Croatia’s Karen Pavicic Rides Canadian-Bred Totem to Victory in Desert Dressage CDI3* Grand Prix in 1st Big Tour Competition

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Karen Pavicic and Totem. File photo. © 2021 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

THERMAL, California, Nov. 19, 2021–Karen Pavicic rode the Canadian-bred Totem to victory in the Desert Dressage CDI3* Grand Prix Friday, the first Big Tour competition for the partnership.

Karen, who rides for Croatia, and the nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding scored 69.391% for the victory.

Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, California and Status Royal OLD placed second on 67.304% with Aaron Janicki of Mount Vernon, Washington on Heron third on 67.087%.

Karen and Totem had previously only competed at international level in Wellington, Florida. The pair’s first international competition was as a six-year-old in 2018. The pair moved up to Small Tour early in 2021 and was competing at Intermediate II by the end of the Global Dressage Festival in March.

Karen, based in Vancouver, Canada and who switched to ride for Croatia instead of Canada four years ago, has owned Totem since a foal bred by Patricia Close of North Gower, Ontario. She shares ownership with her husband, Thomas Baur.

Karen competed Don Daiquiri for Canada at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix

Judges:
Judges: Christof Umbach Elke Ebert Peter Storr Jane Weatherwax Cesar Torrente
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 69.391 CRO Karen Pavicic Totem 69.239 68.913 69.130 70.435 69.239
2. 67.304 USA Jan Ebeling Status Royal OLD 68.587 67.065 65.543 67.609 67.717
3. 67.087 USA Aaron Janicki Heron 66.957 67.935 67.826 67.826 64.891
4. 65.544 USA Missy Gilliland Toledano XXXI 64.348 65.761 66.522 66.087 65.000
5. 63.239 USA Mette Rosencrantz Dzeko 62.609 63.478 63.043 63.696 63.370
6. 58.370 USA Matthew Cunningham Ribery 27 56.522 59.239 58.478 59.457 58.152
7. 58.217 USA Tina Caldwell Lagerfeld K 59.674 60.000 54.457 58.043 58.913
8. 52.739 USA Shannon Peters Disco Inferno 49.891 51.739 52.609 55.326 54.130