Aiken, SC - It was as easy as 1-2-3 for Dr. Cesar Parra of Piaffe-Performance to close the twelfth and final week of the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5*/3* with performances - on two different yet exceptional horses – noteworthy enough to also earn the Custom Saddlery Most Valuable Rider Award. Cary Wallace, Master Saddlefitter for Aiken, SC-based Custom Saddlery, congratulated Parra, who was presented with with his MVR award an embroidered Custom Saddlery saddle pad and grey and maroon ribbon. The Custom Most Valuable Rider award has been presented at every Adequan Global Dressage Festival since its inception in 2012 to recognize riders who, 'through exceptional performance, horsemanship or teamwork, brought something special to the dressage show experience.
For Parra, it was his effortless prowess handling two superb athletes at different points in their careers that won his Most Valuable Rider status. On Thursday and Friday, astride Michael and Sarah Davis's 17-hand, black Dutch (Obelisk-bred) gelding, Van the Man, he earned a 70.920% in the FEI Grand Prix, and on Friday, third-place honors (69.078%) in the FEI Grand Prix Special.
The Wellington weekend then saw the Custom Saddlery MVR mount up with Fiderhit OLD, a black, 16.2-hand mare owned by Michael and Sarah Davis and a star in Parra's training program. Only two weeks earlier at AGDF10, they rode to the win in the FEI Six Year Old Test Final (Markel/USEF) with an 86.20% finish that also brought her to the top of the US national rankings.
Campaigned on Global Dressage Festival’s final Saturday, in the FEI Preliminary Test for Six Year-Olds, the pair scored a 84% to finish reserve, and on Sunday, in the FEI Young Horse Final for Six Year-Olds, Parra let the cream rise to the top and brought her down centerline to a victorious 86.400% finish.
“Believe me,” Parra had said at the start of the winter season, “we have not seen the best yet.” But thanks to this Custom Saddery MVR's relationship with this very special mare, the dressage world is catching spectacular glimpses of what's still ahead.
Custom Saddlery is a proud sponsor of Most Valuable Riders throughout the dressage community. For more information on Custom Saddlery visit their website at http://mysaddle.com/en.