Leatherdale Farms Concludes Successful Wellington Season

Wellington, Fla. – April 6, 2018 – Throughout the 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival [AGDF], Leatherdale Farms performance horses earned top scores and wrapped up the final few weeks of competition with strong performances in both the international and national arenas. Grand Prix dressage riders Diane Creech and her daughter Vanessa Creech-Terauds rode five Leatherdale Farms horses during the last three weeks of competition in Florida to finish out the AGDF season on a high note.

During AGDF 10, Creech-Terauds competed two horses in the CDI arena for the Florida International Youth Dressage Championships. She rode both Fleur de Lis L and Rob Roy in the young rider division and had great scores and placings all around. Her top mount, Fleur de Lis L, a 9-year-old Hanoverian mare (First Dance-EM De La Rosa, De Niro) received consistent scores and placed in the top five all weekend long. In the Young Rider Team test, the mare earned a score of 69.412 percent for fifth place, a score of 67.892 percent in the Young Rider Individual class for third place and a score of 70.417 for third place in the Young Rider freestyle. To conclude the prestigious championship, Fleur de Lis L was awarded the Reserve Champion title in the Young Rider division.

Vanessa Creech-Terauds and Fleur de Lis L

Vanessa Creech-Terauds and Fleur de Lis L

"I was so happy with Fleur and our overall ranking, especially after winning the division last year. I can’t complain about finishing in second!” Creech-Terauds said. “All three tests I was very pleased with. Fleur is so comfortable in this ring now that I’m able to really ride her and not worry about what she’s thinking of the atmosphere. I thought our freestyle was our best ride this weekend, so I’m happy to end on a high note.”

Rob Roy, a 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Rubin Royal-SPS Glory Dream, Glorieux), and Creech-Terauds have a long competition history together, and their partnership showed during the youth championships. The pair earned a score of 66.912 percent in the Young Rider Team test and a score of 66.422 percent in the Young Rider Individual.

Vanessa Creech-Terauds and Rob Roy

Vanessa Creech-Terauds and Rob Roy

“I’m so proud of Rob Roy,” Creech-Terauds explained. “The first day in the covered arena he was a little excited – he was just so ready to show everyone what he could do, but he does try to listen to me when he’s excited so it’s too bad we had a couple mistakes. The next day was much better and I’m happy with how comfortable he was in the stadium for it only being his second time in there. This horse can do no wrong in my eyes, so I’m so happy with him.”

Joining her daughter in the CDI ring, Creech competed Chrevis Christo in the CDI3* Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special. The 15-year-old Danish Warmblood (Chrevis Cavallo-Chrevis La VI, Matador) has continued to improve throughout the season and earned high scores in his classes. In the Grand Prix, the pair earned a score of 69.978 percent and placed fourth, and in the Grand Prix Special, they were awarded a score of 67.319 percent.

Diane Creech and Chrevi's Christo 

Diane Creech and Chrevi's Christo 

“Christo is such an amazing horse,” Creech exclaimed. “He’s developing and becoming more and more consistent. He’s improving a lot – he can do all the movements, they are no problem for him. He’s very elastic and he swings through his body so well. He’s working towards finding more confidence, but he’s always trying. He’s a really nice horse.”

The two riders also took advantage of the national show during Week 9 to add to their progress with two talented geldings by His Highness. Creech continued to show Hallmark 3, a 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding (His Highness-Lapislazuly, Laucier) in the big tour and saw great improvement with top placings in his open classes. In the Grand Prix, Hallmark 3 earned a score of 69.13 percent to claim a first place ribbon and continued to impress in the Grand Prix Special, earning a score of 70.957 percent to secure second place.

Developing her new partnership with Harley L, a 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding (His Highness-MS Eileen, Expri), Creech-Terauds showed much improvement in the Young Rider division. The pair placed third in a very competitive Young Rider Team Test and in the Young Rider Individual Test they rode to a score of 68.824 percent from the judges’ panel.

Diane Creech and Hallmark 3

Diane Creech and Hallmark 3

After taking a short break during the eleventh week to train, both Creech and Creech-Terauds were selected to represent Team Canada in the Week 12 Nations Cup aboard Leatherdale horses. Creech-Terauds represented Canada in the Under-25 division aboard Devon L, while her mother rode on the senior team in the CDIO3* with Chrevis Christo, earning standout scores of 68.565 percent in the Grand Prix, 65.979 percent in the Grand Prix Special and 65.325 percent in the Grand Prix freestyle. Their scores helped Team Canada win a silver medal in the team competition, beating competitors Team Spain and Team Australia.

“I’m very proud to have represented my country in the CIDO3* Nations Cup,” Creech continued. “It was a great event and I can’t thank Louise Leatherdale enough for her support – she will always be my inspiration.”

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With the Florida season complete, the horses will begin to make their journey back to Caistor Center, Ontario, where they will receive a break before gearing up for the summer show season. Creech-Terauds has her sights set on competing at the FEI North American Young Rider Championships in July and will declare both Fleur de Lis L and Rob Roy for consideration. Creech is making a bid for the World Equestrian Games with Chrevis Christo and will continue to show him this summer in Canada to meet the selection criteria.

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