Karen Pavicic Wins FEI Grand Prix Dressage Freestyle at International Omaha Leads Another Canadian Sweep of Top Two Places

Written by International Omaha Press - In Dressage - Saturday, May 7, 2016

Karen Pavicic and Don Daiquiri (c)SusanjStickle.com

Karen Pavicic led another Canadian sweep of the top two places, winning the Borsheims FEI CDI4* Grand Prix Dressage Freestyle at the fifth annual International Omaha. Pavicic and her 14-year-old, Oldenburg gelding won for the second straight night in the first International Equestrian Federation (FEI) approved CDI 4* Dressage competition being held at Omaha along with its CSI 3* Jumping competition.

International Omaha is produced by the Omaha Equestrian Foundation (OEF) and runs May 5-7 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska, site of the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final and the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final. Pavicic claimed the win with a score of 73.11 from the five-judge panel of Janet Foy (USA), Gary Rockwell (USA), Christof Umbach (LUX), Ulrike Nivelle (GER) and Cara Whitham (CAN).

"I felt that he had more energy tonight," said Pavicic who represented Canada at the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. "I like to have fun with the freestyle and I use modern music. I'm really very happy with how he performed.

"I want to thank (Omaha Equestrian Foundation Chairman) Lisa Roskens who had the vision for the World Cup coming here and for this event," Pavicic continued. "They've really done a fantastic job and I look forward to the World Cup next year because it's going to be incredible!"

Placing second for the second straight night was two-time Olympic veteran Jacqueline Brooks who finished with a score of 71.20 on D Niro, a 17-year-old, Swedish-bred gelding owned by Mary Brooks and Brookhaven Dressage. Brooks felt that her horse really bounced back after being affected by the large arena and electric atmosphere in the previous night's Grand Prix. "He was kind of overwhelmed last night but his legs kept doing what they were supposed to do," she said. "Tonight I think he really showed what he has become and I am so proud of him."

Finishing third was Lauren Sprieser of Marshall, VA with a score of 69.73 seconds on her own Ellegria, a 15-year-old, Westphalian mare. "I've had her since she was five and we are new to this level," Sprieser said. "What I'm so proud of is that last night, with her heart pounding, she still rode mistake-free and tonight she was so much better. I am so very lucky to have her!"Karen Pavicic and Don Daiquiri receive awards (c)SusanjStickle.com

Full results are available at the International Omaha website at www.internationalomaha.com.

The International Omaha culminates Saturday with the Burlington Capital Group Grand Prix Jumping at 7:00 P.M.

In addition to watching the top international horses and riders, spectators are being treated to a variety of entertainment presentations, interactive activities and shopping opportunities in the Lexus Boutique and Expo Area that make the International Omaha a total equestrian experience for all ages and fun for the whole family. There is no admission charge for those attending daytime competition, exhibits, shopping booths and other entertainment, and special exhibitions, music, food and drink will be featured throughout the day. For information about purchasing tickets or a VIP hospitality package for the evening performances, featuring the Omaha Steaks opening ceremonies followed by the pinnacle evening competitions, visit www.InternationalOmaha.com.

For evening performances, International Omaha tickets are available online through Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets also may be purchased in person at the CenturyLink Center Omaha Box Office.

About the Omaha Equestrian Foundation
The Omaha Equestrian Foundation (OEF) is a certified 501(c)(3) not-for-profit foundation.
The focus of the foundation is to foster and develop international caliber athletes within the equestrian sport as well as supporting and educating the community. Since 2013, The Omaha Equestrian Foundation has donated tickets to local charities and created field trips for over 1,000 elementary school students, veterans and local military families.

For more information about the Omaha Equestrian Foundation, visit www.OmahaEquestrian.com or call 402-444-1630.

About the FEI World Cup™ Finals
First held in 1986, the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final features the world's best dressage horses and riders. A total of 31 Finals have been held through 2016, and the United States has won the championship twice - in 2003 (Debbie McDonald with Brentina) and 2009 (Steffen Peters with Ravel). The Final has been held in the U.S. in Los Angeles (1995) and Las Vegas (2005, 2007, 2009, 2015).

Started in 1979, the FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final is an annual international showdown among the world's best show jumping horses and riders. In the 38 Finals held through 2016, Germany (10) and the United States (9) have emerged with the most titles. Previous FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals held in the United States include Baltimore (1980), Tampa (1989), Del Mar, CA (1992) and Las Vegas (2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2015).