Piaffe Performance: Young Talent, OLD School Style
Whitehouse Station, NJ (July 17, 2013) – There’s just something about Oldenburgs that clicks with Cesar Parra. He has had some special Oldenburgs in his riding career for sure, but the two five-year-olds that are now in the barn are showing themselves to be true future jewels of their breed: Fashion Designer OLD, co-owned by Parra and Martin Sosnoff, and Fiderhit OLD, owned by Michael and Sarah Davis.
At King Oak Dressage Days, presented by Centerline Events July 6-7 in Northampton, Massachussetts, Piaffe Performance’s Nadine Buberl and Fashion Designer OLD scored 82.80% in front of ‘S’ judges Doreen Horsey, Debby Savage and Joan Humphrey to win the FEI Five-Year-Old Qualifier for the USEF Markel Young Horse Championship, plus earned the high score of the show in their warmup class the day before.
“Nadine has been doing very well with the young horses,” says Parra. That’s almost an understatement. At an earlier Centerline Events dressage show, June 15-16 at HITS-on-the-Hudson (NY), Buberl pulled a one-two punch in USEF First Level Test 1 in front of (r) judge Susanne Hamilton, with Fashion Designer OLD, winning the class with an 82.931%. Their only real challenger was stablemate Fiderhit OLD, who was reserve at 80.345%.
“The next day in the Five Year-Old test,” Parra said, “Nadine and Fiderhit OLD won with an 81.8%, and Fashion Designer OLD was second, with a 79%.”
Both young horses have been consistently trading scores in the high seventies and low eighties. At the Memorial Weekend ESDCTA Dressage Show, Buberl and Fiderhit took the win with a 79.60% in the FEI Young Horse Final Five-Year-Old class and 76.034% in the First Level Test 1, ahead of Piaffe Performance teammates Parra on Fashion Designer OLD, and Wendy Simons on Josefina.
In March, as the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI celebrated its 30th season, the two Oldenburgs showed up and out-shone the field in the FEI Young Horse Test for 5-Year-Olds. Ridden by Buberl, and in front of their trainer, Parra, Fashion Designer scored 80.8% and Fiderhit 78% on Saturday, and traded off placings on Sunday with Fiderhit scoring 81.8% and Fashion Designer 75.8%.
The results of all these shows mean that the trip to Wayne, IL in August for the USEF Markel Young Horse Championships promises to be a fun one for Piaffe Performance. In addition to the two five-year-olds, Katie Riley will compete her nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood Zanzibar in the Developing Horse Grand Prix division.
Follow the progress of Piaffe Performance’s favorite young OLD pair and learn about other sale horses and prospects at www.piaffe-performance.com.
Photo: Nadine Buberl and Fashion Designer OLD scored an 82.8% at the King Oak Dressage Days. (Photo courtesy of Piaffe Performance)
Contact: Dr. Cesar Parra Piaffe-Performance Farm (410) 977-8352 www.piaffe-performance.com