Wellington, FL (February 1, 2013) – Dr. Cesar Parra of Piaffe-Performance Farms is known for his dedication to the sport of dressage and the equine industry, and during the 2013 Global Dressage Festival he will continuing this tradition by sponsoring the Adult Amateur High Performance award. Designed to recognize exceptional performances by adult amateurs during the circuit, he award will be given each week of the festival, which will have two shows each month in January and February and three each month in March and April. Five of the shows will have international recognition by the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) and seven will also be U.S. national-level shows.
Parra was an international rider in Colombia before becoming a US citizen in 2008. Since then he has represented the U.S. at the Pan American Games gold medal-winning dressage team in 2011. Piaffe-Performance Farms is based in Jupiter, FL, from December to March and Whitehouse Station, NJ, from April through November.
“Adult amateurs are the backbone of our sport,” said Parra. “My team is made up of a number of young riders and adult amateurs, and their dedication to the sport and their horses is undeniable. I am proud to be able to recognize them on the Global Dressage Festival circuit, which proved to be an excellent group of shows in 2012, its inaugural year. We are pleased to be attending again in 2013.”
Five FEI international dressage shows (CDIs) staged by a single organization are more than at any other show grounds in the world, and the festival will award prize money of more than $275,000. It will include the first non-championship dressage Nation’s Cup in the Western Hemisphere. It will be held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) show grounds with a newly constructed stadium for the dressage events.
For more information on Parra or Piaffe-Performance, visit their website at www.piaffe-performance.com.