Creech rides to dressage honour

Ottawa — Diane Creech of Caistor Centre has been named the Dressage Canada Red Scarf Equestrian Athlete of the Month for February – appropriately enough for her birth month.

Throughout February, Creech posted consistent results in Florida in international competition with Devon L, a 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding sired by De Niro, and Hallmark, an eight-year-old Hanoverian gelding sired by His Highness, both owned by Douglas Leatherdale.

At the Wellington Classic Dressage Spring Challenge CDI in West Palm Beach, held Feb. 9-12, Creech, riding Devon L, placed third with 68.532% in the Grand Prix and fifth in the Grand Prix Special tests, scoring 67.044%. With Hallmark, Creech was third in both the Prix St. Georges (65.342%) and Intermediaire I (68.789%). The pair also finished fourth in the Intermediaire I Freestyle, scoring 67.792%.

Creech also placed sixth in the Grand Prix Freestyle with Devon L, with a score of 66.525% at the Global Dressage Festival, CDI Wellington, held Feb. 17–19.

“I am honoured to be named the Dressage Canada Athlete of the month for February,” Creech said. “Mr. and Mrs. Leatherdale are delighted to see how my focused training with Lars Petersen is reflected in great scores for Devon L and Hallmark at the shows in February. Both horses are happy in their work. We will continue our efforts to proudly represent Canada.”

The Dressage Canada Red Scarf Equestrian Athlete of the Month is a recognition program that celebrates the achievements of Canadian dressage riders who represent Canada in national and international competition in the FEI Pony, Children, Junior, Young Rider, Advanced, Grand Prix and Young Horse classes.