Devon, PA – Dr. Cesar Parra and Olympia wrapped up Dressage at Devon with another hat trick – winning all three CDI classes as well as the high score award for Best FEI Rider. Parra and Olympia, a Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Dr. Lori Washton, won the FEI Prix St. Georges class, the FEI Intermediaire I and the FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle.
Parra’s Dressage at Devon hat trick follows on the heels of a his recent three for three victories with Olympia during the New England Dressage Association Fall Festival CDI. “I was really excited to win at Devon, because winning at Devon is difficult,” said Parra. “The standard of judging is high and there are so many competitors and anything can happen.”
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Parra, who recently became a United States citizen, said it was a wonderful experience to hear the National Anthem of The United States played three times for him during the weekend. “I rode a hat trick another time at Devon but that time I rode as a Columbian,” Parra said. “So this weekend with Olympia was really amazing. I was very focused and I wanted deeply in my heart for it to work. I am trying to teach my working students that if you have really believe, you can win. If you don’t really believe you are setting yourself up for a big disappointment.”
Para and Olympia earned a 72.456 in the Prix St. Georges, a 72.193 in the Intermediaire I and a 73.850 in the Intermediaire I Freestyle. “I was the only rider in the division to score all rides in the 70s all three days with all judges,” Parra said, a feat that earned him the high score Best FEI Rider award at the prestigious show. “I am very happy but I believe my wins are due to teamwork. I think this weekend was a true testament to teamwork and it shows things can happen when everyone works together. From home and everybody in our barn”
Piaffe-Performance, Parra’s farm, proved their teamwork was real during Dressage at Devon when Olympia’s groom, Jennifer Mandracia, won the Best Groom Award. “It was an amazing weekend and I just want to thank my team, my wife and God,” Parra said.
For more information on Parra or Piaffe-Performance, which has facilities in New Jersey and Florida, visit their website at piaffe-performance.com.