Sept. 29—Devon, Pa.
Ten years ago Diane Creech made her way down centerline at her first Dressage At Devon on Wiona, and she came home with a Grand Prix and Grand Prix freestyle win.
Now she’s on her way to repeating that feat, taking the win in the Grand Prix for the freestyle on Chrevis Christo, a 14-year-old Danish Warmblood (Chrevi’s Cavallo—Chrevi’s La Vi, Matador) gelding she owns with Louise Leatherdale, who also owned Wiona.
“We were over the moon,” said Creech of the win a decade ago. “Now it took 10 years to repeat that! We had to work hard for that. It’s such a great experience to come here to Devon, and it’s such a fun show. It’s a special show. To win here and to be in the winner’s circle is a very special feeling.”
Creech and Leatherdale bought “Christo” when he was working towards fourth level.
“I just took my time with him because he’s such a talented horse, and I wanted to make sure that he was ready for taking on the atmosphere,” she said. “I must say, we went in there today, and he loves a crowd. He’s such a crowd pleaser. Atmosphere does not bother him. He’s such an honest horse, and he really always tries his best. Maybe sometimes he scares a little bit about a flower pot, but the whole atmosphere, he loves it.”
The pair just came back from a European tour where they experienced their first indoor show together at Hartpury CDI*** (England), and earned their best freestyle score ever, a 75.15 percent.
“I was thinking I would ride him a little conservative, but he came into that ring and was just so great with the crowd, so I could actually really ride him,” said Creech. “That’s the nice thing about him, you can really ride him. He trusts you and he really does give his best.”
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The USEF Network live stream can be found here.
Be sure to check out the Oct. 9 issue of the Chronicle for more about the winners at Dressage At Devon.