Dr. Cesar Parra
One of Colombia's top international riders for much of his career, Dr. Cesar Parra’s version of the American dream came true in 2011 of not only representing the U.S. when he competed Grandioso at the Pan American Games, in Guadalajara, Mexico but helping secure a Team Gold Medal for the USA. True to his philosophy of buying and developing quality horses up to their highest potential, Parra sold the 2001 Westfalian gelding by Grosso Z, owned by Michael and Sarah Davis to the Glock Performance Horse Centre in Austria. Another win close to his heart was claiming the 2010 National Intermedaire I Championship at the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions on Olympia owned by Lori Washton. “It was such a special experience, ﬁnally, being able to compete in a National Championship wearing the colors red, white, and blue,” says Parra with genuine pride. Parra gained his U.S. citizenship in 2008.
Parra’s latest Grand Prix import, Van the Man, a 2002 KWPN gelding by Obelisk, also owned by Michael and Sarah Davis received a 73.2% in the Grand Prix Olympic Special at the WEF Wellington Dressage 2012 Nations’ Cup. After the new partnership qualified and competed at the USET 2012 Olympic Selection Trials in Gladstone, NJ, Cesar’s decision to go slow over the summer paid off when a robust looking Van the Man won the Saugerties CDI-W FEI Grand Prix and placed second in the Olympic Grand Prix Special.
The duo’s momentum continued at 2012 Dressage at Devon placing third in the Grand Prix. Michael and Sarah Davis’ Simply Nymphenburg is another promising star gaining notice. Cesar describes this 17.2 Hanoverian gelding by Sir Donnerhall in one word, “Outstanding!”
At the 2012 Markel/USEF National Young Horse Championships at Lamplight Equestrian Center, IL, Simply showed marked improvement after finishing fourth on the first day to return the second dayto win the class and earn the Reserve Championship for the 6-Year-Old division. With Parra, Simply Nymphenburg delivered an impressive performance at Dressage at Devon, taking the 2012 Grand Champion title in the FEI Young Horse Finals with scores of 80.60% and 84.20%.
Another horse in the wings, Lindner, a 2005 Westfalen gelding owned by the Davis’ received an 80.7% in a First level test early this year and won both his third Level tests at Saugerties, NY this fall. “He is truly a performance horse and we look forward to seeing what he can do in the higher levels.”
A Traveling Man
From the Olympic Trials and shopping trips to Germany, Parra returns to his roots to teach several clinics in Colombia each summer and early fall. He plans to add Argentina to his clinic schedule as well. His believes in creating international bridges for talent and learning, where energy and passion between instructors and students fuels a higher level for the job of training both riders and horses.