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Dr. Cesar Parra Debuts New Training Tools at Clinic Hosted by Chimney Hill Farm¬

WELLINGTON, FL - September 24, 2008 - Dr. Cesar Parra, a veteran competitor at the Olympic Games, World Equestrian Games, and World Cup Finals, is a sought-after clinician who teaches more than a dozen clinics each year across the United States and Canada. From his Performance Farm, a training and coaching operation in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, and Jupiter, Florida, Dr. Parra travels extensively to present his classic dressage training methods to juniors, young riders, adult amateurs, and professionals. Most recently, Dr. Parra presented a two-day clinic, September 5-6, 2008, at Chimney Hill Farm in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The farm's owner, Sharon Brandes Myers, has presented clinics by Dr. Parra for seven consecutive years, often hosting up to six clinics each year with the renowned rider and trainer.

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"The first clinic we had with Dr. Parra was a real eye-opener," said Myers. "All of us realized that we had holes in our education. He's a very dynamic teacher. " Myers scheduled Dr. Parra at Chimney Hill Farm regularly and has always made the sessions open to the public. Myers noted, "There was never any doubt - this is the path I wanted to take."

The September 5-6, 2008, clinic at Chimney Hill Farm hosted eight horse-and-rider combinations and approximately 30 auditors. Dr. Parra debuted a new approach that made the clinic more interesting and informative for riders and auditors alike. To support his teaching, he used a series of diagrams that show the outline of the frame of the horse.¬ Auditors could compare the diagrams to the real life examples of the horses and riders participating and riders had a clear visual aid as to how Dr. Parra wanted their horses in the warm-up phase, the phase of beginning collection, and then true collection.

Dr. Parra taught mounted lessons individually and also included auditors in the work by addressing important information to them and answering questions. He focused on the progression of the horse's frame during the ride, starting with relaxed, long and low work to stretch the back muscles, and then developed more contact and engagement behind while keeping the poll at its highest point. "When the horses are ridden in this way we are being more fair to them by really allowing their back muscles to warm up properly," Dr. Parra explained. Dr. Parra worked with young horses and older mounts, gearing the work to each horse's level from walk/trot to upper level exercises in lateral work and tempis.

Dr. Parra presented an evening lecture at the wine and cheese party hosted by Chimney Hill Farm. He focused the lecture on the horse's neck and illustrated his points by passing around drawings of the horse's frame as it progresses during the ride, cementing the ideas he had shown the clinic participants in the arena during the day. "The use of the visual aid really made an impact on the riders and auditors and seemed to give them a more clear idea of what I was asking of the horses," remarked Dr. Parra. "I am going to have to bring these drawings to all of my clinics." Dr. Parra praised the clinic's organizer, Sharon Brandes Myers, saying, "This was the first time we had done a wine and cheese party with a question and answer session and I think it was very helpful to clear up any lingering questions. I am grateful that Sharon thought of this super idea." During the question-and-answer session, Dr. Parra fielded queries that ranged from riding to the pricing of European prospects.

Dr. Parra completed the clinic the following day with arena work. It was apparent to riders and auditors that every combination made improvements in their performances during the two-day clinic.

"He really drives home the basics," said Myers. "Some of us have been riding with Dr. Parra for a long time and follow his methods, so the difference in our riding is more polish. With the new riders and new horses, the difference in their performance on the first day was amazing. By the second day, it was incredible."

Myers attributes the success of the clinics at Chimney Hill Farm to Dr. Parra's methods. "Dr. Parra is very quiet and in tune to each horse and rider," Myers explained. "He can assess their abilities within the first five minutes of the lesson, and then he pushes them out of their comfort zone. First and foremost, he keeps the horse relaxed. The new people were amazed by how much they accomplished and how easy it was. That's the sign of a good teacher. Dr. Parra is just amazing as a clinician."

Dr. Cesar Parra Clinic Schedule

Dr. Parra teaches regular clinics at the locations listed below. Please contact the person listed under the location for the most up-to-date information.

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April 3-4, 2008

Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Contact: Sharon Brandes Myers

Phone: (301) 627-8873

email: chimhill@ix.netcom.com

April 11-13, 2008

Isabella Farms

Cypress, Texas

Contacts: Dawn Kittel

Phone: Direct: (281) 352-0944

Phone: Office: (281) 955-8200

May 2-3, 2008

Middleboro, Massachusetts

Contact: Ellie Coletti

Phone: (781) 789-3016

email: ecoletti@comcast.net

May 13-14, 2008

Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Contact: Sharon Brandes Myers

Phone: (301) 627-8873

email: chimhill@ix.netcom.com

June 17, 2008

Perrineville, New Jersey

Contact: Lisa Marie Post

Phone: (732) 786-9015

email: chestnutridge@optonline.net

June 26-27, 2008

Seattle, Washington

Havilah Equestrian Center

email: hec@skynetbb.com

July 2-3, 2008

Middleboro, Massachusetts

Contact: Ellie Coletti

Phone: (781) 789-3016

email: ecoletti@comcast.net

July 16-17, 2008

Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Contact: Sharon Brandes Myers

Phone: (301) 627-8873

email: chimhill@ix.netcom.com

August 7-8, 2008

Indianapolis, Indiana

Contact: Jennifer Conour

Phone: (317) 339-9130

email: jennifer@indy.rr.com

August 20-21, 2008

Middleboro, Massachusetts

Contact: Ellie Coletti

Phone: (781) 789-3016

email: ecoletti@comcast.net

September 5-6, 2008

Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Contact: Sharon Brandes Myers

Phone: (301) 627-8873

email: chimhill@ix.netcom.com

October 17-19, 2008

Middleboro, Massachusetts

Contact: Ellie Coletti

Phone: (781) 789-3016

email: ecoletti@comcast.net

November 12-13, 2008

Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Contact: Sharon Brandes Myers

Phone: (301) 627-8873

email: chimhill@ix.netcom.com

November 19-20, 2008 (tentative)

Indianapolis, Indiana

Contact: Jennifer Conour

Phone: (317) 339-9130

email: jennifer@indy.rr.com

Dr. Cesar Parra Contact Information

For more information or to set up a clinic, visit http://www.piaffe-performance.com or contact Dr. Parra at:

Performance Farm (April-November)

14 Shade Lane

Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889

Barn Phone: (908) 534-4700

Home Phone: (908) 534-6350

Home Fax: (908) 534-8698

Email: drcesarparra@msn.com

Performance Farm (December-March)¬

18238 128th Trail North¬

Jupiter, FL 33478

Home Phone (561) 747-3533

Home Fax (561) 747-3533

Barn (561) 748-1472

Fax: (561) 743-2143

Email: drcesarparra@msn.com

 

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