Omaha, Neb. – May 5, 2016 – The first CDI4* ever held as part of the International Omaha horse show in Omaha, Nebraska, drew a field of nine combinations representing three countries. The United States’ northern neighbor won out as Karen Pavicic rode off with the Grand Prix victory on Don Daiquiri. Pavicic’s fellow countryman Jacqueline Brooks was her closest competitor, taking second place on D Niro.
The CenturyLink Center in Omaha, host of International Omaha, is the site of the 2017 World Cup Finals. In a prelude to the Finals, FEI show jumping and dressage classes share the arena this week.
As well as Brooks, Pavicic fended off six U.S. athletes and one British competitor in the Grand Prix. She and Don Daiquiri, a 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Don Cardinale-Neastate III, Rubinstein I) whom she co-owns with Jayne Essig, earned a score of 67.8 percent from the five-judge panel of Janet Foy (USA), Gary Rockwell (USA), Christof Umbach (LUX), Ulrike Nivelle (GER) and Cara Whitham (CAN).
“I was really pleased with my horse, but not so much with myself,” Pavicic said. “I went off course, which was a costly mistake, but he maintained his composure throughout and was really great.
“I really think this is a fantastic event,” she continued. “The atmosphere was electric and the venue is outstanding. Omaha is such a friendly, welcoming city, and I have no doubt that the World Cup next year is going to be an incredible event!”
Brooks and her 2012 Olympic partner D Niro, a 17-year-old Swedish Warmblood (D-Day-Alitalia, Napoleon 625) owned by Mary Brooks/Brookhaven Dressage Inc., scored a mark of 65.12 percent that wasn’t up to their usual standard but secured them the second place finish. Brooks said her horse was affected by the large arena and the atmosphere.
“He was really scared when he entered the ring,” she explained. “We spent all winter competing outdoors in Florida, and he was definitely affected here tonight. I think he’ll be much better tomorrow night, but overall he was honest throughout his test tonight despite his nerves.”
Finishing third was the United States’ Katie Poag of John Island, South Carolina. She rode her own Zonnekoning, a 12-year-old KWPN stallion (Florett AS-Maraba, Topas) to a score of 64.64 percent.
Competitors return to the CenturyLink Center arena for Friday afternoon’s Grand Prix Freestyle. During the Freestyle, judges and athletes will be testing out the new FEI degree of difficulty program.
Results: International Omaha CDI4*
Grand Prix, sponsored by Borsheims Fine Jewelry and Gifts
1. Don Daiquiri/Karen Pavicic/CAN/67.800%
2. D Niro/Jacqueline M. Brooks/CAN/65.120%
3. Zonnekoning/Katie Poag/USA/64.640%
4. Ellegria/Lauren Sprieser/USA/63.580%
5. Weltdorff/Emily Miles/USA/63.460%
6. Something Special/Adrienne Pot/USA/62.980%
7. Baltazar/Louisa Marcelle-Eadie/GBR/61.980%
8. Pluto VI Andorella/Amanda Johnson/USA/58.920%
9. Tennyson ISF/Suzie Halle/USA/58.700%