Dr. Cesar Parra

November 24, 2009
Hubertus Schmidt, Grandioso, and Katie Riley
German Dressage great Hubertus Schmidt on Grandioso with Piaffe-Performance’s senior trainer, Katie Riley. Photo courtesy of Piaffe-Performance

Whitehouse Station, NJ (November 19, 2009) International dressage rider Dr. Cesar Parra is staying busy following his phenomenal success at Dressage at Devon and the New England Dressage Association Fall shows by doing what he does best – training, teaching and riding. Parra, who owns Piaffe-Performance farm with locations in New Jersey and Florida, not only has a booked clinic schedule, but recently spent time working with German dressage great, Hubertus Schmidt.

“We were very blessed to welcome Hubertus Schmidt back to Performance farm,” Parra said. “It was an amazing couple of days, watching him ride and getting help from such a world class master. He helped me tremendously by riding Grandioso and then made a plan of how to go forward with him.”

Grandioso, a well-known Westfalen gelding formerly owned by Jason Canton, has been purchased by Piaffe-Performance rider Michael Davis with the hope of Parra representing the United States on the celebrated horse. Parra, who recently became a United States citizen, is looking forward to his new equine partnership.

“I am very excited and just in the last five weeks Grandioso has made a huge jump forward as we get to know each other better,” Parra said. “Hubertus helped me tremendously with Grandioso and I am so grateful to have his help as I truly believe he is the best in the world.”

As a highly sought-after clinician, Parra maintains a busy teaching schedule, offering clinics both nationally and internationally. “I taught several clinics in Raleigh, North Carolina, recently and also traveled to Colombia, South America, to give a clinic,” Parra said. “I also enjoyed giving a clinic at the Savannah College of Art and Design and next month I will travel to Texas.”

For more information on Parra or Piaffe-Performance, visit Parra’s website at