shot of Galant du Serein
Cesar Parra Qualifies for 2004 Olympic Games
FloridaDr. Cesar Parra has qualified for the 2004 Olympic
Games in Athens with two horses. He survived a rigorous qualification
process to earn a coveted spot as an individual dressage rider.
Dr. Parra rode Galant du Serein to a score of 68.333% and
Leonberg to a 67.9%. Both stallions are owned by Horses Unlimited,
a premiere American breeding establishment.
cannot describe my excitement, Dr. Parra said. This
is truly a dream come true. Parra has competed internationally
before, but this will be his first Olympics. He was the 1999 Pan
American Team Silver Medalist as well as fourth place individually
at the 2003 Pan American Games. In 2002, Parra rode in his first
World Championships in Jerez, Spain. Parra is a United States Dressage
Federation Gold Medalist. A rider works all his life for the
opportunity to compete at the Olympics, Dr. Parra said. Im
so grateful for every one who has made this possible. Getting to
the Olympics requires a lot of support, patience and faith from
a lot of people, especially the stallions owner, Anne Whitten.
Parra earned one of only a few individual spots and will represent
Colombia. Only 50 horses will compete in dressage in Athens; 40
of which are team horses, leaving only ten spots available for individuals.
Dr. Parra was evaluated by FEI judge and President of the FEI Dressage,
Mariette Withages, as per the International Olympic Committee specifications.
prepare for the tough competition he will face in Athens, Dr. Parra
will work extensively with both horses in the coming months, including
a trip to Europe. Dr. Parra has received an invitation to compete
at the prestigious Aachen horse show in Germany and may use that
show as a precursor to the Olympics. The last few years have
been amazing, Dr. Parra said. And it just keeps getting
better. On to Athens.
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