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Piaffe Performance Adult Amateur Achievement Award Presented to Susan Jones

Susan Jones and Connaisseur (Photo courtesy of Dieter Busse).

Wellington, FL (March 14, 2016) – Dr. Cesar Parra and his Piaffe Performance Farm is continuing to reward accomplished adult amateur riders at the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival with the Piaffe Performance Adult Amateur Achievement Award. This past week, during the show series’ Palm Beach Dressage Derby, Susan Jones of Walton, Kentucky was the Adult Amateur Achievement Award winner.

Parra, an Olympian who has trained many amateur and professional riders during his illustrious career, loves honoring adult amateurs for the hard work and dedication they put in with their horses. Susan Jones accepted the Piaffe Performance Adult Amateur Achievement Award after competing throughout the weekend with her horses Reliance, Connaisseur, and Lindor’s Finest.

Parra presented Jones with the Piaffe Performance Adult Amateur Achievement Award after her performance in the Prix St. Georges with Reliance, a 13-year-old sired by Rhodimont and out of Gesstine, a Classiker mare imported from Germany. Jones bought the 2003 dark bay from Kathy Priest around seven years ago. A highlight of their career so far was their 2011 win in the GAIG/USDF Region 2 Championships amongst 33 other horses at First Level.

Jones and Reliance have climbed the ranks together, and Friday marked their first Prix St. Georges test at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. After that test, Jones commented, “We’re just going to continue getting better. I’m going to be here the rest of the weekend trying to perfect our test.”

Sure enough, the pair did just that and improved by almost two entire percentage points when they captured the blue ribbon for the week’s Sunday FEI Prix St. George Adult Amateur class.

Jones fits riding into her successful career as CEO, President, and Founder of the consulting firm Seed Strategy, which works with many Fortune 500 companies and other recognizable world brands. As a 1986 alumni of Indiana University, Jones earned her Bachelor of Science in Advertising and Marketing and currently serves on the Dean’s Council in the university’s Kelley School of Business.

When Jones is at home, she can be found spending time with her family or riding her dressage horses Reliance, Connaisseur, and Lindor’s Finest at her farm, Flyaway Acres, in Northern Kentucky. “Dressage is my oxygen,” Jones said. “I need it to live. To be on a horse and to continue to master being the best you can be and riding in harmony – there’s nothing better than that.”

Dr. Cesar Parra and the entire team from Piaffe Performance were proud to reward Jones, as she shares Piaffe Performance’s strong love for dressage and dedication to excellence in the sport. Piaffe Performance will continue presenting the Piaffe Performance Adult Amateur Achievement Award throughout the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, where Piaffe Performance is also the sponsor of the International Rider Lounge and the Hospitality Tent by the National Arenas. The Piaffe Performance Rider Lounges provide drinks and snacks for all levels of riders to enjoy as they relax before or after their tests.

Piaffe Performance, founded by Olympic dressage rider Dr. Cesar Parra, has locations in Jupiter, Florida and in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. Parra and his team provide full-service training based on the Classical German Training Methods. Dr. Parra has worked with such masters of dressage as Herbert Rehbein, Siegfried “Bimbo” Peilicke, Hans Rueben, Herbert Kuckluck, and Hubertus Schmidt. Learn more about training and sales prospects at www.GKHorsesatPiaffePerformance.com.

Contact: Dr. Cesar Parra
Piaffe Performance Farm
(410) 977-8352
www.GKHorsesatPiaffePerformance.com

Jumper-Turned-Dressage Rider Honored by Piaffe Performance at Adequan Global Dressage Festival

Charlene Moskowitz, with her trainer Denielle Gallagher-Legriffon (right), wins the Piaffe Performance Adult Amateur Achievement Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, presented by Dr. Cesar Parra (left) (Photo courtesy of JRPR).

Wellington, FL (February 18, 2016) – Throughout the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Piaffe Performance Farm is recognizing successful adult amateur dressage riders for their efforts in the show ring. Dr. Cesar Parra, Pan American Games gold medalist and founder of Piaffe Performance Farms, believes that adult amateurs are the backbone of the sport, and proudly honors those riders who demonstrate excellent horsemanship and sportsmanship throughout the show.

This past week, it was Charlene Moskowitz who caught the attention of Piaffe Performance. Not only is she a mother of five children, but she also just started riding dressage a year ago, and is now already competing successfully in Third Level classes. Parra proudly presented Moskowitz with the Piaffe Performance Adult Amateur Achievement Award official tri-colored ribbon, medal, and an engraved silver picture frame to hold a lasting memory of her award-winning ride.

After riding as a child in the jumper ring, and then having a brief stint with the Arabian Nights dinner theatre, Moskowitz left the saddle to raise her family.

“I then started riding dressage because I wanted something a bit more challenging than the jumper ring, and a little safer at the same time,” Moskowitz explained. “It is so much more challenging than the jumpers; you all make it look so easy,” she laughed.

Moskowitz now rides down centerline with her KWPN (Krack C) 16.1 hand bay gelding, Cannan. She bought Cannan through her trainer Denielle Gallagher-Legriffon only six short months ago, and the pair has been actively training ever since.

“When I sat on him for the first time I almost cried, because he reminded me of a horse I had when I was younger who I had a great connection with,” Moskowitz recalled.

Moskowitz was thrilled to be recognized by Parra and Piaffe Performance with the Piaffe Performance Adult Amateur Achievement Award. She plans to continue competing with Cannan in Third Level, and then hopefully move to Fourth Level by the end of the 2016 show season.

In addition to the Adult Amateur Achievement Award, Parra and Piaffe Performance sponsor the International Arena Rider Lounge and the Hospitality Tent by the National Arenas at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival show grounds. The Piaffe Performance Rider Lounges provide drinks and snacks for all levels of riders to enjoy as they relax before or after their tests.

Piaffe Performance is based out of Jupiter, Florida and Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, and is an Official Partner and Sponsor of the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Piaffe Performance specializes in selecting, training, and showing, and facilitates the sales of top dressage prospects for riders at every level. For more information on Piaffe Performance, visit www.piaffe-performance.com.

Contact: Dr. Cesar Parra
Piaffe-Performance Farm
(410) 977-8352
www.GKHorsesatPerformanceFarms.com

Piaffe Performance Awards Adult Amateur Grand Prix Rider at Adequan Global Dressage Festival

Lee Burton (left) wins the Piaffe Performance Adult Amateur Achievement Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, presented by Dr. Cesar Parra (center) and her trainer Patricia Sanchez (right) (Photo courtesy of JRPR).

Wellington, FL (February 8, 2016) – When Lee Burton of Saint Simmons, Georgia traded in her life as an avid golfer to get in back the saddle, she set out on a path toward success. Burton rode western as a child, then dabbled in a little eventing before finding her true passion for dressage. She has risen through the levels and now competes at Grand Prix level dressage.

Burton rides down centerline with Enebro XIV, her 12-year-old PRE gelding. Burton and Enebro recently traveled to the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival specifically for the much-anticipated USPRE week. Amidst the celebration of the Spanish PRE breed, Burton and Enebro successfully competed in the FEI Grand Prix national classes, where they earned the Piaffe Performance Adult Amateur Achievement Award. The award recognizes exceptional adult amateurs for their successes in the arena and their contributions to dressage through outstanding sportsmanship and horsemanship. Dr. Cesar Parra, owner and head trainer at Piaffe Performance, presented Burton with a Piaffe Performance neck medal, a tri-color ribbon, and an engraved silver picture frame to hold a lasting memory of her award-winning ride.

Burton was overjoyed to receive the Piaffe Performance Adult Amateur Achievement award, and thanked Parra and her trainer Patricia Sanchez of Spain. Burton described her start in dressage and the difficulties she experienced. “It was quite an adventure learning. I evented for a couple years and thought, ‘I am going to die,’” laughed Burton. Shortly after switching into the dressage sector, Burton purchased her first PRE stallion in Spain and competed in every level all the way to Grand Prix. She won her USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals all on her PRE stallion and has since had many successes on Enebro.

Parra was happy to present Burton with the Piaffe Performance Adult Amateur Achievement Award, and commended her on her many accomplishments in the sport of dressage. “I have learned so much from my adult amateur riders about perseverance and commitment,” explained Parra, who has achieved successes himself at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in previous years, and is a Pan American Games Gold Medalist. “Through this award, I hope Piaffe Performance can play a role in encouraging Adult Amateur riders. They are the backbone of our sport.”

In addition to the Adult Amateur Award, Parra and Piaffe Performance sponsor the International Arena Rider Lounge and the Hospitality Tent by the National Arenas at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival show grounds. The Piaffe Performance Rider Lounges provide drinks and snacks for all levels of riders to enjoy as they relax before or after their tests.

Piaffe Performance is based out of Jupiter, Florida and Whitehouse Station, New Jersey and is an Official Partner and Sponsor of the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Piaffe Performance specializes in selecting, training, and showing, and facilitates the sales of top dressage prospects for riders at every level. For more information on Piaffe Performance, visit www.piaffe-performance.com.

Contact: Dr. Cesar Parra
Piaffe-Performance Farm
(410) 977-8352
www.GKHorsesatPerformanceFarms.com

Parra and Piaffe Performance Ready for 2016 Dressage Season, Ranked among Nation’s Finest

Cesar Parra and Blickpunkt 4 Cavallias placed fourth in the nation at the 2015 USEF Festival of Champions (Photo courtesy of JRPR).

Wellington, FL (December 18, 2015) – Before settling in the U.S., dressage rider Dr. Cesar Parra was a multi-time Colombian National Dressage Champion, and – since winning his first U.S. National title at the 2010 Festival of Champions – has qualified for every U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions, competing six times on four different horses, with an additional four horses in the Young Horse Championships.

Parra’s impeccable horsemanship again rose to the occasion at this year’s USEF Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp., on December 9-12 at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival show grounds in Wellington, Florida. Competing Blickpunkt 4 in the Intermediaire I Dressage National Championship division for owners Eduardo, Gabrielle, and Rory Fischer of Cavallias, Parra took the chestnut to a closely-contended fourth place overall in the nation (just two points out of top seed) as well as third nationally in the Intermediaire I Freestyle, where he received scores as high as a 73.625 percent in front of 4* and 5* judges Umbach (LUX), Holler (GER), Rockwell (USA), Zang (USA), and Matthiesen (DEN).

Pan American Games Dressage Gold medalist Parra said, “Blickpunkt is a high-quality horse that is really starting to come into his own. He has super gaits and conformation for the sport, and is really an eye-catcher. I’m very happy with how he is coming along and has gained confidence in the ring. For us, the Festival was full of personal achievements. When I began showing Blickpunkt at the beginning of this year, he was really anxious in the show ring. To have him go in confidently and do his job is a huge victory!

“He has a lot of talent for piaffe and passage so we’re working toward Grand Prix,” Parra added. “We will stay Small Tour for now. He is schooling Grand Prix movements at home, but I really want to keep his confidence and have consistent clean tests in the Small Tour before he moves up.”

As for Parra, it’s time to move into competition season mode at the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington.

“It’s hard to believe that we are back in Florida,” said Parra, who travels with his team from Piaffe Performance from his New Jersey base to his Florida base every winter. “Every year brings new excitement, with new horses starting at new levels. I am especially excited for Fashion Designer OLD (Faustinus x DeNiro) to start showing. He has made a huge jump forward in his training in the last few months, so it should be a lot of fun with him. Also we have a few new horses that should also make a splash,” Parra stated.

Dr. Cesar Parra provides top-notch training for riders and horses at his Piaffe Performance facilities in Jupiter, Florida and Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, and always welcomes new dressage riders to join his talented team. Learn more about Dr. Cesar Parra, Piaffe Performance, and training, lessons, and sales services offered at www.piaffe-performance.com.

Contact: Dr. Cesar Parra
Piaffe-Performance Farm
(410) 977-8352
drcesarparra@msn.com
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Custom Saddlery to Award Saddles to Winners at U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions

Steffen Peters (Photo courtesy of JRPR)

Wellington, FL (December 8, 2015) – Custom Saddlery, the Official Saddle of the United States Dressage Team and proud supporter of high performance dressage, will award Custom Saddles to the Grand Prix and Intermediaire I Championship winners at the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp. The December 9-12 competition will be held at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival show grounds in Wellington, Florida, and will feature the nation’s top horse and athlete combinations in the Grand Prix and Intermediaire I divisions.

Custom Saddlery will also be cheering on the company’s sponsored riders, known as Custom Saddlery Most Valuable Riders (MVRs), who will be competing in the Championships, including Steffen Peters and Cesar Parra. Peters will ride Four Winds Farm’s Legolas 92, a 13-year-old London Olympic Games veteran Westphalian gelding (Laomedon x Furstin/Florestan II), and Rosamunde, an eight-year-old Rheinlander mare (Rock Forever x First Lady/Fidermark) who has claimed victory in a variety of competitions both here and abroad. Peters will compete both horses in The Dutta Corp./USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship. Parra will be aboard his own Blickpunkt 4 Cavallias, a 10-year-old Westphalian stallion (Belissimo M x Fascination/Fidermark) who placed in the ribbons at both Dressage at Devon in October and at HITS on the Hudson in September. Parra will compete in The Dutta Corp./USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Championship.

Custom Saddlery representatives will take part in the award ceremonies for both of the National Championships to present the winners with saddle gift certificates, so that the winning horse and rider duo can be expertly fitted for a saddle model that is perfect for them. With over 20 saddle models, Custom Saddlery’s team of expert saddle fitters across the United States is trained to meet all horses and riders’ performance and comfort needs.

The Grand Prix competition at the Festival of Champions will kick off on Wednesday, December 9 with the FEI Grand Prix test, then progress to the FEI Grand Prix Special on Thursday, December 10. After a day of rest, competition will resume with the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle on Saturday, December 12. The Intermediaire I championship will begin with the FEI Prix St. Georges on Wednesday, December 9 and will continue with the FEI Intermediaire I on Thursday, December 10. The Intermediaire I competition will culminate with the I-1 Freestyle on Saturday, December 12.

Custom Saddlery is proud to support the United States Dressage Team and the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp. Custom Saddlery is committed to designing, producing, and fitting high-quality, customized saddles that are perfect matches for dressage’s most talented riders and their horses. For more information about Custom Saddlery and its variety of saddle models, visit www.mysaddle.com or call 1-800-235-3865.

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Piaffe Performance Qualifies Two for the 2015 U.S. Dressage National Championships

Cesar Parra and Cavallia’s Blickpunkt 4 (photo courtesy of Conklin Photographic)

Whitehouse Station, NJ (November 12, 2015) — After an extremely successful year for his Piaffe Performance team, dressage rider, trainer, and coach Dr. Cesar Parra has qualified to compete in The Dutta Corp./USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Championship at the 2015 U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions, presented by The Dutta Corp. The competition will be held for the first time at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida, on December 8-12. While Parra has been a familiar face at the U.S. Dressage Festival National Championships since his big win in the Intermediaire I in 2010, this year he will be joined by his “second in command” at Piaffe Performance, USDF Gold Medalist Katie Riley. It is Riley’s first time as a competitor at the Festival, although she has served the Piaffe Performance team from the sidelines coaching at the Festival during previous years.

Parra qualified for the Festival of Champions with Cavallia’s Blickpunkt 4, a German-bred Westphalian gelding (Bellisimo M x Fascination, by Fidermark) that he has been working with for the past year. “I am proud to have qualified with Blickpunkt,” said Parra. “He is a high-quality horse that is now really starting to come into his own and has a great future. Blickpunkt has very good gaits and super conformation for the sport. He is really an eye-catcher.”

Para has been building Blickpunkt’s confidence this year and is working him towards the Grand Prix level, since the gelding shows talent with his piaffe and passage.

Riley, who is a founding member of the Piaffe Performance Team, will compete against her coach Parra at the Festival of Champions on Heather Hornor’s Toy Story (Trento B x Vroukje, by Jazz). Riley and the 2006 bay Dutch Warmblood gelding kicked their year off in Florida at Fourth Level, and moved up to the Developing Prix St. Georges by the end of the winter season. She and Toy Story also competed in the Markel/USEF Developing Horse Championships this year.

Toy Story then made his CDI debut at the NEDA Fall Festival. “Toy really tries his best for you every time you sit on him,” said Riley. “He is such a positive-thinking horse and is really honest. I love every day I sit on him. Because of the timing of his development and the qualification period, we had only the time to meet the minimum requirements, so that meant we could only have good tests.”

And good days they had at the NEDA Fall Festival and Dressage at Devon, where the pair placed in the top three at both shows in the Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I.

Parra, who was a successful dentist in his native country of Colombia before becoming an American citizen, first competed at the Festival of Champions in 2010 in the National Intermediaire I Championship aboard Lori Washton’s Olympia, a bay Dutch Warmblood gelding by Jazz. The pair earned first place, and that victory in an American National Championship meant the world to Parra. He has since achieved many impressive victories, and is prepared to show his talent again at the upcoming Festival of Champions.

Before settling in the U.S., Parra was a multiple-time Colombian National Champion in dressage. After his first U.S. National Championship win at the 2010 Festival of Champions, Parra has qualified for every Dressage Festival of Champions since. In 2011, he and Grandioso came in third behind Steffen Peters and Weltino’s Magic and Heather Blitz and Paragon in Intermediaire I. From 2012 to 2014, Parra rode Van the Man at the Festival’s USEF National Grand Prix Championship.

Not only has Parra had his own success in multiple USEF National Dressage Championships, but he has also successfully coached youth riders in many National Championships.

Dr. Cesar Parra is a Pan American Games Gold medalist who now provides top-notch training for both riders and horses in Jupiter, Florida, and Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. Piaffe Performance is always ready to welcome dressage riders to its talented team. To learn more about Dr. Cesar Parra, his Piaffe Performance team, and the training, lessons, and sales services he offers, visit www.piaffe-performance.com.

Contact: Dr. Cesar Parra
Piaffe-Performance Farm
(410) 977-8352
drcesarparra@msn.com
www.piaffe-performance.com

Piaffe Performance Excels in the U25 and Small Tour at 2015 NEDA Fall Festival

Cesar Parra with Katie Riley aboard Toy Story after their second placing debut in the Intermediate I at the 2015 NEDA Fall Festival (Photo courtesy of Piaffe Performance).

Saugerties, NY (September 25, 2015) – The talented team from Piaffe Performance, a successful dressage training business owned by international rider Dr. Cesar Parra, emerged with many triumphs at the 2015 New England Dressage Association (NEDA) Fall Festival and CDI. The competition was held in Saugerties, New York, on September 19-20. Parra was quick to give credit and accolades to his Piaffe Performance team for their success, and is already looking forward to his team’s next competition. Next up will be a personal favorite of Parra’s – the Dressage at Devon show on September 29 – October 4 in Devon, Pennsylvania.

At the NEDA Fall Festival, Parra was exceedingly proud of student Rodrigo Encinas Fuentes, who showed KWPN gelding GK Van the Man (Obelisk x Landjoker) for the first time in the U25 (under 25 Grand Prix) test. “Van and Rodrigo started to work together only in the last 10 days. It made me so proud to see horse and rider already working so well together at NEDA. Van is really enjoying his job, and Rodrigo is learning a lot, so it is a fun project to be a part of,” Parra reflected.

“I am very grateful to Kamel and Nicoletta Ghribi of GK Horses for helping make it possible for Rodrigo to show Van,” said Parra, referencing his exciting new sponsorship. “What a fantastic feeling it is to be able to help in making others dreams come true! I personally am also so proud of Van, who has been my partner since 2012. To see him so mature and happy in his job is also a super feeling.”

Katie Riley, who is a founding member of the Piaffe Performance team, thanked Parra and the owners of Toy Story, Heather and Gurdon W. Hornor, for the opportunity to ride the 2006 bay Dutch Warmblood gelding at NEDA in his CDI debut. The pair finished third in the Prix St. George with a 69.3 percent and second in the Intermediate I with a score of 68.860. “I could not be more proud of him, finishing right on the heels of the winners. I’m loving the journey on this special boy and so very grateful,” Riley said.

Parra expressed his excitement of the pairing of Riley, who is a USDF Gold medalist, and Toy Story (Trento B x Vroukje, by Jazz). “They have come so far in just one year together and are looking great,” said Parra. “It was Toy’s first time doing that test, and while they had really good scores, and they have a lot of potential to do even better in the future. They will be exciting to watch at Devon.”

Riley and Toy Story will compete in the same classes at Dressage at Devon. Riley will also compete in Devon’s Dixon Oval with Don Cesar (Desperados x Manhattan), who is owned by Parra and his wife Marcela Ortiz Parra, in the FEI Five-Year-Old division. Riley hopes to add a first place to the Westphalian gelding’s third place ribbons from the 2015 Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Championships.

At NEDA, Parra wasn’t only on hand to help his students. He also competed with Blickpunkt, a German-bred Westphalian gelding (Bellisimo M x Fascination, by Fidermark). “He is a super horse from our partners at Cavallias and Villa Do Retiro horses,” said Parra. “Blickpunkt has been training well since Florida, and it was important to me to get him back in the ring before Devon.” They competed in the small tour FEI Intermediate I CDI and Prix St. Georges as a warm-up for Devon.

In addition to Blickpunkt, Parra will be showing Fashion Designer OLD at Devon in the USEF Fourth Level classes at Devon. The 16.2-hand bay Oldenburg (Faustinus x Hauptstutbuch Forst Design, by Deniro) recently placed third in the FEI Developing Horse Prix St. Georges at the 2015 Markel/USEF Developing Horse Championships. He will be a returning competitor at Devon.

Parra and his team have been hard at work getting ready for Dressage at Devon. “We always like to do our best to shine at Devon,” said Parra. “It is a very special show to us. It’s close enough to home that a lot of our friends and students come to watch and support us. Our preparations revolve around, of course, the details of the test, but also just as important is that the horses are relaxed in their work. I get them outside even more than normal, walking in the woods and on the hills, and even down the roads. I think the more they see the less likely they are to get overwhelmed by the show atmosphere.”

To learn more about Dr. Cesar Parra, his Piaffe Performance team, and training, lessons, and sales services he offers, visit www.piaffe-performance.com.

Contact: Dr. Cesar Parra
Piaffe-Performance Farm
(410) 977-8352
www.piaffe-performance.com

USEF Developing Horse Championships Reveal Piaffe Performance’s Young Horse Talent

Dr. Cesar Parra with Fashion Designer OLD (Photo courtesy of Equinus International)

Wayne, IL (August 27, 2015) — Dressage riders Dr. Cesar Parra and Katie Riley of Piaffe Performance placed high on three talented horses in the Markel/USEF Developing Horse Championships held at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Illinois, on August 19-23.

Parra had a brilliant second day in the USEF Developing Prix St. Georges Final on Fashion Designer OLD, a seven-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Faustinus x De Niro) owned by Martin Sosnoff and Parra. The pair earned a 71.422 percent, capturing second place. This launched them into third place overall in the championships, with only .80 percent behind the second place horse and rider.

“It was an amazing weekend,” Parra said. “I’m totally in love with Fashion Designer OLD, who was the best Oldenburg in the Developing Prix St George Championships. I’m also really excited that one judge gave us a 75.588 percent in the final. The future is so bright for this horse.”

Riley and Toy Story, a nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Trento B x Vroukje) owned by Heather Horner, earned a 68.421 percent in the FEI Prix St. Georges for fourth place. Riley has been riding Toy Story for exactly one year. “I am very happy with Katie and Toy Story; to have them qualify and contend in a Championship at this level after only one year together is a testament to their partnership, and the quality and work ethic of the horse. Toy Story is one to watch, especially when he comes out at the Grand Prix level; that is where he will really shine,” remarked Parra.

Riley earned exciting results with Don Cesar, a five-year-old Westphalian gelding (Desperados x Sacre Schwalbe x Manhattan) owned by Parra. The pair placed second in the Five-Year-Old Young Horse Preliminary with a 79.0 percent and a 78.8 percent in the Five-Year-Old Young Horse Final Test, earning third place overall in the Championships. While Don Cesar did not come home with the blue ribbon, Parra and Riley were not disappointed.

“We were very happy,” Riley said. “All three horses showed what absolute star quality they have, and what bright futures lay in front of them, so we were thrilled with them. This program provides such great experiences for our young and upcoming horses. We are so grateful to Markel, the USEF, the owners of the beautiful Lamplight facility, and all the people that make this program possible.”

After returning to their summer home base in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, the team from Piaffe Performance will train for Dressage at Devon to be held in Devon, Pennsylvania, at the end of September.

“Dressage at Devon is always a very special show for us,” Riley said. “It’s such a great atmosphere and a fun show.”

Piaffe Performance is always ready to welcome dressage riders to its talented team. To learn more about Cesar Parra, Katie Riley and Piaffe Performance horses, training, lessons and sales services, please visit www.piaffe-performance.com.

Contact: Dr. Cesar Parra
Piaffe-Performance Farm
(410) 977-8352
www.piaffe-performance.com

Piaffe Performance and GK Horses Partner with Shared Vision of Equine Excellence

Cesar Parra and Fashion Designer OLD (Photo courtesy of stacylynnephoto.com)

Whitehouse Station, NJ (July 24, 2015) – After a string of exceptional performances put Piaffe Performance Farm’s three horses – Fashion Designer OLD, Toy Story, and Don Cesar – one step closer to the 2015 Markel/USEF Young and Developing Horse Dressage National Championships, Piaffe Performance’s founder and owner Dr. Cesar Parra proudly announced a new sponsorship with Nicoletta Ghribi of GK Horses in Italy.

Nicoletta Ghribi, a former Swiss swimming champion now based in Italy, is married to a successful entrepreneur in the oil and cotton business, and has found her sporting passion in international equestrian circles. GK Horses has chosen to boost its participation and commitment to national and international dressage through its electric new partnership with Piaffe Performance.

“I am so excited to be in a situation where I can concentrate on riding horses and develop long-lasting partnerships. I think it is every rider’s dream to have the ability to take all the time they need and know that the horses will not be sold. It is the best way to develop a partnership with the horse. I am of course so happy about this and also excited I can continue my dream of helping young professionals develop in the sport.”

“I met Nicoletta three years ago,” Parra continued, “on a phone call that was supposed to take five minutes – we stayed on the phone for two hours. GK Horses is the result of many conversations and dreams, and it was clear from the start that we share a vision for our sport. Our priorities are in line with developing the beauty of the horse without the stress of a timeline,” said Parra, shortly after returning from Windy Hollow Hunt in New Jersey, where the Piaffe Performance team faced its last qualifier before the 2015 Markel/USEF Young and Developing Horse Dressage National Championships in August at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Illinois.

“I’m happy with our recent results,” added Parra. “Fashion Designer OLD has been fantastic. His most recent scores have brought his average to more than 74 percent, placing him second in the current rankings.” Fashion Designer OLD, owned by Martin Sosnoff and Dr. Parra, will compete at Developing Prix St Georges level under Parra, who brought the Oldenburg (Faustinus/DeNiro) gelding to a 75.66 percent in his last test on the Florida winter circuit.

Also competing in Developing Prix St. Georges is Toy Story, a Dutch (Trento B/Jazz) gelding owned by Heather Hornor. His stellar Prix St. Georges debut in Florida, under Piaffe Performance’s Katie Riley, resulted in a 71.90 percent performance that the team will certainly seek to replicate when the limelight is on them at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne.

“Both horses are peaking at the right moment for the Championships,” Parra said.

Riley also rode Don Cesar in the FEI 5 Year Old test as preparation for the Championships. “They’re averaging 80.19 percent and the horse just keeps improving every day. He is truly one of the best young horses I have ever had,” Parra praised. Promising to be an exciting entry in the Markel/USEF 5 Year Old division, Don Cesar, owned by Dr. Parra and Marcela Ortiz Parra, is a Westphalian (Desperados/Manhattan) gelding that earned more than 84 percent in his Young Horse 5 Year Old FEI Test Finale in Florida in April.

“We are having a great summer,” Dr. Parra said. “I have made some changes here and we are enjoying a relaxed and happy environment for all our horses and clients.” Piaffe Performance is thrilled to welcome GK Horses to its successful team.

To learn more about Dr. Cesar Parra, Katie Riley, and Piaffe Performance Farm horses, training, lessons, and sales services, please visit www.piaffe-performance.com.

Contact: Dr. Cesar Parra
Piaffe-Performance Farm
(410) 977-8352
www.piaffe-performance.com

Piaffe Performance Qualifies 3 for USEF Young & Developing Horse Dressage Nat’l Championships

Katie Riley and Toy Story (Photo courtesy of Piaffe Performance)

Whitehouse Station, NJ (June 5, 2015) – Success feels thrice as nice for Dr. Cesar Parra of Piaffe Performance right now. After a string of exceptional performances in front of Centerline Events judges during the HITS-on-the-Hudson series in Saugerties, New York, he and his Piaffe Performance team have qualified three horses – Fashion Designer OLD, Toy Story, and Don Cesar – for the 2015 Markel/USEF Young and Developing Horse Dressage National Championships, to be held on August 19-23 at the Midwest’s premier Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Illinois.

“We are so excited with these young up-and-coming horses,” says Katie Riley, who joined the Piaffe Performance team in 2000 and has helped bring its horses through World, Pan American, and Olympic competition since. “They are super, quality horses at the top of their sport. The Markel/USEF Young and Developing Horse programs play critical roles in the development of our future stars, and we are very grateful to have programs like this and for Markel’s continued support.”

Fashion Designer OLD, owned by Martin Sosnoff and Dr. Cesar Parra, will be competed at Developing Prix St Georges level by Parra. The Oldenburg (Faustinus/DeNiro) gelding earned 75.66 percent at his last show in Florida. “He will probably do one more qualifier in July to tune up for the Championships,” Riley expects.

Also in Developing Prix St. Georges, Riley will ride Toy Story, a Dutch (Trento B/Jazz) gelding owned by Heather Hornor. Toy Story’s strong Prix St. Georges debut at his last Florida show this season earned him a 71.90 percent. “We will compete him locally in June and do one more qualifier in July to prep for the Championships,” Riley says of her mount.

Also keeping Piaffe Performance busy will be an exciting entry in the Five-Year-Old division, Don Cesar, owned by Dr. Cesar Parra and Marcela Ortiz Parra. The Westphalian (Desperados/Manhattan) gelding earned 84.4 percent in his Young Horse 5 Year Olds FEI Test Finale in Florida in April, and will also be competed locally through the summer in preparation for the August limelight at Lamplight.

Coming off one of its strongest winter seasons ever at the competitive Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Piaffe Performance and Cesar Parra have returned to summer operations out of Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, where another rainbow of ribbons – especially blue – are already accumulating. Next, the team will be aiming for gold with their young horses in August.

Piaffe Performance is always open to welcoming new dressage riders to its winning team. To learn more about Dr. Parra, Katie Riley, and Piaffe Performance horses, training, lessons, and sales services, please visit www.piaffe-performance.com.

Contact: Dr. Cesar Parra
Piaffe-Performance Farm
(410) 977-8352
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