Neue Schule Ambassador, Karen Pavicic, and her top horse, Don Daiquiri, made sure their recent show in the United States was a complete success before heading home to British Columbia, Canada. Pavicic and Don Daiquiri are working towards hopefully becoming one of two individual pairs from Canada who will compete in Rio de Janeiro for the Summer Olympics, and showed off their talent at the inaugural International Omaha Horse Show this past weekend. The Neue Schule Ambassador won both the CDI Grand Prix and the CDI Grand Prix Freestyle presented by Borsheims Fine Jewelry and Gifts.
“The venue was fantastic!” said Pavicic when discussing her first time in Omaha, Nebraska. “I hope I will get to show here again next year.” The Century Link Center in downtown Omaha, which hosted the International Omaha Horse Show, is now gearing up to be home to the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping and FEI Dressage Finals. Competitors like Pavicic took the opportunity this year to get used to the venue during the week of international competition at the newly minted arena.
Pavicic has been a Neue Schule Ambassador since 2014. Neue Schule, distributed in North America by Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, is a company known for making bits that are effective aids in communication between horses and riders while keeping the horses’ welfare and comfort as a top priority. “I have been riding in Neue Schule bits because Don Daiquiri can be a little difficult in the contact. The bits always appealed to me and they have made a real difference in his performance,” she commented.
Omaha was the perfect travel stop for Pavicic and Don Daiquiri, who are making their way home from a winter season in Wellington, Florida to British Columbia for the first time in almost two years. “He traveled really well, and we had a great week,” said the Canadian rider.
“Currently, we are ranked second in Canada, and our last Olympic qualifying event is in Langley (British Columbia). The qualifications go until the beginning of July, and since Canada only has two individual spots for the Olympics, second, third, and fourth place have a tight competition,” Pavicic explained.
Neue Schule believes in providing the best products for horses and riders to have comfortable and strong relationships. The innovative bit company creates bits with horses’ comfort and needs first in mind, understanding that a happy mouth equals a more trainable horse and a confident competitor. The company is looking forward to cheering Pavicic and Don Daiquiri on as they continue to march down the road toward the Rio Olympics. “Our Neue Schule Ambassador team is made up of top professionals who believe in these bits and see the advantages of using them. We are so proud of Karen Pavicic and wish her much continued success,” said Mette Larsen, President of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery.
Neue Schule makes it easy for riders of all disciplines to figure out which bit is best for their horses with educational opportunities such as the online Neue Schule Academy, which teaches about bit design and functionality. Keep up with all of the news and results from Neue Schule Ambassadors, including Karen Pavicic, Steffen Peters, Laura Graves, Kim Severson, and Todd Minikus, by checking in on Neue Schule USA’s Facebook, Instagram, and www.BitByBitUSA.com.
Photo: Neue Schule Ambassador, Karen Pavicic, had a successful show at the International Omaha Horse Show with her Grand Prix horse, Don Daiquiri (Photo courtesy of Chloe Agnew).