Omaha, Nebraska – May 6, 2016 – Karen Pavicic and Don Daiquiri showed their consistency with a second victory at the International Omaha CDI4*, rising to the top of Friday’s Grand Prix Freestyle. The class was the first time a new computerized system for freestyle judging was used.
Pavicic scored a 73.11 percent with Don Daiquiri, a 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Don Cardinale-Neastate III, Rubinstein I) whom she co-owns with Jayne Essig, to secure the win for her home country of Canada. Judges were 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 rides to an upbeat mix of popular tunes. “I like to have fun with the freestyle. I’m really very happy with how he performed.”
She added, “I want to thank (Omaha Equestrian Foundation Chairman) Lisa Roskens who had the vision for the World Cup coming here and for this event. They’ve really done a fantastic job, and I look forward to the World Cup next year because it’s going to be incredible!”
Fellow Canadian Jacqueline Brooks again took second place on D Niro, earning a score of 71.12 percent. She was pleased that D Niro, known to his many fans as “Goose,” stepped up for the second day of competition after nerves kept him from performing his best in Thursday’s Grand Prix.
“He was kind of overwhelmed last night, but his legs kept doing what they were supposed to do,” Brooks said. “Tonight I think he really showed what he has become, and I am so proud of him.”
Moving up from fourth in the Grand Prix to take third place in the Freestyle was the United States’ Lauren Sprieser and her own Ellegria, who finished just shy of the 70 percent mark with a score of 69.73 percent. Sprieser echoed Brooks’ comments, noting she was happy to see Ellegria take the arena with greater confidence for the Freestyle.
“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,” Sprieser said. “I am so very lucky to have her!”
International Omaha, which includes FEI show jumping competition as well as dressage, is serving as a preview and trial run for the 2017 World Cup Finals, which will also be held at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
Results: International Omaha CDI4*
Grand Prix Freestyle, sponsored by Borsheims Fine Jewelry and Gifts
1. Don Daiquiri/Karen Pavicic/CAN/73.11%
2. D Niro/Jacqueline M. Brooks/CAN/71.12%
3. Ellegria/Lauren Sprieser/USA/69.73%
4. Weltdorff/Emily Miles/USA/69.06%
5. Zonnekoning/Katie Poag/USA/67.97%
6. Something Special/Adrienne Pot/USA/65.47%
7. Baltazar/Louisa Marcelle-Eadie/GBR/63.94%