The dressage trainer faces two complaints, “overdrive, overwork, abuse [of] a living animal” and “torment, torture a living animal” after they were returned to Readington Township Municipal Court in June. The transfer back to the citations’ filing location came after the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office announced in May that it would not prosecute Parra for felony animal abuse.
The charges stem from a 2009 training incident at Parra’s New Jersey facility. It was his first time lunging the four year-old Hanoverian stallion named William PFF, owned and bred by horse trainer Trudy Miranda.
Parra is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Thursday, July 5 at 7PM.
Miranda filed a civil suit against the Piaffe Performance owner last year after reported attempts to settle the matter went unresolved. The suit alleges negligence, and the wanton and willful disregard of another’s rights. Court documents state a few weeks after the initial incident, Parra went against the treating veterinarian’s recommendation when he “tried training (lunging) the horse again.”
Parra recently filed a counterclaim that alleges Miranda has hurt his professional reputation and future earning potential.
Parra’s bid for a spot on the 2012 US Olympic Dressage Team is mentioned in his counterclaim. His bid ended during the first of the two phases during the Olympic selection trials last month. His score of 66.66% in the FEI Grand Prix on Van the Man earned him a 14th out of 15th place finish, and the pair’s 63.33% in the FEI Olympic Grand Prix Special put him in last place.
The civil trial is scheduled for July 23.
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