Dr. Cesar Parra Chosen for Pan-American Games Team
House Station, New Jersey Dr. Cesar Parras domination
of the Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire FEI classes at prestigious
CDI shows in Florida and New Jersey has resulted in a berth on Colombias
Pan-American Games team. With scores routinely above 70%, Parra
and Horses Unlimiteds imported Hanoverian stallion Pik L will
give the favored American team a run for their money in August in
the Dominican Republic.
Cesar Parra and Horses Unlimiteds Pik L will compete at the
copyright by Terri Miller
L and Parra have been together for about 18 months and have matured
into a consistent team. At this point in our relationship
I can really rely on Pik L, said Parra. Not only can
he do all of the movements very easily, he can add a lot of brilliance.
The judges have agreed. Top European and North American judges have
rewarded the pair with scores above 70%, resulting in FEI High Score
awards at the US Freestyle Championship show, the Palm Beach Dressage
Derby and the Port Jervis CDI.
will be Parras second trip to the Pan-American Games; in 1999
he helped his team win a silver medal. My goal would be to
do at least as well as we did at the last Pan-Am Games and perhaps
also medal as an individual, Parra said. The USDF Gold Medalist
and member of the International Dressage Trainers Club has
more than 300 FEI wins.
was at the top of the Colombian dressage community in 1995 when
he was discovered by FEI O judge Linda Zang, who helped
arrange for Parra to study in Germany with Herbert Rehbein. The
three years of intensive study in Germany culminated in the Pan-Am
Games medal and the 1999 Colombian Athlete of the Year. Shortly
after this success, Parra moved his family to the United States
to escape threats of kidnapping by Colombian guerillas. The result
of the move is Parras thriving business Piaffe Performance,
a training and coaching establishment with a devoted following of
successful Young Rider and Amateur students.
of Parras students will join him in competing at the Pan-American
Games. Fellow countryman Cesar Torrente will ride Parras Adonis,
a German Hanoverian that Parra has successfully shown and trained
through grand prix. With Parra coaching, Torrente and Adonis earned
a 68.5% to win the FEI PSG at the recent Middlesex Dressage show
in New Jersey.
additional Pan-American Games team members are also calling Parra
their coach. Gabriel Armando will represent Argentina and Eduardo
Munos will join Parra on the Colombian team. Parra explained, Watching
a student win a big class is almost as much of a thrill as winning