Omaha, Nebraska – March 29, 2018 – The Omaha Equestrian Foundation, in partnership with USDF Region 4, is pleased to announce Casey Blum as the recipient of the 2018 Felice Rose Scholarship. Blum will attend the 2018 International Omaha, April 12-15, to train with Pan American Games Silver medalist Karen Pavicic, who led a Canadian sweep of the top two places in the FEI Dressage CDI4* Grand Prix at the 2016 International Omaha.
The Felice Rose Scholarship, sponsored by the Omaha Equestrian Foundation, is a grant awarded to a USDF participating member in good standing and current resident of Region 4. Blum is a USDF Bronze and Silver medalist from Ladd, IL where she trains her own 2010 Dutch Warmblood, Eschaton. Blum is a member of the Nebraska Dressage Association and the Illinois Dressage and Combined Training Association, with a long history as a successful competitor and dedicated volunteer within Region 4. Most recently, Blum and Eschaton were named the 2017 U.S. Dressage Finals Second Level Adult Amateur Champions.
“I am so thrilled to attend the International Omaha because of the 2018 Felice Rose Scholarship. This opportunity will help me to reach my goals by putting me in real life scenarios of competing at a CDI,” said Blum. “It will give me the chance to shadow a high-level dressage competitor and learn how they worked to get to this level, so I can hopefully reach this level of competition someday with my horse. I am very thankful for the Felice Rose Scholarship and Region 4 for allowing me to participate in this type of an event.”
This year’s International Omaha will feature a Dressage Showcase sponsored by the Dressage Foundation, with Olympic dressage team Gold Medalist, Hubertus Schmidt of Germany, to conduct a clinic in the main arena. The highly acclaimed rider, trainer and coach has been described as one of the most prolific trainers in the world, training dozens of horses to Grand Prix level.
Legendary rider, trainer, and clinician, George Morris, will also give a modified clinic as part of the Jumping Showcase in the main arena, instructing some of the Midwest’s best young equitation riders. One of the participants will receive the $1,000 KindredBio Horsemanship Award. Morris will also conduct demonstrations in the Demonstration Arena that will be free to the public.
The four-day event will provide expanded educational opportunities for emerging athletes and young people as well as family fun for all ages. There will be exhibits and demonstrations, along with shopping at a variety of unique vendors from across the United States, a range of dining choices, and live entertainment featuring some of Omaha’s finest.
The OEF, a certified 501(c)(3) not-for-profit foundation, has been committed to building a world-class equestrian experience in Omaha over the past several years. It created and developed The International Omaha, an internationally sanctioned equestrian show jumping and dressage experience now going into its sixth year. The successful growth of that event helped secure the OEF’s bid to host the 2017 FEI World Cup™ Finals.