Throughout the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Piaffe Performance has been awarding select Adult Amateur’s with the Piaffe Performance Adult Amateur Achievement Award for their superb contributions to the sport of dressage through participation, sportsmanship, and horsemanship.
It’s latest recipient, Lee Burton of Saint Simmons, Georgia, was extremely proud and humbled when she was presented with the award by Piaffe Performances owner, Dr. Cesar Parra.
Burton rode western as a child and dabbled in eventing before discovering dressage. She fell in love immediately and purchased her first PRE stallion in Spain. She dedicated herself to her training as she rose through the levels, competing in every one all the way to Grand Prix. She won her USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals all on her PRE stallion and has since had many successes on her 12-year-old PRE gelding, Enebro XIV.
Burton and Enebro traveled to the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival specifically for USPRE week. They successfully competed in the FEI Grand Prix national classes, where they earned the Piaffe Performance Adult Amateur Achievement Award.
Dr. Cesar Parra presented Burton with a Piaffe Performance neck medal, a tri-color ribbon, and an engraved silver picture frame to enshrine a lasting memory of her award-winning ride.
Burton was overcome with joy as she thanked Parra and her trainer, Patricia Sanchez of Spain. She never imagined she would get where she is today, and shared her feelings as such, “It was quite an adventure learning. I evented for a couple years and thought, ‘I am going to die,’” she joked.
Dr. Parra commended her on her obvious dedication to the sport of dressage. Cesar Parra explained, “I have learned so much from my adult amateur riders about perseverance and commitment. Through this award, I hope Piaffe Performance can play a role in encouraging Adult Amateur riders. They are the backbone of our sport.”
In addition to the Adult Amateur Award, Dr. Cesar Parra and Piaffe Performance are sponsoring the International Arena Rider Lounge and the Hospitality Tent by the National Arenas at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival show grounds. They are an Official Partner and Sponsor of the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival.
To learn more about Dr. Cesar Parra’s career and experience in dressage, please visit his main website.