Devon, PA - Riding on the heels of a victorious weekend at the New England Dressage Association (NEDA) Fall Festival Show, Dr. Cesar Parra and the Piaffe Performance Team are kicking off Dressage at Devon by taking top ribbons. "So far, Dressage At Devon has been great," stated Parra, owner of Piaffe Performance Farms in Whitehouse Station, NJ and Jupiter, FL, "The show grounds look beautiful and the fantastic staff are hosting an impeccably run show." Parra and his 11-year-old KWPN gelding, Van the Man, are eager to follow up their 2013 Region 8 2013 Open Grand Prix Championship win at the NEDA Fall Show where they scored a 68.404% to take the blue ribbon. Not to be outdone in ribbon count at that same show, was Piaffe Performance Senior Trainer, Katie Riley, who took home two blues - the first on Apex's Kingston in the 6-year old class, and another riding Zanzibar in the Intermediaire II class. Now, the rest of the Piaffe Performance Team members are picking up that same momentum in Devon on the 10 horses the Piaffe Performance team brought to the show, and they're off to a great start.
Already riding into the ribbons in the FEI 5 Year Old Class was Piaffe Performance team member, Nadine Buberl. On Thursday, Buberl rode Fashion Designer OLD (x Faustinus), owned by Martin Sosnoff, to first place, scoring an overall 9.22, and topping the gelding's personal best score from the Lamplight Championships and topping off their amazing year by winning the Young Horse Championships for the Devon Buberl also took the beautiful Oldenburg Elite Mare, Fiderhit OLD (x Fidertanz), owned by Michael and Sarah Davis, to a second place win with an 8.82 in this same class. Bebe Davis also rode to victory in the Junior division aboard Rotano.
Parra and Van The Man, who is also owned by Michael and Sarah Davis, kept up that momentum by taking 4th place in the Grand Prix Freestyle with a 72.725%, finishing behind Olympians Lars Petersen, Tina Konyot, and Ashley Holzer. "Van continues to develop in a great way. My goal for this Devon is for him to keep the relaxation we have been working on all summer. Thank you to all the owners and sponsors and the Oldenburg Society for allowing this weekend to happen," Parra smiled, "And a special thank you to Robert Dover for his invaluable help with Van and I."
Today Parra's focus is to on the entire Piaffe Performance team. "We have a super team of dedicated riders and owner's and are blessed with amazing horses. We are here to compete but also to have fun and inspire all the riders here to enjoy the journey,” says an exuberant Parra from the Devon show grounds.
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