Life After Don Daiquiri

What a difference a year makes. In the summer of 2016, Karen Pavicic was rarely out of the international spotlight, riding in Europe’s most prestigious dressage shows, competing in grand prix classes against the top riders in the world, and setting her sights on qualifying for the Rio Olympics. Following the sale of her only grand prix mount in 2017, Don Daiquiri, Karen put away her tailcoat and stepped out of the limelight for the time being to focus on her young horses. And she couldn’t be happier. The native of Richmond, BC, has spent her entire life around horses, growing up on the family farm and first learning to ride from her mother. She credits joining Pony Club at the age of eight with sparking her passion for equestrian sport and introducing her to dressage. At age 11, Karen began working with German-born trainer Dietrich von Hopffgarten, whose lessons…

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