Leatherdale Farms' Damsey FRH Concludes 2018 With Standout Performances

Stockholm, Sweden - Dec. 14, 2018 -  After impressive CDI performances throughout 2018, Olympian Helen Langehanenberg and Leatherdale Farms' Damsey FRH have continued their success to wrap up their season on a high note. The pair recently moved up on the FEI Dressage World Ranking List to conclude the year tied for sixth position. 

Helen Langehanenberg and Damsey FRH. Photo by Lily Forado.

Helen Langehanenberg and Damsey FRH. Photo by Lily Forado.

"This year has been absolutely amazing with Damsey," Langehanenberg explained. "He gets better from show to show and is more closed in his body. He is so fresh, has so much fun and is always really willing to perform.

In the spring, the pair gave a dominating performance at the CDI-W Neumünster with a personal high score of 83.88 percent. Following Langehanenberg's maternity leave, they returned to the show ring as members of the German team at the prestigious CDIO5* Nations Cup in Aachen, Germany. Langehanenberg and the 16-year-old Hanoverian stallion were the highest scoring German combination in the Grand Prix with a 77.034 percent and helped Germany secure the gold medal. 

Helen Langehanenberg and Damsey FRH. Photo by LL-Foto.

Helen Langehanenberg and Damsey FRH. Photo by LL-Foto.

"I am so very proud of Damsey FRH and the riding that Helen does to help him achieve his potential in the dressage arena," Louise Leatherdale said. "What a joy it was to see absolutely magical moments in their freestyle at Stockholm in how they communicate together. Having seen so many of Damsey's offspring over the years, including my own talented sons and daughters, shows how his talent in dressage is passed along to those youngsters. It is a thrill to be able to observe Damsey first hand!"

With their eyes on qualifying for the FEI World Cup™ Finals next year, Langehanenberg and Damsey FRH won the CDI-W Grand Prix in Herning, Denmark and placed second in the Grand Prix Freestyle with an 81.40 percent. A few weeks later, they continued racking up qualifying points after their performance at the CDI-W in Stuttgart, Germany.

Most recently, Damsey FRH placed fourth in both the Grand Prix with a 77.196 percent and an 83.495 percent in the Grand Prix Freestyle at the CDI5* in Stockholm, Sweden.

Helen Langehanenberg and Damsey FRH. Photo by Lily Forado.

Helen Langehanenberg and Damsey FRH. Photo by Lily Forado.

"I think our Grand Prix Freestyle at Stockholm might be the best we have ever done - absolutely regular in every step," Langehanenberg said. "Our goal in 2019 will be the FEI World Cup™ Finals in Gothenburg, and we will be heading in a few weeks to compete at the CDI-W in Mechelen, Belgium and then the CDI-W in Amsterdam in January. Damsey is the strongest character I have ever met, but I have so much fun with him and I am so thankful that Louise [Leatherdale] and the Meyers gave him to me to ride. He is so willing to do the sport!"

Leatherdale Farms Hanoverians Take Home Five Blue Ribbons at Dressage at Devon

Devon, Pa. - Oct. 5, 2018 -  The Canadian-based team of Leatherdale Farms, Diane Creech and her daughter Vanessa Creech-Terauds, had a standout week winning five CDI classes with three of Leatherdale Farms' upper-level Hanoverians at the prestigious Dressage at Devon in Pennsylvania. 

On Friday, Sept. 28, Creech headed down centerline with Hallmark (His Highness-SPS Lapislazuly, Lancier), a 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding, in the big tour. In their CDI3* Grand Prix class, the pair placed second and improved the next day to win the CDI3* Grand Prix Special with a 65.936 percent. 

"I was very proud of Hallmark as it was his first time showing under the lights," Creech explained. "He also had not been in a show ring since competing at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Florida. During our first ride, he was a little unsure and stayed behind my leg, but the second test was so much better as he gained more confidence."

Diane Creech and Hallmark

Diane Creech and Hallmark

Riding another His Highness progeny, Creech-Terauds swept both of the CDI Young Rider classes aboard Harley L (His Highness-MS Eileen, Espri), a 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding. The pair are a relatively new partnership, but have experienced great success together thus far, representing Ontario well at the Adequan/FEI North American Youth Championships over the summer. Harley L won both of his classes with a score of 68.775 percent in the Young Rider Team test and a 68.971 percent in the Young Rider Individual test.

Vanessa Creech-Terauds and Harley L

Vanessa Creech-Terauds and Harley L

"I am so excited with how well Harley L performed at Dressage at Devon!" Creech-Terauds said. "He gave me two very beautiful and fluent tests, and handled the pressure of the big Dixon Oval like a champ. Being his first year competing at the FEI Young Rider level, I am extremely proud of the progress we have made as a team together and am looking forward to the upcoming Florida season."

"The performances by both Hallmark and Harley L over the weekend demonstrates the high performance quality and great temperament His Highness passes on to his offsprings," Creech explained. "I have spoken to many owners of his progeny and while they may buy them with the intention to sell, after a short time, they decide they can't let go and end up keeping them for life. Like having jewels, you do not want to let go because they are so very special."

Continuing the success for Leatherdale Farms, Creech-Terauds also rode the 18-year-old Hanoverian gelding Devon L (De Niro-EM Wibranda, Wolkenstein II) in the CDI U25 Grand Prix division. Both of her mounts, Harley L and Devon L, were born at Leatherdale Farms in Long Lake, Minnesota. While the talented chestnut has many CDI Grand Prix wins with her mother, Creech-Terauds used the opportunity to gain Grand Prix experience under Devon L's tutelage. While competing in the Dixon Oval, the duo topped the leaderboard in both of their CDI classes with a 66.647 percent in their Intermediate II and a 65.128 percent in the U25 Grand Prix. 

Vanessa Creech-Terauds and Devon L

Vanessa Creech-Terauds and Devon L

"Devon L once again showed us that age is only a number and he is still a force to be reckoned with," Creech-Terauds said. "He went into the ring confidently and enthusiastically and we were able to ride two really nice tests. I always enjoy riding and learning from such an experienced horse like him, as well as enjoy spending time with his bold and loving personality." 

Helen Langehanenberg and Leatherdale Farms' Damsey FRH Place in Top Three at  CDIO5* Aachen Grand Prix 

Aachen, Germany - July 20, 2018 - After impressive CDI performances in the fall and winter seasons, Olympian Helen Langehanenberg and Leatherdale Farms' Damsey FRH were stealing the spotlight and moved into the ninth spot on the FEI Dressage World Ranking list. Though Langehanenberg's maternity leave for her second daughter kept the talented pair on the sidelines since their dominating performance at the CDI-W Neumünster five months ago, they reunited to compete at the world-renowned CHIO Aachen World Equestrian Festival. Langehanenberg and Damsey FRH, a 16-year-old Hanoverian stallion, returned better than ever to finish in the third position with a 77.034 percent in the prestigious CDIO5* Grand Prix on July 19.

"I am so very proud of all Helen has accomplished in the past two years with Damsey," Louise Leatherdale said. "Together, they are really a team. The fact she just had her lovely baby girl, Finja, last month shows me the total commitment, competitive spirit and desire Helen has!"

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Selected to represent Germany as a member of their Nations Cup team, they were the highest scoring German combination in the Grand Prix and contributed to Germany's second place team finish after the opening day of competition. The Nations Cup will be awarded on Saturday, July 21, after the CDIO5* Grand Prix Special.

"It was absolutely amazing what happened in the Grand Prix at Aachen," Langehanenberg said. "Today is today and I will enjoy it until Saturday, and then Saturday is a new day and we will see what happens. I have always believed in Damsey. He's an absolutely special horse for me. I'm very thankful that Louise [Leatherdale] and Susanne [Meyer] have allowed me the opportunity to ride him.

"[Prior to Aachen], I had a really good feeling at home and in the training and it encouraged me to compete here," she continued. "If the feeling in the training had not been good, I would not have competed at Aachen, but it was my dream to compete him here in the Nations Cup. I think Damsey did a super job. We have developed so well together over the last two and a half years. I only hope we can continue like that because he has a really strong character. I hope I can keep him on my side and he continues fighting for it, loving being in the arena and doing his job like he loves to."

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The duo made their CDI debut in 2016 and have developed a strong partnership over the last two years. At the 2017 World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, the pair topped the leaderboard to win the CDI4* Grand Prix and placed second in the CDI4* Grand Prix Special. Their placing secured them a position on the prestigious German team for the 2017 European Championships.

In addition, they earned top placings at the CDI-W in Stuttgart, Germany, and received scores up to 82.665 percent at the CDI5* in Stockholm, Sweden. To kick-off 2018, Langehanenberg and Damsey FRH swept the CDN Münster K+K Cup in Germany. They earned a 78.08 percent to win the Grand Prix, and they won the Grand Prix Special with an impressive score of 79.745 percent. At their last show before Langehanenberg left for maternity leave, they swept the CDI-W in Neumünster, Germany, winning both classes and receiving their highest score to date, an 83.880 percent in the Grand Prix Freestyle.

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