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Another Year in the Ribbons for Piaffe Performance at Dressage at Devon

Cesar Parra aboard Don Cesar (Stacy Lynne Photography)

Devon, PA (October 11, 2016) – After a successful outing at the 2016 Markel/USEF Young and Developing Dressage Horse National Championships, Piaffe Performance Farm’s founder and owner Dr. Cesar Parra and his team had even greater results at the 41st annual Dressage at Devon horse show. The competition was held in Devon, Pennsylvania on September 27 – October 2, 2016. Piaffe Performance took a one-two finish in the FEI Young Horse Test for Six-Year-Olds division, where Parra captured two wins aboard his wife’s Don Cesar. Young Rider Rodrigo Encinas Fuentes and Dakhir were not far behind their coach, taking the reserve title.

Don Cesar, the Westphalian gelding owned by Marcela Ortiz Parra, was certainly on top of his game in the Dixon Oval. “Don Cesar finished up his six-year-old career in style with two wins at Devon,” said Parra, expressing pride for the talented horse that Don Cesar has blossomed into. Parra feels that success is something made from the efforts of many, and is grateful for his entire team that has worked hard all year at the Piaffe Performance facilities in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, and Jupiter, Florida. “I’m thankful for my wife, Marcela Ortiz, who owns Don Cesar; for Jen Mandracia for all the love and care she gives to my horses; for Katie Riley for being my eyes on the ground; and for my whole team. They’re really the best. Devon was amazing like always – challenging weather but great times with great friends!”

Rodrigo Encinas Fuentes and Dakhir, a chestnut Hanoverian gelding owned by Nicoletta Ghribi of GK Horses, came in reserve behind Don Cesar. “I’m so grateful to the Ghribi family for all the support and trust I’ve received,” said Fuentes. “And of course I have to thank Cesar Parra for all the coaching and support. Without him, this would not be possible.”

Fuentes also captured a reserve and fourth place in the FEI Young Riders Prix St. Georges Team division aboard seven-year-old Belle Ami, a Westphalian owned by Brooke Centrella, George Feldman, and Parra.

In addition, Kathleen Riley, one of the founding members of Piaffe Performance, racked up notable ribbons with Kingston, a nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding. Riley and Kingston placed second in both Open Fourth Level classes, scoring as high as 70.27 percent. Riley also started the career of the future superstar Sir Beckmann in the USEF Four-Year-Old Test. “What talented stars they are!” said Riley of her two mounts. “The support of the Piaffe Performance Farm team, both at the show and at home, was amazing. I’m thankful to all of our friends who traveled from all over to support us!”

Roberto Brasil and Equiventure LLC’s Lome added to Piaffe Performance’s ribbon haul, earning a reserve in the Open Fourth Level class. “What an amazing way to finish the 2016 season,” said Brasil.

Piaffe Performance’s Merita Hagren and Don Perygnon, a 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Martin Sosnoff, were not to be outdone as they tackled Dressage at Devon, placing second and third in their classes. “One of my dreams came true when I rode the CDI U25 Grand Prix at Dressage at Devon. What a pleasure to ride this amazing horse, who was super the whole week,” Hagren said.

Additionally, Parra’s student and owner of Lucky Shoe Farm, Kathryn Mills, captured a second, third, and fourth in Open Fourth Level aboard her own Fabiano. “Riding in the Dixon Oval has been a dream of mine, and this Thursday it became real. I found myself a bit emotional during my final salute, realizing I was living a dream. As I have learned and as I teach: open your mind, listen to your trainer, and trust the program. And always push past the comfort zone. Take a risk, and love every ride,” Mills said.

Piaffe Performance’s meticulous training with high-performance dressage horses certainly paid off this year at Dressage at Devon. Parra is an Olympian and Pan American Games Dressage Team Gold Medalist, and he leads a team that strives to correctly judge the various stages of a horse’s mental and physical development in order to help each individual horse progress up the levels. Piaffe Performance produces horses and riders that have earned numerous prestigious accolades nationally and internationally.

To be a part of the Piaffe Performance winning tradition, visit www.piaffe-performance.com.

Contact: Dr. Cesar Parra
Piaffe-Performance Farm
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Two-Tempi Challenge Mixes It Up for Dressage at Devon

Allison Kavey aboard QueBa HM (Photo courtesy of Stacy Lynne Wendkos)

Devon, PA (October 7, 2016) — Take one iconic Dressage at Devon horseshow, stir in two high-performance dressage riders, fold in a worthy cause, and you have the perfect recipe for success with The Dressage Federation Two-Tempi Challenge presented by the Horse of Course

Dressage at Devon’s Dixon Oval set the stage for The Dressage Foundation’s Two-Tempi Challenge presented by The Horse of Course on September 30. The Two-Tempi Challenge is a year-long event that supports The Dressage Foundation’s mission of advancing the sport of dressage in the United States. Riders are sponsored to compete at events like Dressage at Devon, or through online video submissions, to see how many two-tempis they can perform. They pledge a dollar amount for each two-tempi and donate proceeds to The Dressage Foundation.

Riders Allison Kavey and Ellie Rawle stepped up for the challenge at Dressage at Devon. Kavey, from Rivendell Dressage in Millbrook, New York, competed on QueBa HM, a Lusitano stallion owned by Andrea Woodner. Rawle, of Watermark Farm in Oxford, Pennsylvania, rode Wakanda WF, an 11-year-old American Warmblood mare owned by Anne M. Rawle. When the dust settled, Kavey was the victor with 45 consecutive two-tempi changes.

“QueBa and I managed 45 twos, and we had a terrific time doing it,” Kavey said. “The Dixon Oval is gorgeous at night, and it was a treat to be there for such a great cause. According to The Dressage Foundation’s website, QueBa and I are third in the country with our 45 twos and first for Region 8!”

Rawle was a last-minute addition to the Two-Tempi Challenge and was thrilled to participate. “It was on my bucket list for the year,” she said. “Now that I understand what the procedure is, I am confident that I would love to be a part of the Two-Tempi Challenge in the future! I love changes and so do my horses!”

The Two-Tempi Challenge, presented by The Horse of Course, is a regional and national competition to raise funds for The Dressage Foundation. Each rider works with an individual, GMO, stable, or group of dressage friends willing to make a pledge for each two-tempi change performed. All donations are used to support the Foundation’s programs, grants, and scholarships.

“Thanks to everyone who pledged and stayed to watch in the chilly fall weather!” Kavey said. “I’m grateful also to Beth and Marty Haist of The Horse of Course for sponsoring this terrific event.”

The Horse of Course, Inc., led by CEO Beth Haist, has a long history of supporting dressage, including partnering with The Dressage Foundation. Haist enthusiastically supports the Two-Tempi Challenge as a fun way for everyone to get involved and raise money for a worthy cause. “I am so proud to sponsor The Dressage Foundation’s Two-Tempi Challenge, and we hope to inspire riders from all over the country to get their cameras out and submit their Two-Tempi Challenge videos or compete at a recognized Two-Tempi Challenge event like the one at Devon,” she said. To learn more about The Dressage Foundation’s Two-Tempi Challenge, go to www.dressagefoundation.org/two-tempi-challenge.html.

The Horse of Course, based in Claremore, Oklahoma, not only proudly supports dressage through The Dressage Foundation and The Two-Tempi Challenge, but also travels to dressage shows throughout the U.S. in mobile units to bring quality brands and exceptional service to riders across the country. The Horse of Course carries the latest in equestrian fashion and top-of-the-line equipment, as well as those last-minute accessories or forgotten supplies necessary at a competition.

Riders can not only find the latest in fashion with help in finding the most flattering styles, but they can also receive expert advice about horse tack from the company’s knowledgeable staff. The Horse of Course excels in suggesting the perfectly fitting bit for each horse, and offers professional saddle fitting, flocking, and repair services that are well regarded in the dressage world. To explore the products and services at The Horse of Course, visit www.TheHorseofCourse.com or call 1-800-494-6773. Be sure to also like the company on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thehorseofcourseinc/?fref=ts.

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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

Focus on the Fundamentals and Teamwork Brings Results at Dressage at Devon CDI

Katie Riley and Toy Story (left) and Dr. Cesar Parra and Fiderhit OLD at Dressage at Devon. (Photo courtesy of Mark Vigna)

Devon, PA (October 8, 2014) — “Devon is one of, if not my favorite, show. The electric atmosphere and consistent quality of horses and riders it attracts makes it really special. And this year was no exception,” said Dr. Cesar Parra of Piaffe Performance Farm at the conclusion of yet another successful year at Dressage at Devon. Piaffe Performance’s team of horses, riders, trainers, and owners proved that strong basics and a focus on teamwork make for success at the prestigious show held September 23-28, 2014 in Devon, Pennsylvania. With Parra and his trainers racking up wins across divisions and their students competing successfully at one of the most prestigious dressage competitions in the US, Piaffe Performance’s horses bloomed in the arena of the Dixon Oval.

“Michael and Sarah Davis’s Fiderhit OLD and Simply Nymphenburg were both amazing, winning each class I rode them in,” Parra said. Fiderhit OLD, a 16.3-hand black Oldenburg mare, brought Parra two wins in the FEI Young Horse Final for 6-Year-Olds Open division. The pair scored 78.200 percent on Thursday September 25, and an 80.600 percent on Friday.

Simply Nymphenburg returned to Devon, where he had won the Young Horse Championship as a 6-year-old, and again enjoyed great success now as an 8-year-old competing at Fourth Level. In the USEF Fourth Level Test 1 Open division on Friday, Parra and the magnificent Hanoverian scored 68.857 percent, earning another first place. The pair raked in two more wins on Saturday and Sunday in the USEF Fourth Level Test 2 Open division, with consecutive scores of 71.486 percent and 70.225 percent.

As is typical of Parra’s character, his thoughts at the close of Dressage at Devon were dominated not by his own five wins but by pride for the members of his Piaffe Performance Farm Team — equestrians and equine athletes alike. Katie Riley — a founding member of the Piaffe Performance Farm Team — rode Toy Story, a Dutch Warmblood Gelding owned by Heather Hornor, to great success, earning first place in the USEF Fourth Level Test 2 with a score of 69.932 percent. Riley and Toy Story placed second to Parra in Sunday’s class.

Piaffe Performance’s talented Carlos Munoz rode Mauricio Sanchez’s First Fisherman to second place on both Saturday and Sunday in the classes FEI Intermediaire “A” Open CDI3* and FEI Intermediaire “B” Open CDI3*.

Additional Piaffe Performance riders completed the successful weekend with strong performances. “Nadine and Stephen both did us proud with beautiful riding. And I had a blast helping Heather Mendiburu with her beautiful mare Happy – what a great partnership they have and a bright future!”

Parra and his team were all smiles as they headed back to Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, where Piaffe Performance Farm is based during the summer. “I would like to be sure to thank all of the owners of all the horses for all of their support,” Parra said. “And also to all of our sponsors: Trilogy Saddles/Performance Saddlery, Arenus Equine, Cavalleria Toscana, Diane Sasscer, The Dressage Connection, Cold-Flex, StemEquine, and Nobody’s Business Farm. We are very grateful to all of you!”

Parra doesn’t plan to take time to rest before continuing to educate riders and horses to transform them into winners. “Now I will be traveling to give clinics throughout the world, and before we know it we will be packing for Florida. So now is the time to reserve your stalls for Florida! Come join us in the sunshine.”

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

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

Dr. Cesar Parra and His Piaffe-Performance Team Win Big at Dressage at Devon

Nicholas Torres Rodriguez and Silver Label won the FEI Junior Individual Test as well as the FEI Junior Freestyle. (Photos: SusanJStickle.com)

Devon, PA (October 16, 2012) – The team at Piaffe-Performance Farms, owned by dressage trainer Dr. Cesar Parra, stepped up their game during the 2012 Dressage at Devon CDI, taking home numerous wins in various classes.  It is a trend they plan to continue throughout the end of this year and into the 2013 Florida winter circuit.  Devon was a banner show for Dr. Cesar Parra, who with his mount Simply Nymphenburg rode away with the win in the 6-Year-Old Division of the FEI Young Horse Finals and the overall high score for the young horse competition with an impressive score of 84.200.  Parra’s students were also in the ribbons at Dressage at Devon, as Nicholas Torres Rodriguez and Barbara “Bebe” Davis each took home honors at the prestigious show.

Ridden and trained by Parra, Simply Nymphenburg (Sir Donnerhall I x Weltmeyer) is a 17.2 Hanoverian gelding owned by Michael and Sarah Davis. Prior to Devon, Parra and Simply Nymphenburg took the Reserve Championship in the 6-Year-Old Division at the Young Horse Dressage Championships. “Simply is maturing well and improving every day,” said Parra. “I look forward to the future with him, continuing to advance his training and hopefully take him to the FEI level.”

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Simply Nymphenburg Named Grand Champion FEI 6-Year-Old in Young Horse Finals

Cesar Parra and Simply Nymphenburg won the Five-Year-Old division of the FEI Young Horse Finals at Dressage at Devon. (Photo courtesy of SusanJStickle.com)

Devon, PA (September 28, 2012) – Simply Nymphenburg, a striking 17.2 Hanoverian gelding, outshone the competition in the 6-Year-Old division in the FEI Young Horse Finals at Dressage at Devon, taking the Grand Champion title with an impressive score of 80.60%.  Ridden and trained by Dr. Cesar Parra of Piaffe Performance Farm and owned by Michael and Sarah Davis, Simply Nymphenburg (Sir Donnerhall I x Weltmeyer) is fresh off a Reserve Championship finish in the 6-Year-Old division at the Young Horse Dressage Championships, and his improvement was evident in his performance at Dressage at Devon. Reserve Champion in the 6-Year-Old division went to Lars Petersen and Rohannah with a 78.2% and in third were Inga Hamilton and Fabregas with a 76.6%.

“Simply was fantastic,” said Dr. Parra.  “He has improved so much since the Young Horse Championships; he was a bit nervous as it was his first time under the lights, but he was always listening and always on the aids.  We are thrilled to have received such an excellent score from a judge of Stephan Clark’s caliber and in such a competitive class.”  Simply and Dr. Parra received an 8.5 for their trot and an 8 for their walk, for an overall total of 80.60%.  Simply Nymphenburg is no stranger to top placings against stiff competition as he took the bronze in the 5-Year-Old division during the 2011 Bundeschampionate in Germany.  “Simply is maturing well and improving every day,” said Parra.  “I look forward to the future with him, to continuing to advance his training and hopefully take him to the FEI level.”

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Dressage at Devon to Focus on Capital Campaign and Dressage Education in 2012

Devon, PA (January 2, 2012) – America’s most prestigious Dressage Horse Show, Dressage at Devon has continued to grow and evolve over the past 37 years. The show has provided a top show venue for competitors, a unique “Norman Rockwell” style American shopping venue and has benefited various charities over the years. Over the past 21 years, Thorncroft Equestrian Center has been the charitable beneficiary of the Dressage at Devon horse show. This month Thorncroft Equestrian Center opted to move in a new direction for their fundraising efforts giving Dressage at Devon an opportunity to focus on the capital campaign allocating proceeds from the show to continued improvements at the show grounds and to focus on dressage education.

“It is a great time for Dressage at Devon to give even more back to the sport,” said Lori Kaminski, President of the Dressage at Devon Board of Directors. “Dressage at Devon has decided to take this opportunity to focus on our mission statement of producing a world class dressage and dressage sport horse breeding show, promoting the sport of dressage, and supporting dressage education. We have already initiated a capital campaign along with the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Foundation to raise the funds needed to excavate and rebuild the schooling arena using the same high quality footing that has already been installed in the competition arenas. This improvement will include the necessary drainage and provide a safer environment for horses, riders, and handlers. Educational sessions for dressage judges and dressage sport horse judges are in the planning stages for 2012 and we are currently in the process of identifying the topics and presenters for the Wednesday evening forum and the weekend mini seminars.”

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Brazilian Lusitano Stallion Wins Interagro Lusitanos High Score Lusitano Award at Dressage at Devon

Nancy Himmelblau and Suplicio Da Roposa won the High Point Lusitano Award at Dressage at Devon. Todd Grace, a U.S. representative for Interagro Lusitanos, presented Himmelblau with her award. (Photo courtesy of JRPR)

Devon, PA (October 17, 2011) – Suplicio Da Roposa, a gorgeous 12-year-old Lusitano stallion owned by Nancy Himmelblau, captured the High Score Lusitano Award during the prestigious Dressage at Devon Horse Show. Sponsored by Interagro Lusitanos, the largest breeder and exporter of Lusitano horses in the world, the High Score Lusitano Award recognizes the highest scoring Lusitano during dressage competitions and highlights the dynamic and competitive Lusitano breed.  Suplicio earned a 73.7% in the Iberian Horse class in the Breed Division with Bruce Griffin.

Himmelblau, from Somerset, New Jersey, was thrilled with her stallion’s performance as well as the fact that he rode away with the Lusitano High Score Award. “This was his second time to compete at Devon, but his first time in the Iberian Breed class,” she said. “I train with Suzanne Marshall and she is the one who introduced me to the breed.”

Marshall, who was at Devon with Himmelblau, said she knew Suplicio as a five-year-old in Brazil. “When we went to Brazil to look for a horse for Nancy, I was shocked to find out that Suplicio was for sale,” Marshall said. “The Lusitano horse chooses its owner, and after Nancy rode him he didn’t want her to leave the ring. He chose her.”

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A Week of Poetry in Motion Concludes at Dressage at Devon

October 2, 2011 (Devon, PA) – More than 35,000 spectators enjoyed the equine entertainment and education provided by more than 700 horses (and their riders) at this year’s Dressage at Devon.

Tuesday through Thursday featured the breed division in which young horses, from weanlings to six-year-olds, shown both in-hand and under saddle, had their day in the sun (or in the rain depending on the time of day).  Friskiness dominated the younger classes as their handlers worked hard to show off their charges.

The open breed class – the largest in the world – featured many of the horses that are likely to become the dressage stars of the future. Stunning young horses that wowed the crowd included Radiance HVBH, a Hanoverian by Rotspon out of EM Whitney claimed the USDF/Great American Insurance Group Mare Championships; Innverness, by Parabol out of Parelex who won the Stallions 4 Years and Older and Felix, a 4-year-old Oldenberby who won the Materiale Champtionship after coming in second in the USEF Materiale 4 and 5 Year Old Stallions and Gelding class.  EM Rheporter, by Shakespeare RSF, meeting stiff competition, earned first place in both the Mare Championship and the Mature Horse Championship.

It goes without saying that the people at Dressage at Devon love horses. But then there are breeders who have chosen to specialize in a particular breed.  Each has their own reasons for their choice and each is passionate. The individual classes showed off the beauty of 20 breeds including the Warmblood Horse of Trakehner Origin, the German Oldenburg Verband, Morgan, Rheinland Pfalz-Saar International, Haflinger and Cleveland Bay.

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Wizard Conjures Up His Second Grand Prix Win at Dressage at Devon

Adrienne Lyle and Wizard

October 1, 2011 (Devon, PA) – Dressage enthusiasts wait all year for Dressage at Devon where professional riders from around the world compete in the Dixon Oval and Gold Ring. Eagerly awaited, however, is the talent and experience shown in the Saturday classes – providing the standards for which dressage riders strive.

The Next Generation

Tanya Strasser-Shostak, from St. Adele Canada, and her 6-year-old Reserve Champion Oldenburg stallion, Cappuccino Tyme, teamed for a win in the FEI Pony Team Test CDN. This test, among other things, challenges rider and pony with a six-loop serpentine on a counter canter. A family affair, Tanya’s mother Evi Strasser bought Cappuccino Tyme when he was three and has worked with Tanya to help her train him. Given his youth, Tanya was pleased with Cappucino Tyme’s performance and ability to focus despite the distractions of Devon. “He was really good considering this was his first big show,” she said.

Other juniors had also had their day. Nicolas Torres Rodriguez, originally from Columbia, executed a blue-ribbon ride on Silver Label, a 14-year-old Swedish Warmblood owned by Michael Shondel. The gray gelding is by Rambo out of Nicca.  “It’s fantastic to be here and to win. It’s beyond what I expected,” said Rodriguez, smiling.

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