Loxahatchee, FL – While international dressage rider Cesar Parra has been taking top places at this season’s CDIs, his team of riders at Piaffe-Performance have also been working hard. Their hard work paid off at the recent White Fences Dressage Show, where Parra’s riders were able to test their skills and take a few victory passes of their own.
“It was a fun and successful show made possible by the combined efforts of everyone on the team,” Parra said. “Despite the below average temperatures and rain, all of our horses and riders put forth a fantastic effort, riding with elegance, skill and determination. They really made it a pleasure to watch and coach.”
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Parra is thrilled with how the season is unfolding in Florida, and said the White Fences Dressage show was a success for all who participated. “Nadine and Whopie Gold started the day off right with a beautiful 2nd Level test, winning the class,” Parra said. “Nadine also had an impressive ride on the Reed's Superman. It is not only interesting to see the horses grow up, but also very rewarding.”
The winning continued for Piaffe-Performance staff and riders, with Kevin Kohmann and the Davis' Weekend Pleasure blowing away the competition at 1st Level. The duo ended their test with an impressive score, landing 10 percent ahead of the second place rider.
Bebe Davis continued to improve in her first show of the season, and Parra believes she will definitely be one to watch in the future. John McGinty and Louis placed second in a competitive PSG class, followed closely by Maggie McGuire and Preso in fifth.
“In addition to our PSG riders, we had the newest competitor on our team, Chase Hickok and Palermo, competing in the FEI Young Riders,” Parra said. “They promise to an exciting pair in the future.”
Parra, who owns and operates Piaffe-Performance with facilities in New Jersey and Florida, was one of Colombia’s top international riders for much of his career, competing in the Olympics, riding in the World Equestrian Games and being named the Colombian National Champion multiple times. Parra realized his dream of becoming an American citizen in 2008, and now proudly rides for the United States.
Parra is pleased to be developing the next generation of riders, and over the past few years has steadily built Piaffe-Performance into a sales and training facility that not only has a stable full of good, young horses with international potential but also has a stable full of talented young riders. “The collective talent of Piaffe-Performance is perhaps unmatched anywhere in the U.S and I am so proud of that,” Parra said.
For more information on Parra or Piaffe-Performance, visit their website at www.piaffe-performance.com.