Wellington, Fla. – Jan. 25, 2018 – On a beautiful morning on the opening day of the third week of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival [AGDF], Adrienne Lyle and Salvino danced their way to a top score in a full class with 17 horse and rider combinations. Lyle and the 11-year-old Hanoverian stallion (Sandro Hit–Donnerhall, Dynastie) put in a clean test and earned an impressive score of 74.543 percent, Lyle’s highest international Grand Prix score of her career. The stallion was originally purchased as a syndicate, which included Akiko Yamazaki, until Betsy Juliano recently purchased the full share.
Lyle and Salvino made their CDI debut in Wellington last March where they won the earned a 69.6 percent in the CDI3* Grand Prix and won the Grand Prix Special with a 73.510 percent. They then went on to join the US team in Aachen Germany, where they placed ninth and thirteenth. The pair were crowned the US Reserve Grand Prix Champion at the 2017 Festival of Champions in Gladstone, New Jersey.
Coming in second place was Shelly Francis and Patricia Stempel’s Doktor with a score of 72.413 percent. Rounding out the top three was Canada’s Megan Lane and Caravella, a 17-year-old KWPN mare. The pair earned a score of 71.783 percent for third place.
From The Winners Circle
Adrienne Lyle- First Place
On Her Ride:
“I was really pleased with his energy and his effort — he felt amazing. This is only our fourth CDI together and we haven’t been in the ring since Aachen and we’ve been home training. I debated taking him in the national show since it’s been a while, but we decided against that. So it was a bit of a gamble but he’s pretty solid in his mind. He’s not too bothered by this type of atmosphere, he got a little hot going around the ring before we went in, but I liked that. I like hot horses.”
“He’s the best horse I’ve ever sat on quality wise. He’s got an incredible ability to collect for the piaffe and passage work, but he can still relax and produce a great walk. He has all the parts you need. He’s a horse who will do anything for you every single time if he really understands what you want, and he is so sweet. He’s the kindest, sweetest horse I’ve ever had.”
On Her Future Plans:
“We just got an invitation to do the 5*, so we’ll be doing that. I’m in the process of getting a freestyle made for him. The only time we rode in one was at Festival of Champions, and we rode to Wizard’s old music, so I want to get him his own. Once that’s done I want to get us into some freestyles too. And of course, we have our eyes on WEG, that’s the goal.”
CDI 3* Grand Prix Final Results
Rider / Country / Horse / Total Score
1. Adrienne Lyle / USA / Salvino / 74.654
2. Shelly Francis / USA / Doktor / 72.413
3. Megan Lane / CAN / Caravella / 71.783
4. Yvonne Losos De Muniz / DOM / Aquamarijn / 69.717
5. Jill Iriving / CAN / Degas 12 / 68.543
6. Michael Klimke / GER / Royal Dancer 33 / 68.304
7. Sahar Daniel Hirosh / ISR / Whitman / 66.522
8. Kiichi Haarada / JPN / Egistar / 66.261
9. Arlene Page / USA / Woodstock / 65.891
10. Joanne Vaughan / GEO / Elemegardens Marquis / 65.435
11. Liz Steacie / CAN / Callahan / 65.379
12. Diane Creech / CAN / Diana C / 65.000