About Dr. Cesar Parra

Dr. Cesar Parra
Dressage Rider, Trainer, Instructor

Dr. Cesar Parra- A top international rider originally from Colombia, obtained his American Citizenship in 2009. Since then he has been representing the USA successfully, as he has obtained several National Champion and Reserve Champion Titles from Young Horses to Grand Prix by receiving over 34 invitations to Nationals. Parra has also coached through several medals in different Championships like Grand Prix, Small Tour, Young Riders, and Junior Riders. He has competed in multiple World Equestrian Games as well as the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece and the 2005 World Cup Final in Las Vegas, USA as well as Lyon, France and the World Champions for young horses in Emerlo, Holland. He has hundreds of wins internationally, including more than 30 CDI victories at Devon. Parra also has proudly produced and sold five Grand Prix horses that have competed in the Olympics.

Born: Ibague, Colombia, SA
Citizen: United States of America

Dressage Career Highlights


  • Qualified four horses for USA National Championships.
  • 2023 6 y/o USA National Champion “Fontenay.”


  • Qualified four horses in four different divisions at USA National Championships.
  • Produced 5 y/o USA Reserve Champion “Fontenay.”
  • 2022 6 y/o USA National Champion with “Mollegardens Fashion.”
  • 2022 FEI 7 y/o USA Champion with “Fanta 4.”


  • “Fanta 4” #1 ranked 6 y/o in the Nation – USA
  • Wins FEI High Score and Best FEI rider in Intermediaire I with “Bella Ami.”
  • 2021 USA Dressage 5yo Division, Third Place with “Mollegardens Fashion”
  • 2021 USDF Year-End Award 5yo Division, Third Place with “Mollegardens Fashion.”
  • 2021 Winner 5yo Division CDI Dressage at Devon and Young Horse Champion with “Mollegardens Fashion.”
  • 2021 USDF Year-End Award 6yo Division, Champion with “Fanta 4.”
  • 2021 USA National Champion 4yo with “Fontenay”
  • 2021 USDF Year-End Award 4yo Division, Reserve Champion with “Fontenay.”


  • Qualified two horses for USA National Championships.
  • 2020 3rd place USA Developing Grand Prix Championships with “Don Cesar.”
  • Wins several FEI Intermediaire I CDI3* Freestyle with “Mr Bumblebee”
  • Wins FEI Intermediaire I CDI3* with “Don Cesar”


  • Wins FEI 7 y/o class with “Sir Beckmann” at GCDA Final scoring personal best and achieving the Clinch Semican Achievement Award (presented to a horse and rider combination that earns top scores and displays outstanding excellence in their performance).
  • 2019 multiple placings at CDI Small Tour with “Don Cesar”
  • 1st at 2019 Global Dressage Festival with “Don Cesar.”


  • 2018 USA Reserve Champion Developing Prix Saint Georges with “Don Cesar.”
  • 2018 Multiple placings at CDI Small Tour level, including 3rd at 2018 Dressage at Devon with “Don Cesar.”


  • Competed in Longines FEI World Breeding Championships 7 year old division in Emerlo, Holland holding a spot in the top 10.


  • USA Reserve Champion USEF/Markel Young Horse Championship 6 year old division
  • USA Reserve Champion USEF/Markel Developing Horse Championship PSG Division


  • Competed in World Cup Final in Lyon, France


  • Winner of Grand Prix freestyle, Team Silver, Individual Silver and highest placing American at the Nations Cup 2013 with “Van the Man.”


  • USEF/ Markel Young Horse Championships, 6 Year Old Division Reserve Champion
  • 6 Year Old Champion at Devon


  • USA team- Gold Medal winners Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.


  • USA National Champion Intermediare 1
  • Small Tour Hat Trick at Devon CDI


  • 2007 Winner USEF/Markel Young horse Dressage Eastern Selection Trial 6 year old division


  • 2006 Winner of several CDI Grand Prix, including Freestyle at Dressage at Devon
  • Participant in the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany.


  • Competed in the World Cup Finals Las Vegas, USA
  • 6th Place Grand Prix at CHIO Aachen
  • Winner Grand Prix Freestyle at CDI Dressage at Devon
  • Winner Grand Prix Freestyle at CDI Zada Enterprises Florida Dressage Classic


  • Winner of Small Tour (Prix St. Georges, Intermediaire I and Intermediaire Freestyle) and High Score FEI at CDI Dressage at Devon with Pik L
  • 4th Place Intermediaire Freestyle at CHIO Aachen with Pik L
  • 6th place Grand Prix Special at CHIO Aachen with Galant du Serein
  • Competed in the Olympic Games in Athens with Galant du Serein


  • 4th Individual Pan-American Games, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 37 FEI wins, including Small Tour Hat trick at Miami CDI-W***, Halifax CDI*** and Dressage at Devon CDI***
  • ESDCTA President’s Cup Trophy for highest FEI score
  • Brig Gen Cole Trophy for highest PSG score,ESDCTA Year End Show
  • Two Diamond Stud Awards


  • Qualified and Competed in World Equestrian Games, Jerez, Spain with “Robinson.”
  • ESDCTA President’s Cup Trophy for highest FEI score
  • Brig Gen Cole Trophy for highest PSG score, ESDCTA Year End Show


  • Multiple FEI wins, with scores above 70% in Florida
  • ESDCTA President’s Cup Trophy for highest FEI score
  • Brig Gen Cole Trophy for highest PSG score,
    ESDCTA Year end show


  • January 2000, sold Wall Street, who placed 9th Individually in Olympic Games, Sydney
  • USDF Gold Medal
  • Florida Circuit: Nine consecutive FEI wins, including three at grand prix, in 11 starts
  • Brig Gen Cole Trophy for highest PSG score, ESDCTA Year end show


  • Named to the Colombian Olympic Athletic Association
  • Silver Medal Team and Fifth Individual Pan-American Games, Winnipeg, Canada
  • Champion Wartebach Cup, Germany Colombian National Champion Grand Prix


  • Gold Medal Team, Individual and Overall, Central American and Caribbean Games, Caracas, Venezuela
  • Colombian National Champion Grand Prix


  • Gold Medal Team and Silver Medal Individual Bolivarian Games, Lima, Peru
  • Sportsman of the Year for Equestrian Sports in Colombia
  • Champion F.E.I World Challenge, Bogota, Colombia
  • Colombian National Champion Grand Prix


  • Champion Samsung Cup worldwide in Bogota, Colombia
  • Colombian National Champion

A Traveling Man

From the Olympic Trials and trips to Germany to purchase new horses, Dr. Cesar Parra returns to his roots to teach several clinics in Colombia each summer and early fall. Not only does he teach in Colombia, Parra travels globally. From Peru, to Venezuela, Mexico, Guatemala, Canada, Italy, Germany, France, etc. He believes in creating international bridges for talent and learning, where energy and passion between instructors and students fuels a higher level for the job of training both riders and horses.

Army Medals

Among his MANY medals and awards, listed below are ones Parra holds close to his heart.

  • July 2019 awarded San Jorge Military Medal (in recognition of his work and support as coach of the Colombian National Cavalry.
  • November 2019 awarded Pantano de Vargas Medal (for his mentorship and expertise to the officers in charge).
  • Fe en la causa 2020 (faith in the cause)
  • Escuela de armas y servícios 2022 (school of weapons and services)

Cesar is excited to continue to support the Cavalry and help develop great riders with a new concept focusing most on the welfare of their horses.

Coaching Achievements

  • Over 13 Medals at the North American Young Rider Championships
  • Multiple Adult Amateurs and Young Riders win Regional Championships through Grand Prix
  • US National Dressage Championships Pony Champion and Reserve Champion
  • Team Gold and Individual Gold and Bronze at Columbian National Games and Championships
  • Multiple riders winning medals at Pan American Games
  • Multiple riders competing at United States Young Horse Championship
  • 5 Year Old Champion 2013
  • 3rd Place Developing Grand Prix
  • Coached multiple riders to compete at the Nations Cups
  • USDF Gold Medal earned by multiple riders
  • USDF Silver Medal earned by multiple riders
  • USDF Bronze Medal earned by multiple riders
  • Coaching riders to multiple wins in CDI’s in the USA and abroad.
  • Several Grand Prix National Champions
  • Several Medals at Pan Am Games

Academic Background

  • High School San Luis Gonzaga School, Ibague, 1978
  • College Colegio Odontologico, Colombiano, Bogotá, 1982
  • Boston University Masters Degree in Science of Dentistry
  • Languages: Spanish, English, German
  • Member of the High Performance List for Dressage United States of America

Dressage Education

  • Herbert Rehbein (Q.E.P.D. – May He Rest in Peace), Gröenwoldhof, Germany
  • 1995-1997 Herbert Kuckluck, Schaffhof, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1997-1999 Siegfried Peilicke, Warendorf, Germany
  • 1998 -2002 Hans Rueben, Aachen, Germany
  • 2002 – 2003 Hubertus Schmidt, Paderborn, Germany since 2003
  • Dr. Volker Moritz, Germany since 2004
  • Anne Gribbons
  • Rune Willum
  • Dieter Laugks
  • Oliver Oelrich
  • Letter Deutsche Reiterliche Vereinigung E.V.
  • Letter Frankfurter Turnierstall Schwarz Gelb E.V.

Professional Associations

  • International Dressage Trainer Club United States
  • United States Dressage Federation
  • Equestrian Federation International Dressage Riders Club

Education: Judging and Training (Highlights)

  • Official FEI Dressage Judges Course Conducted By Eric Lette, 1996
  • Course from the Colombian National Federation by Wojteck Markowski, 1997
  • USDF Trainers Conference, 2002
  • North American Trainers Club, 2003
  • Global Dressage Forum, Holland 2003
  • Judges meeting with Mariette Withages, March 2003
  • Workshop for trainers and judges with Mariette Withages, Bogotá, Colombia, 2004
  • Workshop for Judges, Trainers and Riders with Mariette Withages, Raymond
  • Withages, Linda Zang and Hubertus Schmidt 2005
  • 2005 ESDCTA Trainers, Judges and Competitors Symposium with Linda Zang
  • USDF Trainers Conference with Hubertus Schmidt, 2006
  • USDF Trainers Conference 2013
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