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Diane Creech Scores Double Victories at CDI CNE Classic | Print |
Diane Creech and Wiona (Action Pix Photography)August 21, 2008 — Diane Creech of Caistor Centre, ON, earned a double victory in Toronto, winning the Grand Prix on August 8, and the Grand Prix Special on August 9, at the CDI-W CNE Classic, held at the Ricoh Centre in Toronto, ON, August 7 to 9, 2008.

Creech, riding Wiona, Louise Leatherdale’s 11-year-old Hanoverian mare sired by Weltmeyer, received a score of 66.750%. Jessica Costello of King City, ON, won second place on Litmanen, a 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, sired by Facet, owned by Judy Elliott. Simone Williams of Navan, ON, finished in third with her horse Wunder Ein (Wolkenstein II x Maat), a 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding. 1988 Olympic Bronze Medalist Cindy Ishoy of Lynden, ON, finished in fourth place, with Dread Response (Donnerschlag x Rosenkavalier), an 11-year-old Rheinlander gelding owned by Joseph Saul.
Diane Creech and Wiona (Action Pix Photography)
Creech and Wiona also earned the top score of 65.480% during the Grand Prix Special competition. Costello and Litmanen finished second.

Williams and Wunder Ein won the Grand Prix Freestyle with a score of 67.550%. Finishing second was Ishoy and Dread Response with 65.850%.

In the Advanced Division, Williams and Wunder Ein finished first, and Ishoy and Dread Response placed second in the Intermediaire II class. The Intermediaire I Freestyle was won by 2004 Olympian Belinda Trussell of Stouffville, ON, with a score of 69.550%. Trussell was riding the eight-year-old German-bred gelding Anton (Antaeus x Melit), owned by Robyn Eames, to music from the soundtrack of the Bee Movie.

“Anton was really good in this venue. It is very good to be able to ride in an indoor stadium setting, and my horse handled it really well,” noted Trussell. “He was really on and completely ridable.”

Creech and her second horses, Devon L, Douglas Leatherdale’s eight-year-old Hanoverian gelding sired by De Niro, finished second with a score of 67.950%. Third place went to Julie Watchorn of Schomberg, ON, her mare Quintesse, a 15-year-old Belgian Warmblood, with a score of 67.600%. Young Rider, Leah Wilson of Orangeville, ON, and her gelding Amusant, a 13-year-old Hanoverian, finished in fourth with a score of 67.000%. Lee Tubman of Dunnville, ON, followed in fifth place, with 65.600%, aboard the seven-year-old Hanoverian mare De La Rosa (De Niro x Rohdiamant) owned by Ducat Developments.

Devon L and Creech also won the Intermediaire I with 68.000%, and Trussell and Anton were second with 66.900. Wilson and Amusant earned a score of 65.450% for third, and Linda Robert of Terrebonne, QC, on Wedding Surprise, Daniel Barolet’s 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding sired by World Cup III, finished in fourth with 64.250%.

"Wiona is so awesome and honest. She keeps pushing herself. Devon is comfortable at his level and he continues to be eager and have fun," noted Creech. "I am so fortunate to have the ride on these great horses. I am grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Leatherdale for their continued support."

The Prix St. Georges class was won by Trussell and Anton with a score of 67.550%, followed by Creech and Devon L in second place with 66.40%. In third place, with 66.150%, was Tubman and De La Rosa. With Amusant, Wilson earned a score of 65.800% for fourth place, and Jill Irving of Moncton, NB, riding her gelding Grand Marnier, an 11-year-old Hanoverian sired by Grand Cru, followed close behind for fifth place with 64.950%. Gary Vander Ploeg of King City, ON, and Degas (Donner Hall x Pring Miro), an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Jean Vander Ploeg, placed sixth with 64.350%.

In the Young Rider and Junior category Katharine Martin of Burlington, ON, won the FEI Young Rider Freestyle (67.200%) and the FEI Young Rider Team Test with Optimist, Elizabeth Bishop’s 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. The FEI Young Rider Individual test was won by Sarah Diasy Kosa, of Toronto, ON, riding Robic, a 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood owned by Katharine Renison.

The FEI Junior Freestyle (64.550%), Individual and Team tests were all won by Elizabeth Allum of Orleans, ON, and her horse Watson, a 10-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding.

In the FEI Pony Division, Noemie Gagnon-Bergeron of Kanata, ON, and Crown Royal, won the Freestyle with a score of 66.250%. The pair also won the Individual and the team test as well.

In the Young Horse Five-Year-Old Division Annaliese Farber of Peterborough, ON, rode Karen Thomson’s Hanoverian stallion, sired by Don Frederico, Donnegan, to wins in both the Preliminary (77.600%) and the Finale classes (84.600%). Oskar K, a Canadian Warmblood gelding owned by Joanne Walker and ridden by Susan Ziereisen of Carp, ON, finished second in both the Preliminary class, 77.000%, and the Finale with 75.200.000%. Godiva, a Trakehner mare owned and ridden by Julie Watchorn, finished third in the Preliminary class with 71.200, and third in the Finale class (67.200%). 

The international judging panel included Stephen Clarke (FEI O—GBR), Brenda Minor (FEI C—CAN), Linda Louise Zang (FEI O—USA), Mary Robins (FEI C—NZD) and Maria Colliander (FEI I—FIN).

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Dressage Canada, as a committee of Equine Canada, is the National governing body for Dressage in Canada. Dressage Canada's objective is to foster the growth of Dressage and the pursuit of excellence in the sport at the local, national and international levels. Dressage Canada provides support and guidance to both amateur and professional through the following programs: coaching education and programs, officials’ education and programs, rules & qualifying criteria, sport development, publications & awards. For more information about Dressage Canada, please visit the Dressage section of the Equine Canada site.

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