By Kathleen Landwehr, US Equestrian Communications Department
Minden-Kutenhausen, Germany – The U.S. driving athletes competed at the 2017 FEI World Driving Championships for Ponies from August 15-20 under the guidance of Chef d’Equipe Jennifer Matheson and Coach Thorsten Zarembowicz. Katie Whaley finished ninth overall in the FEI World Driving Championships for Pair Ponies. In the FEI World Driving Championships for Single Ponies, Tracey Morgan finished 16th overall and Miranda Cadwell gained valuable experience on the world stage.
Whaley (Paris, Ky.) partnered with her own Tommy, a 2003 Welsh Pony-cross gelding, and Tanner, a 2006 Welsh Pony-cross gelding, and Barbara Sims’s Night Flyer, a 2000 Welsh Section C gelding, to earn a top-10 finish. Whaley and her ponies finished sixth in the dressage phase with a score of 51.20. They showed great determination on a tough marathon track, adding 111.42 penalty points to their overall score and finishing 19th in the phase. Whaley and her ponies tallied 7.52 time penalties in the cones phase to finish 14th in the phase and ninth overall on a score of 170.14.
Morgan (Beallsville, Md.) and her own Fuego 88 scored 53.61 to finish sixth in the dressage phase. They had a solid marathon performance, adding 116.18 penalty points to their score and finishing 27th in the phase. Morgan and the 2001 German Riding Pony gelding added nothing to their overall score in the cones phase by having one of seven double clear rounds in the division. They finished 7th in the cones phase and 16th overall with a score of 169.79.
Cadwell (Southern Pines, N.C.) and Cannon’s Majestic Leyla began the world championship appearance with a score of 65.07 in the dressage phase to finish the phase in 36th place. Cadwell and the 2003 Welsh Cross mare had a strong start in the marathon phase but, unfortunately, they were eliminated when they hit an obstacle at obstacle seven.
Find out more about the 2017 FEI World Driving Championships for Ponies.