Jumper-Turned-Dressage Rider Honored by Piaffe Performance at Adequan Global Dressage Festival

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Wellington, FL (February 18, 2016) – Throughout the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Piaffe Performance Farm is recognizing successful adult amateur dressage riders for their efforts in the show ring. Dr. Cesar Parra, Pan American Games gold medalist and founder of Piaffe Performance Farms, believes that adult amateurs are the backbone of the sport, and proudly honors those riders who demonstrate excellent horsemanship and sportsmanship throughout the show. 

This past week, it was Charlene Moskowitz who caught the attention of Piaffe Performance. Not only is she a mother of five children, but she also just started riding dressage a year ago, and is now already competing successfully in Third Level classes. Parra proudly presented Moskowitz with the Piaffe Performance Adult Amateur Achievement Award official tri-colored ribbon, medal, and an engraved silver picture frame to hold a lasting memory of her award-winning ride.

After riding as a child in the jumper ring, and then having a brief stint with the Arabian Nights dinner theatre, Moskowitz left the saddle to raise her family.

“I then started riding dressage because I wanted something a bit more challenging than the jumper ring, and a little safer at the same time,” Moskowitz explained. “It is so much more challenging than the jumpers, you all make it look so easy,” she laughed.

Moskowitz now rides down centerline with her KWPN (Krack C) 16.1 hand bay gelding, Cannan. She bought Cannan through her trainer Denielle Gallagher-Legriffon only six short months ago, and the pair has been actively training ever since. 

“When I sat on him for the first time I almost cried, because he reminded me of a horse I had when I was younger who I had a great connection with,” Moskowitz recalled.

Moskowitz was thrilled to be recognized by Parra and Piaffe Performance with the Piaffe Performance Adult Amateur Achievement Award. She plans to continue competing with Cannan in Third Level, and then hopefully move to Fourth Level by the end of the 2016 show season. 

In addition to the Adult Amateur Achievement Award, Parra and Piaffe Performance sponsor the International Arena Rider Lounge and the Hospitality Tent by the National Arenas at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival show grounds. The Piaffe Performance Rider Lounges provide drinks and snacks for all levels of riders to enjoy as they relax before or after their tests.

Piaffe Performance is based out of Jupiter, Florida, and Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, and is an Official Partner and Sponsor of the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Piaffe Performance specializes in selecting, training, and showing, and facilitates the sales of top dressage prospects for riders at every level. For more information on Piaffe Performance, visit www.piaffe-performance.com. 


Photo: Charlene Moskowitz, with her trainer Denielle Gallagher-Legriffon (right), wins the Piaffe Performance Adult Amateur Achievement Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, presented by Dr. Cesar Parra (left) (Photo courtesy of JRPR – No photo credit necessary). 

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