score (with degree of difficulty points added) over both days will receive this award. Freestyle scores are included. Must be a Pony and registered with the Arabian Horse Association (AHA). Breed papers must be submitted.