Silver Medalist Gives Texas Young Riders the Rides of Their Lives
TX, June 12, 2003 Texas has been home to World Champion Quarter
Horses, reiners and cutters for decades, but the Olympic sport of
dressage is still in the growth stage in the Lone Star State. Yet,
Myrna Krohn has been working to improve the availability of quality
dressage instruction by bringing top clinicians from around the
world to her High Ridge Farm (30 miles south of Dallas.) The efforts
have been appreciated; riders have been driving more than 1000 miles
roundtrip to work with Pan-American Games Silver Medalist and USDF
Gold Medalist Dr. Cesar Parra, who teaches as many as four clinics
per year at High Ridge.
very tough; he expects you to ride like youre going to the
Olympics, said Krohn. But hes very enthusiastic
and he loves the sport so much. Everyone just loves riding with
him. To help the regions younger dressage enthusiasts,
Krohn recently organized a special clinic just for them. Krohn explained,
We wanted to expose our young riders to someone with Cesars
credentials and drive. Cesar graciously donated his time and we
had a wonderful response.
Games Silver Medalist Dr. Cesar Parra with (left to right) Clair
Darnell, Valerie Becker, Michelle Cavanaugh, Kacey McClain, Jacqueline
Glazer, Andreanna Stucker and Chelsea Braman
worked with horses and riders from training to fourth level on May
30 and 31 and soon had them smiling with accomplishment. Parras
approach is very classical and he demonstrated how perfecting the
basics allows the movements to just happen. With Andreanna Stucker
and her Hanoverian gelding, Parra did a lot of transitions within
the trotvery forward then to a collected trot that was almost
a walk, but always keeping the engagement of the hind legs. Not
only did the quality of the trot improve, but Stucker even got the
passage. Krohn recalled, Andys head snapped around to
look at her mom and she was grinning from ear to ear.
Darnell was another young rider that benefited from Parras
wisdom. At the beginning of the clinic Darnells mare was very
resistant and would stop and then only go sideways. Instead of asking
for Darnell to supple the mare, Parra had her send the mare forward.
Parra explained, You must always have the horse going forward.
You cannot channel the energy into movements if you do not have
the horse in front of the leg. Once the mare was forward and
began to offer submission Darnell was able to quickly progress and
she finished her clinic by doing half pirouettes at the canter.
and riders alike left the clinic with a better understanding of
what it takes to be a successful dressage rider regardless of the
level. Krohn said, The kids got to see that with the proper
work and dedication anyone can ride at the top. Cesars energy
and enthusiasm were really contagious and everyone left feeling
like they could do anything they set their minds to.
for a complete clinic schedule and www.piaffe-performance.com
for more information about Dr. Cesar Parra.