Gladstone, N.J. – May 20, 2017 – On the third day of competition at The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions in Gladstone, New Jersey, Adrienne Lyle rode into the lead in the overall championship calculations after placing both first and third in the afternoon’s Intermediate I class on Horizon and Harmony’s Duval.
To take first place, Lyle rode Horizon, a 10-year-old Oldenburg mare, to a score of 70.526 percent.
“Today Horizon was really spot on,” Lyle said. “I wouldn’t have changed anything for her — that mare is just so fun when she’s on it in the show ring. She has a heart bigger than any horse I’ve ever ridden. When she’s right with you, she’s a blast.
“Horizon had a clean test,” she continued. “What I loved about her today was her harmony, composure, confidence and softness in the ring. I really appreciate that from her.”
Coming in second place was Nicole Levy and Floratina, a 9-year-old Hanoverian mare, with a score of 70.368 percent.
“She was really with me today,” Levy said. “We’re always working for a little bit more collection and she really fought for it with me today which is fantastic. She’s a great mare.
“It was cooler today and that really helped,” she explained. “Two days ago, we warmed up a little too much so she came out a little flat because it was hot. Today she had a little more to give, and she did. So I was really pleased with her — she tries so hard.”
Since purchasing her as a 7-year-old in Germany, Levy explained that Floratina has matured very well and blossomed into a horse that is much more powerful and capable of collection.
“She had a great foundation,” Levy said. “She didn’t mature until she was 8. She was quite narrow, and I’m only 5’2” so I loved when she was narrow. Then all of a sudden at the end of last year, she just blossomed into this bourbon barrel. That’s really when she kicked into a second gear of collection.”
Claiming third place on the second of her three horses competing at Gladstone was Lyle with Harmony’s Duval, a 9-year-old KWPN gelding with 70.132 percent. The score helped jump the pair ahead of Jane Cleveland and Monique to lead the overall championship going into the final day on Sunday.
“Duval I was also really pleased with, and we put in a clean test,” Lyle said. “There’s some balance issues we still continue to improve and he’s a really powerful, big moving horse. But for him to come out to his first championships and put in two clean tests, I was thrilled.”
“Duval is an incredibly talented horse,” she expressed. “This is his first season competing at this level, he hasn’t done CDIs or anything. He’s a little bit greener in the harder test and it shows up, but I think he’s so talented.”
The national champions in each division will be decided in the freestyles on Sunday, May 21 beginning at 8 a.m.
Intermediate I Results
1. Adrienne Lyle/Horizon/70.526
2. Nicole Levy/Floratina/70.368
3. Adrienne Lyle/Harmony’s Duval/70.132
4. Jane Cleveland/Monique/69.947
5. Jennifer Baumert/Handsome/69.526
6. Jessica Jo Tate/Montana/68.737
7. Catherine Malone/Dilona/68.105
8. Natalie Pai/Fritz San Tino/66.789
9. Jessica Jo Tate/Summersby/66.316
10. Tiffany Silverman/Sebastian/66.132
11. Bridget Hay/Faolan/64.211
12. Riana Porter/Dax/63.605
Overall Intermediate I Championship Calculations
Rider/Horse/40% Prix St. Georges/45% Intermediate I/Total Calculations
1. Adrienne Lyle/Harmony’s Duval/28.242/31.559/59.801
2. Jane Cleveland/Monique/28.316/31.476/59.792
3. Adrienne Lyle/Horizon/27.905/31.737/59.642
4. Jennifer Baumert/Handsome/28.063/31.287/59.350
5. Nicole Levy/Floratina/27.653/31.666/59.318