Saugerties, NY – After traveling to Gladstone on Thursday to catch part of the 2017 Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions, Dr. Parra and the team at Performance Farms took their show on the road to deliver outstanding performances at Centerline Events’ HITS Dressage on the Hudson show in Saugerties, New York on May 20 and 21.
Dr. Cesar Parra, Performance Farms founder and U.S. Pan American Games Dressage Team Gold medalist, achieved exceptional results aboard Fashion Designer OLD (Faustinus x De Niro), a nine-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Martin Sosnoff, earning blue ribbons in both the Intermediate II and Developing Grand Prix classes. “Fashion was a star and I am thrilled with how he is developing. The results of the show are of course fun, but it is the development of the horse that brings me the most joy,” remarked Dr. Parra.
Katie Riley, an accomplished Grand Prix rider and a founding member of Performance Farms, also had a highly successful weekend aboard five-year-old Hanoverian gelding Sir Beckmann (Sir Donnerhall x St Pr Witchita). Riley skillfully demonstrated how diligent training pays off, taking the first place ribbon in the FEI Young Horse class and securing a scorching 85.8 percent score.
“Sir Beckmann is such a special horse and I am so very proud of him. I am blessed and lucky to have the ride on him, and I’m grateful to Cesar Parra and Marcela Ortiz for always supporting me,” said Riley.
Performance Farms rider Rodrigo Encinas Fuentes, originally from Madrid, Spain, rode 12-year-old Westphalian gelding Blickpunkt 4 (Belissimo M x Fascination) in the Intermediate II class for the first time, scoring 68.3 percent and finishing second to his trainer, Dr. Parra on Fashion Designer.
“It was such a great weekend in Saugerties. It is an awesome experience to start Blickpunkt 4’s career at the Grand Prix level, and I know that this is just the beginning for him. I have to extend a huge thank you to Cesar Parra and Katie Riley for everything!” said Fuentes.
In addition to supporting its own riders by providing full service training, care, and instruction, Performance Farms also upholds a strong commitment to furthering the advancement of the sport of dressage.
Always looking for new ways to support the equestrian community at large, Dr. Cesar Parra and Performance Farms generously sponsored the USEF Network’s live stream coverage of the 2017 Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions, enabling those unable to attend the event in person to watch the show from any location.
Dr. Parra was thrilled to embrace this opportunity to extend the show to a bigger audience, observing, “If they couldn’t come to the event, I wanted to bring this very special event to them.” Through the live stream, the week’s events could be viewed on the USEF Network, which ran simultaneously while the Performance Team riders competed at Saugerties.
Dr. Parra and Performance Farms continue to consistently produce horses and riders that earn prestigious accolades both nationally and internationally. During the spring and summer of 2017, Parra and his team – with locations in Jupiter, Florida, and Whitehouse Station, New Jersey – invite riders to learn more about training and horses offered for sale by following the Piaffe Performance official Facebook page or visiting www.Piaffe-Performance.com.