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Dr. Cesar Parra and Galant du Serein Win FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 3*
at Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic CDI3* CDIY
Dr. Cesar Parra and Galant du Serein
Mary Hilton for Phelps Media Group, Inc., International
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WELLINGTON, FL - March 19, 2006 - Colombia's Dr. Cesar Parra of
Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, riding his 2004 Athens Olympic Games
mount Galant du Serein won the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 3* at the
Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic CDI3* CDIY in Wellington,
Florida, today. The duo bested a class of 15 horses with a score of
71.925%. Horses Unlimited based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, owns the
12-year-old Selle Francais stallion by Apache D'Adriers out of Sojoreat.
Katherine Bateson Chandler aboard the Olympic veteran FBW Kennedy for
owner Jane Forbes Clarke placed second, earning a score of 71.10%.
Canada's Jacqueline Brooks riding Gran Gesto, her Team Silver mount at
the 2003 Pan Am Games, claimed third scoring 70.75%.
Parra said that what he liked most about his horse's performance today
was that the big, 17.2-hand bay stallion was much fresher and more
attentive to his leg. Parra explained that Galant du Serein (known as
'Tiny') had lately been leaving his best performance in the warm-up ring
- but not today. "He was willing and he was happy," Parra pointed out.
"Sometimes in the pirouette he was not right on and that dropped the
score a little bit. I thought it was going to be a better score. But I'm
very happy with it. For me it's a dream because it has been a lot of
work with this horse. He's a breeding stallion, and he's not so easy,
but now it all came out great and I'm very, very excited." Parra also
noted that he particularly liked the stallion's consistency in the
The scores for the freestyle were very close, with two of the five
judges placing Parra first, two having Bateson-Chandler first, and one
marking Brooks highest. "The competition was tough. The judging is
very good and last night we saw it with the League Final," Parra noted,
referring to last night's U.S. League Final, the official selection for
the World Cup held at Wellington. "So having that precedent - the
scores weren't so high today. You have to ride really well in order to
deserve the points. The judging today was excellent."
Parra designed his choreography with the help of his friends and also
selected his own music, which Terry Gallo arranged for him in a nicely
segued soundtrack. "It's Colombian music," Parra said, with the featured
track entitled 'Let's Dance'. Parra explained that his method of
creating choreography was to tell a story. "A story has to start with
something a little bit dramatic but not so dramatic that it will ruin
the end. But at the end you have to say okay - and this is what we can
do." Parra noted that for his stallion, that is the piaffe. "Then we
throw in something very dramatic, which is the walk, piaffe, and walk
again, to get the people really excited and then relax again, and
excited again, and then the series of pirouettes with the changes. What
I'm trying to do is not leave blank spaces in the ring."
Parra's trainer is Hubertus Schmidt. "One of the best things I have
learned from my trainer is that you must ride every stride so you're
really working all the time and that's basically my goal," he said.
Parra assessed that the judges were rewarding a ride that was smooth and
he felt he succeeded in producing one. "It was basically a smooth ride,
all the way to the end."
Parra represented his native Colombia at the 2002 Jerez World Equestrian
Games (WEG) and is currently aiming Galant du Serein for the 2006 event
in Aachen. "My goal is to be in the World Equestrian Games and to be in
the top 20 if it's possible," Parra stated. "I think if we are in the
70s we'll be okay. We have to work for it. I don't think we're ready yet
by that's our goal."
In other CDI competition today, Caroline Roffman of Wellington, Florida,
and Bulgari 5 won the FEI Young Rider Freestyle CDIY with a score of
69.675%, topping the five-horse class. Leah Wilson aboard Amusant placed
second with 68.425%. Laura Noyes with Syncro placed third, earning
Wrapping up the CDI competition, the seemingly unbeatable Canada's
Ashley Holzer of New York, New York, and Pop Art won yet another class -
the FEI Intermediaire Freestyle CDI, topping a field of 15 horses with a
score of 74.225%. Christopher Hickey aboard Regent earned 71.075% for
second. Marco Bernal riding Halbgott scored 70.575% for third.
ZADA WEF Dressage Classic High Score Awards
In open competition at the Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic,
the following riders were awarded Champion and Reserve Champion ribbons
and prize money:
Kelly Irving, Woden, First 3, 70.00%, Champion
Teresa Butta Stanton, Unitas, First 1, 70.00%, Reserve
Bruno Greber, Amidala, Second 3, 72.766%, Champion
Krystalann Shingler, Tividor, Second 2, 69459%, Reserve
Alison Sader Larson, Palini, Third 1, 68.611%, Champion
Dr. Cesar Parra, Furst Fabio, Third 3, 68.444%, Reserve
Lauren Sammis, Sagacious, Fourth 2, 70.465%, Champion
Bill Warren, Romantic, Fourth 1, 68.837%, Reserve
For complete results, visit www.stadiumjumping.com