Strong Season for Leatherdale Farms Performance Horses at Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington

Wellington, Fla. – March 22, 2018 – Veteran international dressage riders Sue Blinks, Diane Creech and Vanessa Creech-Terauds have successfully piloted nine of Leatherdale Farms’ performance horses to top scores and placings thus far during the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, Florida.

  Sue Blinks and Habanero L

Sue Blinks and Habanero L

Olympian Blinks and her partner Habanero L, a 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding (His Highness-Wolkenfee, Wolkenstein II) have had success in the small tour division in the past, but this season, Blinks and the grey gelding made their Grand Prix debut in the national show ring. During their first test of the season, Blinks and Habanero L earned a score of 66.63 percent and placed second in a competitive class.

“Habanero just keeps getting stronger and more and more capable, and he is always so reliable in the show ring,” Binks explained.

Creech has had a stand out season on four different horses, both in the CDI international ring and at the national shows, including Robbie W, Chrevis Christo, Diana C and Hallmark 3.

  Diane Creech and Robbie W

Diane Creech and Robbie W

 

Known as ‘Perfect Robbie,’ Robbie W, a 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Rubin Royal-Rolling Home) started the season out with a bang during AGDF Week One, claiming the CDI3* Intermediate I with a 69.706 percent. The pair also placed second in both the Prix St. Georges with a 70.098 percent and the Intermediate I Freestyle with a 72.975 percent. The pair returned during the seventh week to earn the red ribbon with a 70.637 percent and a 70.588 percent in the Intermediate I. To finish out the weekend, Creech and Robbie W won the Intermediate I Freestyle with a score of 72.925 percent.

“Robbie is just so happy all of the time and has a great personality,” Creech said. “Robbie loves to show and you could tell he was proud of the work he did. He knows his job so well. He doesn’t get phased at the show and he always has such a great attitude. He’s so laid back yet so consistent and really loves his job. He was definitely ‘Perfect Robbie’ that weekend.”

  Diane Creech and Diana C

Diane Creech and Diana C

The talented 11-year-old Damsey FRH mare Diana C (Damsey FRH-Belinda, Brentano II) made her CDI Grand Prix debut last summer in Hartpury, England, and has continued to gain confidence in the Grand Prix. During Week Three, Creech and Diana C earned a score of 65 percent in the Grand Prix, and moved up to a score of 67.383 percent in the Grand Prix Special to earn seventh place. Joining Robbie W in Week Seven, Creech and Diana C once again rode in the CDI3* where they earned scores of 65.174 percent in the Grand Prix and a 67.383 percent in the Grand Prix Special.

“Diana is such a talented horse and is fun to work with,” Creech explained. “She’s certainly matured and grown up since the last time she was in the international ring here in Wellington. The second test was way better than the first one and I was very happy to see that she came out more settled. I was really happy with the progress that she made.”

After an exciting fall season winning the Dressage at Devon CDI-W Grand Prix, Creech and Chrevis Christo, a 15-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding (Chrevis Cavallo-Chrevis La VI, Matador), competed in his first CDI5* during AGDF Week Five. The pair earned a score of 69.213 percent in the Grand Prix Special where they placed sixth overall. After a few weeks away from the show ring, they returned to earn a 68.931 percent for fourth place and 67.702 percent for fifth place during the CDI3* at AGDF Week Eight.

  Diane Creech and Chrevis Christo

Diane Creech and Chrevis Christo

“I’m so incredibly proud of Christo,” Creech said. “He sometimes worries, and he overcame his fear in the big ring and gave such wonderful rides. He was very expressive and willing in his piaffe and passage work so that was a big highlight for us.”

Balancing school in Canada, 18-year-old Creech-Terauds made the trip to Wellington to compete Fleur de Lis L, a 9-year-old Hanoverian mare (First Dance-EM De La Rosa, De Niro) in the CDI-Y division. Creech-Terauds and Fleur de Lis L have been partners for multiple years, competing up through the junior divisions and into the Young Rider division. During AGDF Week Five, the pair won every Young Rider class they were entered in, earning a 69.755 percent in the Young Rider Team Test, a 68.824 percent in the Young Rider Individual Test and a 70.575 percent in the Young Rider Freestyle.

  Vanessa Creech-Terauds and Fleur de Lis L

Vanessa Creech-Terauds and Fleur de Lis L

“My birthday was Wednesday during Week Five, and I couldn’t have asked for a better present!” Creech-Terauds exclaimed. “Fleur always tries so hard everytime she shows. She had great pirouettes and super, expressive changes this weekend. Now that the movements are more confirmed, we’re working on taking more risks in order to gain more expression when performing in the show ring. I’m so proud of this horse, she’s like my best friend.”

In Week Six, Creech and Creech-Terauds showed multiple horses in the national ring at the AGDF. Creech competed Hallmark 3, a 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding (His Highness-Lapislazuly, Laucier), for the first time in 2018, earning great scores in their first Grand Prix competition of the year. They returned in during Week Nine to win their national show Grand Prix with a 69.13 percent and placing second in the Grand Prix Special with a 70.957 percent.

  Diane Creech and Hallmark 3

Diane Creech and Hallmark 3

Creech-Terauds had a busy Week Six at the AGDF, where she showed three horses for Leatherdale Farms. Creech-Terauds partnered with her mother’s former Grand Prix mount, Devon L (De Niro-Wibranda, Wolkenstein II), to compete in the U25 Grand Prix. Creech-Terauds and the 18-year-old Hanoverian gelding earned scores up to 66.538 percent.Creech-Terauds also competed Rob Roy, her former junior FEI mount, in the Prix St. Georges and Intermediate I classes. Creech-Terauds and the 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Rubin Royal-SPS Glory Dream, Glorieux) earned a 63.382 percent in the Prix St. Georges and a score of 65 percent in the Intermediate I for second place in both classes.

  Vanessa Creech-Terauds and Devon L

Vanessa Creech-Terauds and Devon L

Creech-Terauds also debuted a new partnership with Harley L, a 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding (His Highness-MS Eileen, Expri). The duo competed in the Young Rider division, in both the Young Rider Team Test and Young Rider Individual Test. In the team test, the pair earned a score of 62.206 percent and earned a score of 66.765 in the individual test.

  Vanessa Creech-Teraus and Harley L

Vanessa Creech-Teraus and Harley L

In Week Eight, the young rider continued to compete Devon L and Rob Roy in the CDI-U25 and CDI-Young Riders, respectfully. Devon L had a fantastic weekend and swept the U25 division winning the FEI U25 Grand Prix with a score of 65.231 percent and winning the FEI U25 Grand Prix Freestyle with a score of 67.8 percent.

With Rob Roy, Creech-Terauds participated in the awards ceremony after all three rides. The duo placed second in the Young Riders Team Test with a score of 68.059 percent, third in the Young Rider Individual Test with a score of 65.098 percent and rounded out the weekend winning the Young Rider Freestyle with a score of 70.9 percent.

  Vanessa Creech-Terauds and Rob Roy

Vanessa Creech-Terauds and Rob Roy

Olympian Guenter Seidel Joins Leatherdale Farms Team Aboard Beltano

Del Mar, Calif. – Feb. 14, 2018 – Leatherdale Farms is thrilled to announce three-time Olympian Guenter Seidel has joined their extensive high performance team aboard their 9-year-old Hanoverian, Beltano. Originally based at Hengststation Jens Meyer in Dorum, Germany, Beltano (Belissimo M-SPS Heavenly, Hohenstein) was recently imported to the United States with the goal of developing him as an international Grand Prix prospect.

  Guenter Seidel and Beltano

Guenter Seidel and Beltano

“We are quite pleased to welcome Guenter to our team of high performance riders,” Louise Leatherdale said. “One of our riders, Sue Blinks, was on the 2000 Olympic team and two World Equestrian Games teams with Guenter. Also, Damsey FRH’s rider, Helen Langehanenberg, coached Hengststation Jen Meyer’s young trainer aboard Beltano for several years so this new partnership is a very natural fit with our program. We are a worldwide team and we cannot wait to see what Guenter and Beltano achieve together!”

Standing at 17.2 hands, Beltano earned impressive rideability scores of 10.0 from both test riders during his 30-day test in Schlieckau, Germany. He also received a 9.0 for his interieur, 8.5 for his trot and 8.75 for his canter, which qualified him for the Bundeschampionat.

A German-native, Seidel moved to the United States in 1985 and soon became one of the best dressage competitors in the country. He helped the United States win the team bronze medal at three consecutive Olympic Games with different horses: the 1996 Atlanta Games with Graf George, the 2000 Sydney Games with Foltaire and the 2004 Athens Games with Aragon. Seidel also earned a team silver medal at the 2002 World Equestrian Games (WEG) and a team bronze medal at the 2006 WEG. The United States Equestrian Team Foundation also awarded him with the prestigious Whitney Stone Cup in 2002.

“After riding Beltano for a few days in Germany last fall, I saw what a nice horse he was,” Seidel explained. “He has three quality gaits, has great bloodlines and has a very nice training foundation. He is the entire package! Now that he has settled into my program, I have been working on the basics and learning more about him with each ride.”

As they continue to develop a partnership throughout 2018, Seidel’s goal is to showcase Beltano in the small tour, while working on strengthening his training towards the Grand Prix.

“I am very excited to compete Beltano for Louise [Leatherdale],” Seidel said. “I have admired the Leatherdales for many years and I am honored to be a member of her team. To have someone like Louise, who understands the ups and downs of the sport and who has been instrumental in supporting dressage, behind you, is unbelievable. I’m looking forward to seeing what the future brings for us – it’s going to be really fun!”

  Guenter Seidel and Beltano

Guenter Seidel and Beltano

Helen Langehanenberg and Leatherdale Farms' Damsey FRH Break Top Ten on FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking List

Münster, Germany - Jan. 15, 2018 - After impressive CDI performances this fall, Leatherdale Farms' Hanoverian stallion, Damsey FRH, and Olympian Helen Langehanenberg have moved up to the ninth spot on the FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking list, announced on Jan. 2 by the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI). 

"It is really quite amazing to me that we are now ranked ninth in the world!" Langehanenberg said. "I always believed in Damsey. He's an absolutely special horse for me and I love him. I'm very thankful that Louise [Leatherdale] and Susanne [Meyer] have allowed me the opportunity to ride him. 

"I have had many horses, but I think the team gold medal with Damsey at the European Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, in August was really special for me," Langehanenberg continued. "Honestly, I am very proud of him. It's not always normal that you get a 14-year-old stallion and start a career like this. He feels really young and strong in his work. He is the whole package."  

  Helen Langehanenberg and Damsey FRH. Photo by Elena Zobova.

Helen Langehanenberg and Damsey FRH. Photo by Elena Zobova.

In November, the pair had a stellar performance at the CDI-W in Stuttgart, Germany, where they received a 76.060 percent in the Grand Prix and second place as well as third place in the Grand Prix Freestyle with a 79.615 percent. The duo headed to Stockholm, Sweden, next to compete in the CDI5* in December and placed fourth in the Grand Prix with a 77.76 percent. They improved in the Grand Prix Freestyle and received an impressive score of 82.665 percent for third place. 

"He had no weakness in Stockholm - he had a super walk, a super trot and a super canter," Langehanenberg said. "He can do every moment for high scores. He was so fresh and easy to ride. He was light off the aids and focused in competition mode. If he wants to compete, he has no weaknesses. He showed us what he can do.

"When we competed in Stuttgart, Damsey was really hot, maybe too hot in the end, but I loved it!" Langehanenberg exclaimed. "He was so funny, fresh and happy to be at a show again. To get these improvements and have him so hot and fresh at these last two shows gives me an amazing feeling. I was proud that I got him going that much. He really fights for us." 

Most recently, Langehanenberg and Damsey FRH swept the CDN Münster K+K Cup on Jan. 12-14 in Germany. They earned their highest Grand Prix score to date to win the Grand Prix with a 78.08 percent and they won the Grand Prix Special with an impressive score of 79.745 percent. 

With a standout year in 2017 and a great start of the 2018 season, Langehanenberg looks forward to competing in more World Cup qualifying shows though the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final in Paris will be up in the air as she is pregnant with her second child.