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Opposite page top: Julia Martin and Grandioso at Poplar Place Farm in 2009. Opposite page bottom: Jason schooling shoulder- in at home. Center below: Poplar Place Farm Show in April 2008. Right: Dr. Cesar Parra riding his new horse.

“Since Grandioso had lived at our place for about a year and a half, we knew how to take care of him and wanted to help. He’s an exceptional horse, and Jason has done a fabulous job training him in the most classical way. Great things are in store for Grandioso.” By May 2009, Jason was again successfully showing

Grandioso and earned a score of 69% at Intermediare II. Riding the big horse, however, became a bit harder. Since his sponsor Collecting Gaits Farm turned the farm into a private facility, “I’m now on my own,” says Jason. “A horse like Grandioso has high maintenance costs that I couldn’t afford. So I had to sell him. It was very sad. I still miss him.” Jason also reports that he is currently looking for a sponsor, and this fall he’s seriously shopping for his next high caliber mount. “I’ll visit Germany 10 times if I have to—I have a good eye and it’s more important that I take my time.” With his new partner, Cesar has set

his sights on the 2012 Olympics. While on this journey, Cesar will carefully protect the young horse’s health and soundness. “Grandioso has a special training program. He exercises three times a day: he is hand walked, later walked under saddle in the hills, and then I ride him. He has regular magnetic blanket treatments, massage, and Adequan

as preventative

maintenance. I wish my wife

treated me half as well as my girls treat the horses here,” he

adds jokingly. Cesar will show

Grandioso in Florida this winter. “He is Intermediaire II now. The piaffe is a little

too forward. And he is young. This work needs to be more routine and we need to develop our

partnership, but he has all the quality for Grand Prix. He improves a little each day.

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We will see in February whether we should try for the

2010 World Equestrian Games. If he’s too young, then we wait.” Entertainer and musician Billy Joel once said: “I think

music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everybody loves music.”

Like a great work of music, Grandioso seems to affect the people around him in the same way. And when he finally steps into the Grand Prix ring, his fans will be anxiously listening.

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