Wellington, Fla. – Feb. 8, 2019 – It does not happen too often when a CDI5* Grand Prix Special is held under the lights at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, but competitors enjoyed performing in the electric atmosphere of Friday Night Lights before the Freestyle competition kicked off later in the evening. Earlier in the week, American Adrienne Lyle rode her World Equestrian Games mount, Salvino, to the win in the CDI5* Grand Prix to qualify for the Special and she continued her domination by adding a second blue ribbon on Friday.
Only five riders competed in the CDI5* Grand Prix Special but Lyle gave a strong performance with Betsy Juliano’s Salvino, a 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion she trains with the help of Debbie McDonald, the new U.S. Dressage Technical Advisor. She plans on competing him during Week 8’s CDI-W later in February.
Shelly Francis and Danilo maintained their hold of second place from the Grand Prix to the Grand Prix Special with a 70.468 percent. The pair has competed internationally for seven years and last year they represented the U.S. at the FEI World Cup Finals in Paris, France. Francis is aiming to qualify for the Finals in Gothenburg, Sweden, later this spring.
Georgia’s Joanne Vaughan placed third with her 20-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, Elmegardens Marquis, on a score of 66.511 percent. Earlier in his career, Elmegardens Marquis competed internationally with Great Britain’s Emile Faurie before Vaughan took over the ride in 2013. Most recently, the pair competed at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina.
Results: CDI5* Grand Prix Special
Rider / Country / Horse / Total Score
1. Adrienne Lyle / USA / Salvino / 73.574
2. Shelly Francis / USA / Danilo / 70.468
3. Joanne Vaughan / GEO / Elmegardens Marquis / 66.511
4. Michael Klimke / GER / Royal Dancer 33 / 65.638
5. Devon Kane / USA / Sir Galanto / 65.617
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Adrienne Lyle – CDI5* Grand Prix Special winner
On her performance:
“This is my first time I’ve ever done the Special under the lights. It’s always a thrill to ride under the lights on Friday night at Global — it is so much fun. I’m so happy with Salvino and his attitude. He’s just going out there and enjoying every minute of it. He’s happy to be working and he’s doing what I ask. I think he will only keep getting better from here.”
On what she will focus on in training for the future:
“I am super happy with his attitude. He is being very honest in the ring with me and I, as a rider, need to work on how to balance him to prepare him for every movement. He’s a very athletic horse with a ton of scope, which is wonderful, but I need to keep it all exactly even throughout the whole test. Those are all things, as a rider, I can work on. He is trying really hard to understand what I want.”
How he’s progressed:
“It’s been a fun journey so far with him. Our biggest strength and weakness is his scope and the looseness in his movement. At times, it has been like riding an octopus — trying to get all the legs under you in one place. He’s starting to understand his work and feel confident that he can do what I ask every time. Now it’s refining how I ride things with him. Overall, his confidence level in the ring is what I’m most pleased with.”