Wellington, FL - The Adequan Global Dressage Festival 3 CDI-W and National Show had an unprecedented number of competitors riding their finest dressage tests; but still the riders from Piaffe Performance managed to rank at the top of their classes. The Piaffe Performance team earned exceptional scores and placings during the third week of the show series, proving that Cesar Parra and his students have the right combination of talented equestrians, horses, and coach. Piaffe Performance owner Cesar Parra was pleased with his rides on Simply Nymphenburg and Blickpunkt 4. "What a great weekend,” he said. “A first place with Simply Nymphenburg with a 73 percent and a second with Blickpunkt with a 71 percent!”
In fact, Parra earned a 73.421 percent in the FEI Prix St. Georges on Simply Nymphenburg, Michael Davis’s nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Sir Donnerhall 1/ Weltmeyer) to claim the first place ribbon on Friday, January 23. The pair also posted the top score of 72.368 percent in the FEI Prix St. Georg on Saturday, January 24. Parra and Blickpunkt 4, a ten-year-old Westphalian gelding (Belissimo M/Fidermark) owned by Eduardo Fischer’s Cavallias, earned the red ribbon and second place in the FEI Prix St. Georges Saturday with a 71.316 percent.
Not to be outdone, seventeen-year-old Junior rider BeBe Davis - a long time student of Piaffe Performance— also prevailed. She and Feivel Mousekewitz, her father’s fourteen-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Federweisser/, Singular Joter), notched two firsts in the FEI Prix St. George, scoring 71.711 percent on Saturday. Davis has had enormous success on the horse, also known as “Mouse;” the pair was also victorious at the 2014 Global Dressage Festival with winning performances throughout the season.
Additionally, Davis placed first in two of her CDI Junior classes aboard Rotano, a 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Rotspon/Brentano), also owned by Michael Davis. They placed first in the FEI Junior Team test, second in the FEI Junior Individual Test, and first in the FEI Freestyle for Juniors.
“I had an awesome weekend with both horses,” Davis said. “I was impressed with both of them. We have improved so much since last year that it is truly incredible. I am grateful for all of the help and support that I have gotten from Cesar and especially Katie Riley over the years. I am looking forward to what this season is going to bring for myself and the entire Piaffe Performance team.”
Katie Riley, also a team member at Piaffe Performance, raked in the ribbons as well. The USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold medalist notched the win in Fourth Level Test 2 with a 73.333 percent aboard Toy Story, a nine-year-old KWPN gelding (Trento B/Jazz) owned by Heather Hornor, and another first in the same test on the following day.
Bebe Davis’ father, Michael Davis, was not about to let the others dominate the victories. He received two second-places in Fourth Level Test 1 classes on his own ten-year-old Hanoverian chestnut gelding, Weekend Pleasure (by White Starm, out of Hauptstutbuch Luciane).
Finally, Piaffe Performance’s 84-year-old Martin Sosnoff student earned his own first place ribbon in Fourth Level Test 1 on Friday, January 24, aboard Amigo, his ten-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (by Turbo Magic, out of Jammy). Sosnoff is a dedicated rider who trains with Parra and generally rides three upper-level horses at Piaffe Performance daily.
“I was so happy with everyone’s performances!” Parra beamed. “I think the shows give all of us super feedback and our job as riders is to take that feedback to become better riders, or to be able to show our horses in a way that the judges appreciate more. Dressage is really a constant evolution, and to be open to constructive criticism and use it to make us even better is super important. Simply Nymphenburg and Blickpunkt are preparing for their first CDIs here in Florida, Bebe is preparing for her first Young Riders CD - it is fun for me to see the horses and riders all mastering skills and moving up!”
Parra and his Piaffe Performance Farm Team are consistently in the ribbons, and invite dressage riders to become part of their winning tradition. To learn more about Piaffe Performance training, lessons, and sales services, visit www.piaffe-performance.com.