A Strategy for Success
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Performance Farms and Cesar Parra are today a clear success, but the road there was not an easy one. Success came through hard work. Cesar even jokes about friends who were skeptical when he bought the farm's New Jersey base, which at the time had a tiny house. "People looked at the box of a house and asked me, 'what will you do with that?'" He did with the house what he's done with the rest of his business – built up and out. This is a man who believes in working for his dreams and to that end, he developed a strategy and has stuck to it. To succeed, he worked hard and sought out help and advice from the best and that approach got him to the international level of competition by the 1990s.
Cesar led the Colombian team to a team silver medal and was individually fifth at the 1999 Pan American Games riding Cimbad. In 2002, he rode PF Robinson for Colombia at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain. In 2003, he rode Horses Unlimited's Pik L to an individual 4th place at the Pan American Games. With Cesar, Pik L, a Hanoverian stallion by Pik Bube II, was the 2003 USDF Horse of the Year at both Intermediare 1 and Intermediare 1 Freestyle. In 2004, Cesar showed Galant du Serein at the 2004 CDIO Aachen and then at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece . In 2005, he was the South American representative at the 2005 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas. In the summer he showed Galant at the CDIO Aachen. In 2006, Cesar won the prestigious Grand Prix Freestyle at Dressage at Devon.
The list of top trainers with whom Cesar has trained is impressive. In 1995, he began training with Herbert Rehbein in Germany for half of each year; then Liselotte Linsenhoff and Klaus Rheinberger sponsored him as a student at their private facility, Schafhof, in Kronberg. In Germany he entered the world of international dressage competition.
He proved himself in a very short period of time. He won the FEI World Challenge twice. Along with his successes at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg , Canada, Cesar also won three gold medals at the Central American and Caribe Games – a first for his country. He trained with Siegfried "Bimbo" Peilicke, and then with Hans Rueben. More recently, Cesar has trained with Hubertus Schmidt and Dr.Volker Moritz. From Schmidt he learned “to improve myself by being more effective and consistent in the saddle, without disturbing the picture and to pay more attention to the details and learn to further improve the suppleness of the horse."
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