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Karen Pavicic Named 2018 Para-Dressage Development Coach of the Year

Source :  with files from Equestrian Canada

The  title  of  2018  Developmental  Coach  of  the  Year  was  awarded  to  Karen  Pavicic of  Surrey,  BC, for her dedication to coaching developing athlete, Laura Hall of Ladysmith, BC.

Karen Pavicic and Laura Hall

Pavicic has ridden for Canada at several major games, and now shares her years of expertise with Hall  as  an  Equestrian  Canada  certified  High  Performance 1  Dressage  Coach  and  National  Coaching Certification Program Level 3 Dressage Coach.

Under Pavicicís watchful eye, Hall earned several top-three placings in 2018, just one year after making her FEI debut. The highlight of Hallís 2018 season was her participation in the 2018 FEI World  Equestrian  Games  Test  Event  CPEDI  3*  in  Mill  Spring,  NC,  with  Wendolin  (Metall  x  Amethist),  her  16-year-old Dutch  Warmblood  mare.

Pavicicís  incredible  coaching  skill  and  enthusiasm  has  bolstered  Hall  in  her  notable  growth,  both  as  an  individual  athlete  and  a  representative of Canada on the world stage.

When not coaching, Karen, who now rides for Croatia, can be seen in the competition ring hersef aboard the handsome Totem. The seven-year-old Hanoverian gelding by the famous Totilas achieved some impressive results during the recent Florida show season. 

 Did You Know?
  •  Karen (aboard Lionheart) was a member of the 2007 Pan American Silver Medal Dressage Team who competed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Karen (aboard Don Daiquiri) represented Canada at the 2014 World Equestrian Games held in Normandy, France.
  • Karen did dressage commentary for the 2018 World Equestrian Games held in Tryon, USA
  • Karen switched to ride for Croatia in 2018
  • Karen got her start in horses as a Pony Clubber, earning her "A" level status.
  • Karen is also a graduate from the Young Riders ranks, where she earned Team Gold and Individual Bronze medals for Canada.

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