[#27523 override="Cesar Parra" title="Cesar Parra"] and Team Piaffe Performance had a busy and successful start to Dressage at Equestrian Estates with a full schedule of horses and riders. Parra won the Intermediaire II with Grandioso, the nine-year-old Westfalen gelding by Gribaldi purchased for Parra by Michael Davis. Scoring a 69.474%, Parra was followed by longtime student Michael Schondel on Silver Label who was second with a 65%. “Grandioso has been showing a lot improvement since Mike and Sara Davis bought him and gave him to me to be trained.” Parra told DressageDaily. “God willing He will definitely be a great grand prix horse and perhaps someday a member of our National Team.
He is big and powerful yet kind and gracious in his movements and getting better everyday. Between Hubertus Schmidt, Dr. Moritz, and Mrs. Gribbons (USEF Dressage Technical Advisor) I have a lot of homework which has kept me busy all winter, but I believe it is starting to show.” But it was not just Parra who had a successful outing at Dressage at Equestrian Estates.
Schondel who commutes from New Jersey where he has established a Tree Service business passaged his way to second place behind his long time trainer, Parra. Riding his own Silver Label, the thirteen-year-old Swedish Warmblood by Rambo, Schondel edged out Christopher Hickey and Donarweiss GGF, for second place with a 65%. “Today we had a very interesting class with nice horses, good riders and good judging.” added Parra. “Having one of my long time students being second to Grandi and me was very exciting. I am so proud to see Michael come with a horse train by him all the way to Grand Prix. That it is part of my dreams to see my students develop as much as they can.”
In the Fourth Level Test One Open, German born Young Rider Kevin Kohmann topped a larger class with the Swedish Stallion Agastrofus (by Briar) owned by Taunia Reed, from Virginia Beach, VA. with a 67.209, beating his trainer Parra on Rotano who finished second with a 66.744%. Kevin has his license in Germany as a professional rider and now working in getting his masters degree in riding. “I believe Kevin is one of the best young talents there is, and we are fortunate to have him as a team member at Piaffe Performance.” Parra said.
Another young rider who only recently joined Piaffe Performance as a student was Chase Hickok on her mother’s Palermo, a thirteen-year-old KWPN gelding. Hickok came in second in a competitive Young Rider Team Test Qualifier with a 64.079%, just a fraction behind the winner Heather Beachem and Windsong who won the first Young Rider class of the weekend with a 64.474%.
“It is really exciting to see all of our students with so many different backgrounds and different goals, getting to enjoy together our sport and our shows. At the end it must be fun right?”