FEI Widened Investigation Into Canada’s Cedar Valley Competition

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Karen Pavicic on Don Daiquiri leaving the arena after falling short of getting a score high enough in the Grand Prix Special to earn a start for Canada at the Olympics next month. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Karen Pavicic on Don Daiquiri leaving the arena after falling short of getting a score high enough in the Grand Prix Special to earn a start for Canada at the Olympics next month. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, July 27, 2016–The International Equestrian Federation has widened its investigation into the Cedar Valley CDI following allegations beyond the Olympic qualifying event scores that the governing body of horse sports left unchanged.

The FEI said in a statement that the issue was on the agenda of a Dressage Committee telephone conference Tuesday so an update of the investigation could be provided.

“As communicated to Equestrian Canada, and the athlete Karen Pavicic, the FEI Dressage Committee decided on 15 July 2016, based on the available evidence and judging analysis, that the results of the CDI3* Cedar Valley will stand,” the FEI said.

“The Committee also tasked FEI headquarters to follow up on this matter in a fair and thorough manner, looking into any remaining allegations.

“This follow up is currently ongoing, with due process being followed.”

The “remaining allegations,” according to documents provided to the FEI, include other remarks and actions taken at the show where FEI 5* judge Elizabeth McMullen was accused of bias against Karen Pavicic and Don Daiquiri.

Equestrian Canada named Belinda Trussell and Anton and Megan Lane and Caravella to thw two starting places at the Olympic Games that start in Rio de Janeiro Aug. 5.