Wellington, FL – April 10, 2015 – Canadian junior rider Vanessa Creech-Terauds began 2015 with a new mount: Rob Roy, owned by Leatherdale Farms. The 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Rubin Royal arrived in Canada from Germany in mid-December. The pair got to know each other during the winter season in Wellington, Florida, and they racked up an impressive eight wins in nine classes.
Rob Roy and Creech-Terauds earned consistent marks in the upper 60s, with highlights including a score of 70.461 percent for the Junior Individual test at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) 4 national show and a score of 71.000 percent in their Junior Freestyle debut at the AGDF 10 national show.
“It was incredible that I was able to compete down in Florida thanks to Doug and Louise Leatherdale,” Creech-Terauds said. “Rob was amazing. He really knows his stuff, that’s for sure. He’s so happy going into the show ring."
Creech-Terauds balanced showing in Florida with traveling back home to Caistor Centre, Ontario, in order to keep up with her studies. Getting to know Rob Roy throughout the season was a great learning experience for the 15-year-old, who competed at her first North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) in 2014 and hopes to return in 2015.
“Rob has taught me so much: how to do a proper half-pass, how to get an expressive change,” Creech-Terauds said. “We have really developed a nice trot, and our relationship has grown so much already.”
Creech-Terauds is the daughter of Diane Creech, who rides five top competition horses for Leatherdale Farms. Creech worked with Rob Roy throughout the winter as well.
“I was very proud of her,” Creech said of her daughter. “It’s a great learning curve for her to sit on a horse like that, and we’re so grateful to Doug and Louise for that chance, which is absolutely incredible. They’re so excited about Vanessa and so interested in her progress with Rob Roy.”