Karen Pavicic to Ride for Croatia Instead of Canada

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Karen Pavicic on Don Daiquiri in Europe attempting to earn a start for Canada at the Olympics Games. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Jan. 23, 2018

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

Karen Pavicic, who competed for Canada at the 2014 World Equestrian Games, will ride for Croatia, effective Tuesday.

The change for the 46-year-old rider, who has dual citizenship for both Croatia and Canada, was made in the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) database Tuesday.

“With interest from the Croatian federation in developing the sport of dressage in their country,” Karen told dressage-news.com, “I was asked about the concept of changing sports nationality.

“I am still, and always will be, a proud Canadian; however, this is an opportunity to support the FEI 2020 initiative and have more flags represented at international competitions.”

Croatia currently has no horse and rider combinations on the world rankings.

Karen, who has two children, has been based in South Surrey, British Columbia.

She was a Pony Club “A” graduate and competed on the Canadian team at the North American Young Rider Championships for four consecutive years, earning team gold and individual bronze medals. She made her international debut in 1998.

On Don Daiquiri, an Oldenburg gelding now 16 years old, she competed across the United States and in Europe.

The highlight of the partnership was to compete for Canada at the 2014 World Equestrian Games.

Karen was the center of a controversy in 2016 over an alleged attempt by Canadian judge Elizabeth “Libby” McMullen to manipulate results to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

She took Don Daiquiri to Europe in an unsuccessful last ditch attempt to earn scores to qualify.