Carlos Munoz and the Piaffe Performance Team Ride to Success at Wellington Classic Dressage Sunshine Challenge
Wellington, FL (February 14, 2013) – Dr. Cesar Parra has coached yet another Piaffe Performance Team rider to the top of their game. Carlos Munoz and his mount, Klouseau, took first place in the Intermediere I Freestyle at the Wellington Classic Dressage Sunshine Challenge, held in conjunction with the World Dressage Masters, claiming victory in his very first CDI level show. “I couldn’t be happier,” Munoz said about the win, “This is the best reward for all the years of hard training. It’s definitely worth it!” Munoz and Klouseau, a 12-year-old Trakehner by Charly Chaplin, scored a 70.4% to ride away with the blue ribbon in the class. The music for the ride, selected by Munoz himself, helped set the stage for a powerful battle, driving the team on to an emotional and victorious performance, of which everyone watching could feel they were a part.
Parra was equally proud of Munoz’s success. “Since the first time I saw Carlos on a horse, I knew he was special,” describes Parra, “He has all it takes to build his future as an international professional rider. He’s super talented, and also a very nice person! Carlos is a very important part of my team and I’m grateful to have him working with me. I am so proud of him and everything he’s accomplishing.” Parra continues, “Carlos’ win proves what can be accomplished with hard work and having confidence in your horse, in your trainer, and your whole team. This victory is the result of constant training and trusting in how much we can do together. Good work always brings great results.”
Parra’s words proved to be true with the other Piaffe-Performance Team riders pulling in great results at the WDM as well. Nicolas Torres Rodriquez, and his horse, Silver Label, placed second in the Junior Young Rider Individual Test and took another second in the JYR Freestyle. Dominique Cassavetis and Charming Princess placed fourth in the FEI Young Rider Individual Test along with taking second place in the YR Freestyle. Bebe Davis got a first and second in the FEI Pony Team and Individual Test winning on Bohdjan the first day and Poldy 10 the second day. Katie Riley won the FEI Test of Choice with Zanzibar, and also took third and forth in the FEI TOC on Sunday with Beethoven (69.013%) and Zanzibar. Also, Diana Rey and Toy Story placed first and second at their first horse show together!
For more information on Parra or Piaffe-Performance visit their website at www.piaffe-performance.com.
Photo: Carlos Munoz and Klouseau at the Wellington Classic Dressage Sunshine Challenge CDI-W, which is held in conjunction with the World Dressage Masters CDI 5*. (Photo courtesy of Karen Blank)
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