Wellington, FL – The world of dressage is small, and Cesar Torrente believes that all who are a part of it could benefit from remembering that. At ShowChic’s ShopTalk held on May 9, 2014 in Wellington, Florida, Torrente shared with his audience the story of how a Dark Secret taught this FEI 3* dressage judge the importance of being deeply aware of the connection among everyone involved in the sport. Cesar Torrente of Bogota, Columbia is a triple threat when it comes to dressage - he has proven himself to be an accomplished rider, trainer, and judge. He became a part of the dressage world when he was 12, and was a Grand Prix competitor when he was in his teens. A talented equestrian, Torrente won a Team Gold Medal at the 2010 South American Games and another at the 2010 Central American Games. He has won the Colombian National Championship several times. Torrente now devotes most of his dressage career to serving as a highly respected international judge.
On Friday May 9, the dressage fashion boutique ShowChic welcomed Cesar Torrente to speak to a large crowd of excited equestrians at ShowChic’s ShopTalk event. Torrente shared valuable information with his audience from an “insider’s” perspective as an international dressage judge. His listeners left with new ideas of what judges are looking for in riders and of how each of them fits in to their dressage community.
Torrente pointed out to the ShopTalk audience that the saying “it’s a small world” applies strongly to dressage. Every part of the dressage community impacts other parts, and because of this it’s important for equestrians to be respectful of one another and truly understand what it takes to meet their dressage goals. Some of Torrente’s personal pet peeves as a judge are seeing horses competing in a level that they are not prepared for, or seeing riders attempt a test without first finding out what the test expects of them.
It was a horse that first made Torrente truly realize how interconnected all dressage competitors are. While he was in the United States, he knew a horse called Dark Secret. He was later surprised when the same Dark Secret appeared in Korea while Torrente was there earning his judging license. He realized that the riders and horses he met as a dressage professional were not simply a passing part of his life, but would continuously affect him by appearing throughout his career.
Torrente’s talk was extremely informative and interesting to his audience, and ShowChic hopes to have him back to speak at another ShopTalk in the future.
Showing awareness that the dressage community includes the entire United States as well as the rest of the world, ShowChic will be traveling from Florida to New Jersey for the United States Dressage Festival of Champions presented by the Dutta Corporation. The much-anticipated competition will be held at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. on June 12-15. ShowChic will bring the best in dressage fashion to Gladstone, as well as show their support for the community by visiting farms throughout the area.
ShowChic offers stylish riding apparel as well as gifts and accessories. Products include breeches, show coats, stock ties, shirts, helmets, jewelry, and many other items.
To learn more about ShowChic Dressage and ShopTalk, visit www.showchicdressage.com or call 561-319-2121.