Trainer Ed Creamer smiled through his career with quirky first horse Korenbloem Santiago. The horse was frequently seen at Surrey venues spoiling good work with melt-downs, but Ed nevertheless took him from novice in the early 2000s, when he was in his late teens, up to grand prix while he was based in Oxfordshire. Originally from Farnham, Ed has now moved back to home territory and has based his Chevalier Dressage business not far away in Surrey.
“I TOOK Santiago over to Germany with me when I went for a couple of years, training and working for German Olympic rider, now German Team Trainer, Monica Theodorescu,” he told Out and About Dressage. “I learnt huge amounts about the scales of training, and why we do what we do and how. I also learnt German fast, as they wouldn’t talk to me in English.
“Two memorable things Monica’s father [the renowned George Theodorescu who was awarded the German Golden Rider’s Cross] then nearly 80 said to me, ‘After all these years, I now think I know what I’m doing, but my body can’t do it any more’ — and something I still apply in my day to day riding —
‘When you can’t work out a problem, put yourself in the horse’s shoes. You must imagine how the horse in his brain and with his body is trying to do something — or understand why it is getting confused’
“I have similar issues to the ones I had with Santiago with the two horses I have now,” says the 33-year-old Ed. They are five-year-old Apache x Osmium stallion Hocus Pocus IV, below, who has mid-70% novice scores on record, and nine-year-old Quoaprice x Goodtimes gelding Diello who is competing at medium. “Horatio is doing the Hickstead Young Horse classes at the Hickstead International at the end of July — and I’m going to do a lot hacking before that!”
Ed explained: “Diello was a show jumper pretty much up until I got him a year ago. He is so sweet but worried and it’s taken a long time to convince him everything is okay — lots of cuddles and that sort of nonsense. I have been in touch with Esmée Donkers, who is on the Dutch Young Rider squad. She rode him as a four-year-old and she said he was really hot and sharp and they thought show jumping would calm him down a bit — it didn’t. He lives out and just comes in to work and be fed.”
Ed’s Chevalier Dressage livery and training business is based at Old Hearne Farm, Haslemere, down a quiet lane on the edge of Blackdown common in the South Downs National Park. Facilities include stabling for nine within a beamed barn, a 60 by 40m sand and rubber arena, extensive grazing and parking for lorries.
In addition to the part or full livery, Ed adds, “I take a lot of horses in for training and sale, or backing and breaking and problem shooting, etc. My fiancée also runs an equine agency, Charlotte Nash Cross Keys International, which sources horses for people all over the world.”
© Celia Cadwallader, 14 July 2017