Well we tried.
Sadly, due to lack of attendance we have no alternative but to cancel our premiere event at Casa Loma. This event was to help C-DAAP raise valuable funds needed to support our high performance Canadian Dressage Team in 2016.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people that so generously gave of their time and supported the Gala: Denise Millen, David Kinzinger, Carmela Larocca, Eva Thibidout and Timothy Higashi. All of these people worked tirelessly on this Gala for the last few months and I am truly grateful.
To all of the people who so generously supported C-DAAP by buying a ticket…..thank you for all of your support and we are sorry we couldn’t rally more interest in this event if you ordered your tickets online, you will be reimbursed through your credit card in the next few days. For those of you who purchased tickets offline, a separate email will be sent to you to make arrangements for reimbursement.
Lastly, I would like to thank my husband Vel who has generously covered 100% of all of the deposit monies we paid and forfeited due to the cancellation of the event.
The Canadian Dressage Athlete Assistance Program (C-DAAP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and advancing Canada’s dressage riders. The program raises money to help high-level athletes be the best that they can be.
100% of the net proceeds from all C-DAAP events go directly to the riders to help off-set training, competition and educational expenses incurred during the athlete’s quest for excellence, enabling them to compete nationally and internationally. Over $130,000 has been awarded to 7 riders in the last year.
Karen Pavicic raises $3,000 for Canadian Dressage Athlete Assistance Program (C-DAAP)
Toronto, Canada (September 22, 2015) — After Grand Prix dressage rider Karen Pavicic received funds two years in a row from the Canadian Dressage Athlete Assistance Program (C-DAAP) to represent her country in international dressage competitions, she put her efforts into hosting an extremely successful fundraiser to give back to C-DAAP. Her “give back” fundraiser, hosted at the end of this summer at the High Point Equestrian Club in Langley, BC, Canada, raised $3,000 for C-DAAP. Pavicic is proud to be a part of promoting the advancement of Canadian dressage in the world rankings through C-DAAP.
The “give back” fundraiser included wine samplings by La Viex Pin and Swirl Wines, accompanied by samplings from Roses Shortbread. Guests enjoyed a Grand Prix Freestyle by Shelley Lawder and her horse, Lotus, to the Brazilian arrangements of Karen Robinson of Applause Dressage Freestyle Design in honor of the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A generously supported silent auction included Pavicic herself donating a dressage lesson, as well as coveted prizes from sponsors like Equinety XL, Comfort Equestrian and BR, Asmar Equestrian, The Gaitpost Magazine, Bates Saddlery, Equipe Saddlery and Saddle Solutions, Bell Wether Nutrients, and High Point Equestrian.
The event also brought equestrians together for a visual feast of equestrian fine art by Shannon Lawlor, Catherine Traynor, and Melissa Lise Burgher.
“The fundraiser was very successful,” said Pavicic. “There was a large turnout and great promotion for C-DAAP, and for dressage in Canada. I enjoyed seeing everyone who attended, many whom I had not seen in some time. I especially enjoyed commentating for the Grand Prix Freestyle and then working with Shelley and Lotus afterwards.”
In August, Pavicic was named one of six Canadian dressage athletes to receive financial support this year from the Canadian Dressage Athlete Assistance Program after declaring for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. C-DAAP was created in 2012 to advance Canadian dressage in world rankings, and awarded Pavicic funds to help her prepare to qualify for the 2016 Olympics with her Oldenburg gelding, Don Daiquiri.
“C-DAAP funding opened amazing opportunities for me,” said the Grand Prix rider. “Canadian high performance dressage athletes are very fortunate to have this program available, and I have been truly fortunate to have had C-DAAP’s support. The funds have helped enable me to pursue my goals. C-DAAP is the first to offer this type of support to high performance dressage athletes in Canada.”
Since 2012, C-DAAP has awarded $210,000 to help Canada’s high performance dressage athletes offset the costs of training and competing, and has taken a step further to promote the sport by asking riders who receive funds from the C-DAAP program to host a “Give Back” event. Past recipients Jamie Irwin and Jacquie Brooks have supported “Give Back” C-DAAP programs, and last year’s recipients, Chris Von Martels, Britney Fraser, Megan Lane, and Belinda Trussell, are planning future events.
Deborah Kinzinger, founder and chairman of C-DAAP, added, “Karen and the good folks at High Point Equestrian need to be commended for the extraordinary effort they put in to making the ‘Give Back’ program such a wonderful success for C-DAAP. They did an incredible job working together with all of their sponsors and supporters to raise much-needed funds for C-DAAP. Karen, as a C-DAAP fund recipient, exemplifies how working together for the good of our sport is just how you ‘give back.’”
Pavicic and Don Daiquiri have been invited to compete at the Central Park Horse Show in New York in September before heading to the Dressage at Devon CDI-W in October, and then Florida to prepare for the Adequan Global Dressage Festival winter series. “Both Devon and the Global Dressage Festival,” Pavicic said, “are qualifiers for the Olympic Games in Rio.”
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C-DAAP Award Recipient Karen Pavicic Gives Back
Toronto, Canada (August 25, 2015) - Earlier this month, Karen Pavicic was named one of six Canadian dressage athletes to receive financial support from the Canadian Dressage Athlete Assistance Program (C-DAAP) as she declares for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. C-DAAP, which was created in 2012 to promote the advancement of Canadian dressage in the world rankings, awarded Pavicic funds to help her prepare to qualify for the Olympics with her Oldenburg gelding Don Daiquiri. Pavicic also received funds from C-DAAP last year, which enabled her to further her skills and international presence in dressage.
“It is an incredible honor to have been selected for additional funds from C-DAAP,” said Pavicic. “The expenses to travel and compete at the International levels are extremely high, and I am grateful for the support from C-DAAP to help offset some of these costs.”
Last summer, Pavicic trained in Europe and competed at the World Equestrian Games in France with C-DAAP funds. “C-DAAP funding opened up amazing opportunities for me that I otherwise would not have had,” said the Grand Prix rider. “Because of the generosity of C-DAAP, I had the opportunity to travel to Florida and then to Europe to compete and obtain qualifying scores to represent Canada at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in France.”
Since 2012, C-DAAP has awarded $210,000 to help Canada’s high performance dressage athletes offset the costs of training and competing. The organization takes a step even further than funding to promote the sport of dressage— any rider who receives funds from the C-DAAP program is asked to host a “Give Back” event. Past recipients Jamie Irwin and Jacquie Brooks all supported the “Give Back” portion of the C-DAAP program, and last year’s recipients, Chris Von Martels, Britney Fraser, Megan Lane, and Belinda Trussell, are all working on upcoming events.
To give back to C-DAAP for funding her 2015 European tour, Pavicic hosted a clinic at the beautiful High Point Equestrian Club in Langley, BC, which generously donated its facilities for the event. Pavicic will also be hosting a fundraiser on Thursday, August 27, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the High Point Equestrian Club. Partial proceeds will be donated to C-DAAP.
Pavicic’s “Give Back” fundraiser will include a wine sampling, silent auction, and Grand Prix Freestyle demonstration. The wine tasting will be sponsored by La Viex Pin and Swirl Wines. Sponsors and donors for the silent auction include Equinety XL, Comfort Equestrian and BR, Asmar Equestrian, The Gaitpost Magazine, Bates Saddlery, Equipe Saddlery and Saddle Solutions, Bell Wether Nutrients, and High Point Equestrian. Pavicic herself has also donated a dressage lesson to auction. The Grand Prix Freestyle demonstration will be performed by Shelley Lawder and her horse Lotus to Brazilian themed music in honor of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The music was arranged by Karen Robinson from Applause Dressage Freestyle Design.
Deborah Kinzinger, founder and chairman of C-AAP, is proud of the work that Pavicic and other past award recipients have put into making C-DAAP a continued success. “Karen is not only one of our top Canadian dressage riders, she is truly a wonderful Ambassador for our sport,” said Kinzinger. “She, like several top Canadian riders before her, have not only used the funds to benefit their goal to compete with the best in the world, but also truly exemplify the purpose of the program I created by supporting the C-DAAP ‘Give Back’ program. Banding our top Canadian Dressage riders together to help other up and coming riders reach their potential to compete at the top of this sport is why this program is so successful.”
Pavicic says that she and her Grand Prix mount Don Daiquiri have plenty of training and competition ahead of them in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games. “We had the privilege of receiving an invitation to the Central Park Horse Show in New York in September again this year to compete against some of the best horses and riders in the world!” she enthused. “We will then be competing at the Dressage at Devon CDI-W in October before heading down to Florida to prepare for the Adequan Global Dressage Festival winter series. These competitions will be qualifiers for the Olympic Games in Rio.”
C-DAAP Announces Rider Recipients for Latest Funding
Toronto, Canada (August 18, 2015) — Six of the Canadian dressage athletes declaring for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will be backed by the moral support of their country and the financial support of the Canadian Dressage Athlete Assistance Program (C-DAAP). To promote the advancement of Canadian dressage in the world rankings, C-DAAP has awarded Canada’s high-performance dressage athletes with over $210,000 since 2012. This summer, a record number of riders applied for the total of $80,000 (with a maximum of $20,000 to be awarded to any one rider) that C-DAAP offered. After careful consideration by the C-DAAP Advisory Council, the following combinations were chosen to receive funding to train for and compete in the 2016 Olympics:
Belinda Trussell with Anton, Megan Lane with Caravella, Karen Pavicic with Don Daiquiri, Jacqueline Brooks with D’Niro, Christilot Boylen with Drentano, and Brittany Fraser with All In.
Funding criteria for 2015/2016 outlined that applicants must be Grand Prix riders declaring to ride for Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games, and must have competed at the Grand Prix level of CDI 3* and above within the last two years. Applicants were required to submit a one page Letter of Intent indicating their intention to declare for the Olympics in Rio and outlining their requirement for funds, their business plan, and the amount of funds they require. Each applicant could apply as only one rider/horse combination.
Congratulations go to all six of the grant recipients. C-DAAP is excited to watch these riders as they attempt to qualify for Rio, and to be with them every stride of the way.
The Canadian Dressage Athlete Assistance Program relies on the support of individuals and corporate sponsors to make this source of funding possible for Canada’s high-performance dressage athletes. The organization awards 100% of all funding to riders. For more information about C-DAAP and to find out how you can help, visit www.cdaap.ca and view C-DAAP’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CanadianDressageAAP.
Photo: Belinda Trussell and Anton are one of the six horse-and-rider combinations chosen to receive funding from the
Canadian Dressage Athlete Assistance Program (C-DAAP) to train for and compete in the 2016 Olympics
(Photo courtesy of CLiXPhoto.com)
Dear Rider Applicants,
There are only a few days remaining to get your applications in for the 2015 C-DAAP funding. July 31st, 2015 midnight EST is the cut-off!
Please ensure your application package is sent to:
CDAAP@Butternutridge.ca or by courier to 175 Nuggett Court, Brampton, Ontario Canada L6T5H4.
You will be sent notification by email when your application has been received.
All applications will be sent to the C-DAAP Advisory Council for review and successful applicants will be notified by August 17th, 2015.
C-DAAP Congratulates Canada’s Pan American Games
Dressage Team on Team Silver and Individual Bronze Medal
Canadian Dressage Athlete Assistance Program Supports Canadian Dressage Riders Aiming for 2016 Olympics
Toronto, Canada (June 26, 2015)— Canada’s dressage talent is highly competitive, and the country’s top dressage riders are known for their international successes. Canadian high-level dressage athletes put 100 percent of their efforts into improving their skills and scores and developing winning relationships with their horses. The riders themselves aren’t the only ones who are so dedicated to Canadian dressage that they give their all to make it successful— the Canadian Dressage Athlete Assistance Program (C-DAAP) also gives 100 percent of its net proceeds from all fundraising events to riders. The organization is completely dedicated to raising funds to help Canada’s dressage athletes offset the costs of training and competing. In just the past two years, over $130,000 was awarded to riders with another $80,000 planned to be given this summer. With the help of C-DAAP, Canadian dressage is quickly taking a stand as a formidable global competitor as all four of its 2015 Pan American Games Dressage Team members have received support from C-DAAP in the past.
The Canadian Dressage Athlete Assistance Program Advisory Council was recently formed to assist in setting criteria for recipients and dispersing the funds. The Council includes highly respected members of the dressage community, such as Nancy MacLachlan, David Marcus, Nancy Olson, Chris Von Martels, and Victoria Winter, with Deborah Kinzinger Miculinic serving as the chair of the committee. Miculinic is the owner of two of the Grand Prix horses that David Marcus rides, including Chrevi’s Capital, Marcus’ mount in the 2012 London Olympic Games.
“My vision of developing C-DAAP into a national program and providing hardworking Canadian dressage riders with the financial support that they need to make it to the top of their sport is finally coming together,” Miculinic said. “With the support of our generous donors like Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals and countless volunteers, we know we are making a difference.” Omega Alpha’s sponsorship of C-DAAP has included donating over $15,000 to the cause in recent times.
The Canadian Dressage Athlete Assistance Program relies on the support of individuals and corporate sponsors to make this important source of funding possible. “C-DAAP depends on the generous support of organizations like Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals for financial support, as well as product donation to our fundraisers,” Miculinic explained. “Without these generous sponsors, we would not be able to support the riders to the extent that we do.”
The funding criteria for 2015/2016 have been established with guidelines available at www.cdaap.ca. The deadline for applications is July 31 and recipients will be announced on August 17. Grand Prix riders declaring to ride for Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, are invited to apply if they meet all criteria. The applicant must be a Canadian rider who has competed at the Grand Prix level of CDI 3* and above within the last two years.
For more information about C-DAAP, visit www.cdaap.ca and view C-DAAP’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CanadianDressageAAP.