Dr. Cesar Parra – Six Year Old Dressage Championship
Dr. Cesar Parra (White House Station, NJ) and Michael Davis’ Simply Nymphenburg (Sir Donnerhall I-Wendy by Weltmeyer) nailed the Six-Year-Old Reserve Championship at the Markel/USEF National Young Horse Six Year Old Dressage Championships in 2012.
Dr. Parra and Davis’ Simply Nymphenburg improved on their performance from Friday at the event to take home a top score of 7.86 in the Final Test on their way to Reserve Champion honors. They scored a 7.6, 8.0, and 8.2 for their walk, trot, and canter gaits, and a 7.5 on submission and 8.0 for their general impression.
When Parra first saw the Hanoverian gelding in Germany just after Christmas last year, he knew he had stumbled onto something special. “I love my horse,” Parra said, “he’s absolutely a wonderful horse. I saw him and he was so elastic… we are always working towards FEI.”
He also maintains that programs like the Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Programs are very beneficial to US riders and horses. “I really think the programs are fantastic, we are very lucky to have them,” said Dr. Cesar Parra. “It’s the only way we can keep competing against the Europeans.” The pair finished the championships on a final score of 7.796. Parra also complimented the host facility, The Lamplight Equestrian Center, calling it a perfect venue for the championships.
“This is my first time here, and if I knew how wonderful this facility was I would have brought more horses,” said Parra, who drove to Wayne, IL to spend the week at the competition with his family.
Dr. Cesar Parra – Award-Winning Dressage2
Dr. Cesar Parra has dedicated his life to dressage. A dentist by trade, Parra’s true lifelong passion is working with horses. He founded Piaffe-Performance to specialize in the selection, showing and sale of equestrian support horses in 1999. Piaffe-Performance is also an expert resource on classical Dressage methods.
Dr. Cesar Parra continues his involvement in dressage year-round. He lives and works at his New Jersey farm from April through November, spending the winter months at his farm in Florida. Dr. Cesar Parra is an active member of several professional dressage associations, and his Piaffe-Performance riders have earned dozens of accolades over the past several years. Dr. Cesar Parra is also an award-winning rider himself, having earned the Overall High Score with his horse Lindner at the Wellington Dressage Classic Sunshine Challenge, held in conjunction with the World Dressage Masters.