Salvino Earns His First CDI5* Grand Prix Win With Adrienne Lyle

Wellington, Fla. – Feb 7, 2019 – It was a beautiful day with South Florida warmth when competitors for the CDI5* Grand Prix (for the Grand Prix Special) took to the Adequan Global Dressage Festival stadium. In a small field of only five horse-and-rider combinations, Adrienne Lyle and Salvino earned their first CDI5* win with a 74.565 percent. The talented 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Betsy Juliano earned multiple scores of 8 across the judging panel for his piaffe and passage, as well as an 8 for Lyle’s riding collective mark.

Adrienne Lyle and Salvino
Adrienne Lyle and Salvino

Riding into second place with a 69.478 percent was fellow American Shelly Francis aboard Patricia Stempel’s Danilo. It was this combination’s highest placed finish in a CDI5*. The 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding has had a standout past year with Francis earning multiple Grand Prix wins in Aachen, Germany.

Shelly Francis and Danilo
Shelly Francis and Danilo

Rounding out the top three was Germany’s Michael Klimke on Royal Dancer 33 with a 68.674 percent. Royal Dancer 33 is a 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding Klimke owns with Uwe Kappel.

Michael Klimke and Royal Dancer 33
Michael Klimke and Royal Dancer 33

The division will continue Friday, Feb. 8, at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival at 7 p.m. for the Grand Prix Special.

RESULTS: CDI5* Grand Prix (for Grand Prix Special)
Place / Rider / Country / Horse / Score
1. Adrienne Lyle / USA / Salvino / 74.565
2. Shelly Francis / USA / Danilo / 69.478
3. Michael Klimke / GER / Royal Dancer 33 / 68.674
4. Devon Kane / USA / Sir Galanto / 67.391
5. Joanne Vaughan / GEO / Elmegardens Marquis / 64.087


Adrienne Lyle – CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle winner

On Salvino’s performance:
“First of all, I am really pleased with Salvino. For going in for the second time he doesn’t seem to have lost any of his spark so far this season. If anything he was a little overly enthusiastic going in, but I would much rather have too much horse to deal with than feel like he is getting flat in there [the ring]. I am really proud of the way he is training and schooling. There are still a lot of little things in the ring that I, as a rider, need to figure out how to polish up to get the scores up to where I know he is capable, but this is the start of our season so I am very proud of his performance.”

Adrienne Lyle and Salvino
Adrienne Lyle and Salvino

“I would like to thank the sponsors of the show for having a 5* in the states. It is really something that is incredible and I am really appreciative that we are able to have this venue and have this level of competition here.”

Adrienne Lyle and Salvino
Adrienne Lyle and Salvino

On her decision to do the Special:
“It was a last minute decision for me to do the 5*. I had been going back and forth and I was kind of playing around with the idea of trying to qualify for World Cup. Now that the FEI has changed that rule to needing three qualifying scores you really have to pick and choose which shows you do. He [Salvino] is not a horse that I can show at every show, he does good with some down time in-between. At the last minute I decided that I really wanted to do the 5* so I am not going to do the two back to back W’s that are coming up. There is such an emphasis for the Special thinking ahead to Tokyo since the team medals are decided on the Special. We do need to get some Specials in order to qualify ourselves to go to Nations Cup in Aachen this summer. I wanted to be sure that I got a Special in when I had the chance.”

On her preparation for the Grand Prix Special:
“We won’t change a lot between now and tomorrow. I consider him to be a greener Grand Prix horse so just trying to polish up the way I ride the corners and the way I prepare for movements. Little things like today we had a short change behind in the twos, which is unfortunate because he is usually quite good in those. I am trying to continue along this path. I feel like his attitude is really the best it has been in the time I have had him. He is really enjoying going in there [the ring]. To me, that is the number one priority because then everything else will come along with that.”

Adrienne Lyle and Salvino
Adrienne Lyle and Salvino

On her schedule leading up to this show:
“I promised him that I wouldn’t put a saddle on him for a month after the WEG and I stuck to that promise. He just went in turn out and went on the walker. Then I started him back under saddle and did a lot of hacking. All of a sudden two months was gone and it was season. Then we realized we needed to get it together, which is why we weren’t in the first one. I didn’t feel he was quite fit enough to where I want to put him back in that first one. That was a choice I knew I made when I decided I wanted to give him some easy months after the WEG.”

Shelly Francis – CDI5* Grand Prix second place

On her decision to do the special:
“I chose to do the Special more so that I could get the mileage with it because I don’t ride it that often. I am always riding freestyles because I like riding them. Also, like Adrienne said, we need to show that our horses can improve in that and work toward the Olympics. I need to get two in and I am still trying for the World Cup — I am not giving up until the fat lady sings! I will just keep going and doing those.”

Shelly Francis and Danilo
Shelly Francis and Danilo

On her test:
“I was a little disappointed with my test today. I tried doing something different in the warm-up. I tried having him a little smoother in the warm-up instead of just a little hot and I think I should have tried to make him smoother in the test and left him hot in the warm-up. He was a good boy in some of the test. Some things improved but we had some unfortunate incidents.”

Michael Klimke – CDI5* Grand Prix third place

On the Adequan Global Dressage Festival:
“Being here for five years, this organization is at the top to have a 5* dressage competition here in Wellington. I have been in this sport for a long time. I was riding in my first Grand Prix in 1988. To see the circuit here and how it is growing and developing, it is really top for the sport.”

On his decision to do the special:
“I had a good CDI the first weekend where I won the Grand Prix and was second in the Special. Two weeks ago he was very fresh and I thought, ’Maybe it is not a good idea to go to the five star, but then I thought, yes.’ As a rider you have to have the responsibility when the show organizer and sponsors make such an event that you want to go.”

On his performance in the Grand Prix:
“I was happy with my horse today. In the ring, he was quite well behaved, although he is a challenge. I bought this horse quite late from the breeder and he has always been nervous, but this is a challenge I really love: how much relationship I can build with him. One day, I hope we can say ‘Let’s go in and let’s go out.’ My horse is nice and I really like him.”

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