The location of the upcoming FEI World Equestrian Games has been announced. Dressage competitors like Dr. Cesar Parra are excited by this news and gearing up for the trip in the next couple years.
Last week, it was announced that the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games would be held in Normandy, France. There will be six test events in the time before the event takes place. Four of the events will take place in the late summer/early fall of 2013, and the final two will take place in 2014 before the start of the official event. Dr. Cesar Parra is excited to prepare himself and other riders for the upcoming events.
The first four test events to take place in 2013 are endurance, eventing, driving, and reining. Endurance, eventing, and reining will take place in August 2013 in the towns of Sartilly, Haras du Pin, and Caen. Reining will take place in Caen in October 2013. In a statement to the press, FEI Secretary General Ingmar de Vos said, “Test events in six FEI disciplines will be organized and even though no specific test events will be held in Vaulting and Para Equestrian, all technical aspects will be examined to ensure the competitions in all the disciplines meet the same level of excellence.”
As Dr. Cesar Parra can explain, the FEI is the governing body of all equestrian sports. Known as the International Federation for Equestrian Sports in English, the Switzerland-based organization dictates the rules of all equestrian sport as well as keeps the legitimacy and welfare of the horses and the sport intact. Part of their purview also includes doping allegations within competitions.
Dressage is an arena-based equestrian sport that involves horses and riders conducting a series of predetermined moves that make it almost like a dance routine. Much like gymnastics or competitive dancing, dressage is judged on a scale of one to ten in the quality of certain movements being executed. The moves that are performed usually involve a level of skill that requires a constant amount of training from both rider and horse.
Dr. Cesar Parra is a dentist whose second job and passion is dressage. He runs his own dressage stables in Florida and New Jersey to train newer generations of dressage riders when he is not competing himself.