Canadians Dominate 2017 CDI-W Devon

 
Fri, 10/06/2017 - 08:27
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Diane Creech and Chrevi's Christo at the 2017 CDI-W Devon
Photo © Sue Stickle
2017 CDI-W Devon

A large contingent of Canadian dressage athletes headed to Devon, PA from 26 September to 1 October 2017 for the CDI-W/3* Dressage at Devon, where they dominated the leaderboard, sweeping the small tour and winning two of the four big tour classes.

Leading the Canadians in the big tour was Diane Creech of Caistor Centre, ON. Riding Chrevi’s Christo (Chrevi’s Cavallo x Matador), a 14-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding she co-owns with Louise Leatherdale, she started on a high note, scoring 70.920% to win the CDI-W Grand Prix (for Freestyle).

“Mrs. Louise Leatherdale and I are so proud of Chrevi’s Christo,” said Creech, who has been competing at the FEI level with Chrevi’s Christo since 2013, bringing him up through the small tour ranks and into the big tour by 2015. “This was his first time in Devon, and also his first time competing under the lights. He was super in this atmosphere and stayed with me in the Grand Prix.”

From their Grand Prix victory, the duo moved forward into the CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle on Sept. 30, taking second place on a score of 73.150%.

“This was only the second time Christo has competed in the Grand Prix Freestyle, so it still feels a little unfamiliar to the both of us,” explained Creech, who first entered a freestyle with Chrevi’s Christo during a trip to Europe this summer, taking third place at the CDI 3* Hartpury in Great Britain. “With a little more routine, I believe we can improve our performance further, but our time in Europe was amazing and helped to develop Christo to become a better competitor. Riding amongst so many great riders sharpens your horse and yourself.”

As for their future plans, Creech explained, “Christo will now have some time to rest, which will definitely include lots of hacking and enjoying this beautiful fall weather. Then we will start getting ready for the Florida season, and hopefully the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games.”

Claiming a Grand Prix Freestyle win for the second week in a row was Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu of Ottawa, ON and All In (by Tango x Damiro), a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding she co-owns with her husband, Marc-Andre Beaulieu and father, Craig Fraser. After earning their first big tour victory during the CDI-W NEDA Fall Festival in New York, Fraser-Beaulieu and All In added another freestyle win to their record and set a new personal best score after earning a score of 75.500% in Devon. The duo also picked up third place in the CDI-W Grand Prix on Sept. 29 on a score of 69.720%.

“To win the Freestyle, and to have a personal best score at the same time is just a bonus,” said Fraser-Beaulieu, who has been competing at the FEI level with All In since 2013 and was part of Canada’s Silver Medal Dressage Team at the 2015 Pan American Games. “My freestyle was created by Joost Peters, who composed the music, and this was my fourth time riding this freestyle.”

Next for Fraser-Beaulieu will be riding in the Carl Hester Syposium set for Oct. 21-22, 2017 in Palgrave, ON, possibly followed by Toronto’s Royal Horse Show in November. She will then kick off the New Year by traveling to Wellington, FL to compete at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in the hopes of qualifying for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG).

London 2012 Olympians, Jacqueline Brooks of Cedar Valley, ON and D Niro (by D-Day x Napoleon 625), an 18-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding owned by Mary Brooks and Brookhaven Dressage Inc., ensured Canada took all three top spots in the CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle. Canadian veterans known for their freestyle performances, the duo have been delighting crowds within Canada and internationally for many years. In Devon, they earned their third place finish on a score of 70.875%.

Fellow Canadian Olympian, Belinda Trussell of Stouffville, ON earned back-to-back second place finishes in Devon, riding her up-and-coming partner, Tattoo 15 (Tuareg x Ramiro’s Son), a 14-year-old Westphalian gelding. They started out with a score of 66.780% in the CDI 3* Grand Prix (for Grand Prix Special) on Sept. 29, then improved their score to 68.529% the following day in the CDI Grand Prix Special. She twice placed behind Canadian born Ashley Holzer who now rides for the U.S.A. She won both the Grand Prix and Special on Diane Fellows' Havanna with 70.580% and 71.157%.

Canadians Sweep Small Tour

Trussell also dominated the highly competitive small tour - which featured 25 entries from Canada, the United States and even Germany – this time partnered with Carlucci (Contendro I x Compliment), a 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Barbara Holden Sinclair. To kick things off, they scored 72.982% to win the CDI Prix St. Georges on Sept. 29, then earned a second win on Sept. 30 in the CDI Intermediate I (73.465%).

Ensuring a Canadian sweep of the small tour was Lori Bell of Beaverton, ON and her up-and-coming partner, Flirt (Florencio x Donnerhall), a nine-year-old Oldenburg gelding. Together they scored 74.350% to win the CDI Intermediate I Freestyle on Oct. 1.

Also representing Canada in the top three in the small tour was Tom Dvorak of Hillsburgh, ON, paired with Cyrus (Contucci x Cor Noir), an eight-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Carla Bahr. The duo earned second place finishes across the board, beginning with the CDI Prix St. Georges on a score of 70.658%. They returned the following day to earn 69.956% in the CDI Intermediate I, before capping off Devon with a score of 74.000% in the Intermediate I Freestyle.

David Ziegler, 24, of Beiseker, AB, also made a return to the CDI dressage ring at Devon. An up-and-coming Canadian athlete in both dressage and eventing, Zeigler made a name for himself after an incredible performance at the 2014 FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC), where he won medals in both dressage and eventing.

Competing in FEI dressage for the first time since Devon 2016, Ziegler entered the small tour with multiple mounts, but it was with Fie Guldbjerg (Don Schufro x Kanudos XX), a nine-year-old Danish Warmblood mare owned by Jean Good that he saw the most success. Their highest result came in the CDI Prix St. Georges, where a score of 68.904% put them into third place.

Under 25 and Young Riders

Fellow up-and-comer, Vanessa Creech-Terauds, 17, of Caistor Centre, ON (daughter of Diane Creech), also had an impressive showing, competing in two divisions with two different partners.

Riding Devon L (De Niro x Wolkenstein II), a 17-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by her mother and Louise Leatherdale, Creech-Terauds earned top-three placings across the board in the CDI Under 25 (U25) division. A score of 63.632% for third place on Sept. 29 kicked things off for the duo in the CDI-U25 Intermediate II. They went on to earn 67.884% in the CDI-U25 Grand Prix on Sept. 30 for second place, then finished on Oct. 1 with third place (68.775%) in the CDI-U25 Grand Prix Freestyle. The Under 25 Inter II and Short Grand Prix were won by Finnish Merita Hagren on the 15-year old Dutch warmblood Viveur (by Ohorn). The Under 25 Freestyle was won by Spanish Rodrigo Encinas Fuentes and the 15-year old Dutch warmblood GK Van The Man (by Obelisk).

Creech-Terauds saw even more success in the CDI Young Rider division, earning a hat trick by winning all three classes aboard Fleur de Lis L, her partner from NAJYRC 2016, where she picked up double individual silver medals and team gold. In Devon, their first win came in the Young Rider Team Test on Sept. 29 after scoring 68.289%. On Sept. 30, they won with a score of 66.816%, then completed the hat trick on Oct. 1 after earning 72.350% in the Young Rider Freestyle. Unfortunately, only three riders competed in the team test, two in the individual and Creech was the only one to ride the Kur.

Junior Riders

Canada’s Junior athletes were equally successful in a field of five for the junior division. Ava MacCoubrey, 16, of Cobourg, ON mirrored Creech-Terauds success by putting a second hat trick on the board for Canada. Returning to the ring for the first time since June with Ritter Benno (Rolls Royce x Weinberg), a 16-year-old Westphalian gelding owned by Nicholas Hansen, MacCoubrey topped the CDI Junior Team Test with a score of 68.468% on Sept. 29. She followed up with scores of 70.263% and 72.900%, respectively in the Individual and freestyle classes.

Close behind in the results with two different horses was Allison Youngdale, 17, of Osgoode, ON. Riding RF Cosima 201(Conello x Sir Shostakovich xx), her 12-year-old Holsteiner mare, Youngdale had her best results, taking second place across the board in the Team (67.072%), Individual (66.079%) and Freestyle (66.775%). Riding her NAJYRC 2017 partner, Ramiro (Blue Hors Don Romantic x Rambo), her 10-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, she also picked up third place in both the Team (67.027%) and Individual (64.947%).

Young Horse Action

Adding even more wins to Canada’s tally at Devon was Eiren Crawford, a Canadian who currently resides in Sparks Glencoe, MD. In addition to earning top-10 placings in the big tour, Crawford brought along a young string of horses to contest the FEI Young Horse classes.

Her best results came aboard PSI auction horse Bacary, owned by Lisa Smith, in the 5-Year-Old division. They won both classes, with impressive scores of 78.400% on Sept. 28 and 78.800% on Sept. 29. Paired with Godot SSF, a Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Scot and Carole Tolman and sired by Sir Sinclair, Crawford began on Sept. 28 with a second place finish with 79.600%, then returned the following day to score 77.200% for the win.

Photos © Sue Stickle - Stacy Lynne Photo

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