Videos posted on the Internet by dressage rider Adam Steffens of training by American Cesar Parra has finally blown open one of the worst kept secrets of horse sport–abuse of horses and riders–to prompt “immediate” reaction from the sport’s governing bodies after years of inaction. Florida’s Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office sources report it is receiving numerous complaints about Parra, including serious allegations involving past and current female employees.
The Parra case has led to widespread publicity in Europe, with the German sport horse site St. Georg prominently featuring reports including condemnation by professional riders.
Some customers have already pulled horses in training from the Parra farm.
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Article written by: KENNETH J. BRADDICK