Results Deciding Canada’s 2nd Olympic Dressage Entry Not to be Changed–Equestrian Canada Reports
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July 22, 2016
By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
The FEI–International Equestrian Federation–will not change results of the Cedar Valley, Ontario CDI3* Grand Prix as sought by Karen Pavicic who lost out to Megan Lane on Caravella to fill Canada’s second individual spot at the Olympic Games in about two weeks, according to Equestrian Canada.
However, the status of Elizabeth McMullen, a top ranked 5* judge and a Canadian who was president of the ground jury at the event, is reported by FEI sources to be still under consideration as a result of Karen providing information at the request of the FEI.
Karen of Surrey, British Columbia with Don Daiquiri was second behind Belinda Trussell and Anton on the Canadian Olympic rankings before the Cedar Valley competition. There, Megan and Caravella were awarded a personal best score that moved the 2014 World and 2015 Pan American Games combination into the second slot. Karen flew to Europe with her horse in an unsuccessful attempt to restore their standing ahead of Canada’s July 3 qualifying deadline.
“The FEI Dressage committee,” an Equestrian Canada spokesperson told dressage-news.com, “following an analysis of the scoring and a review of the reports and the facts, unanimously recommended that the original results stand as there is insufficient grounds for either annulling or changing the results.”
Equestrian Canada submitted to the FEI the names of Belinda on Anton and Megan on Caravella as definite entries by the official Olympic deadline at the start of this week.
Elizabeth McMullen, who is 69 years old and a year from mandatory retirement unless the rule is altered or she is given an extension, was alleged to have made remarks at the Cedar Valley show that were considered inappropriate.
The foreign judge on the ground jury was Stephen Clarke of Great Britain, the FEI Judge General.
The FEI Dressage Committee was reported to still have her status under review.
She is scheduled to judge at the World Young Horse Championships in Ermelo, Netherlands next week and has been named by the FEI as technical director at the World Cup Finals of dressage and jumping in Omaha, Nebraska next March.
In recent years, she has been invited by competition organizers to judge at only a small number of shows in North America. On the schedule of 23 CDIs in the United States and Canada in 2016, she judged at Rancho Murieta, California in April, Cedar Valley in June and was scheduled to be on the ground jury at a CDI3* in Saugerties, New York Aug. 18-21.
She is understood to not be under consideration to be invited to the seven CDIs at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida next winter or CDIs at the companion Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina.