Adrienne Lyle & Wizard Win Wellington Nations Cup Freestlyle Gold, Spain’s Juan Matute & Don Diego Silver

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Adrienne Lyle on Wizard sporting the individual gold medal for the Global Dressage Festival Nations Cup Freestyle . © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Adrienne Lyle on Wizard sporting the individual gold medal for the Global Dressage Festival Nations Cup Freestyle . © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 21–The Olympic partnership of Adrienne Lyle and Wizard produced a powerful and expressive Freestyle Friday night to win the Wellington Nations Cup individual gold medal in what was perhaps the most ezciting and emotion-charged competition in American dressage.

The VIP pavilion in its first black tie celebration in the three years of the Global Dressage Festival was a sellout and the spectator stands were filled to overflowing for the unique competition of big and small tour horses competing for individual medals after the United States won gold, Canada silver and Spain bronze in the team contest.

Adrienne of Ketchum, Idaho and Wizard were the victors with 75.800 per cent in the Grand Prix Freestyle.

The 16-year-old Spanish phenom pair of Juan Matute, Jr. and Don Diego Ymas riding at small tour won the silver medal with a score of 75.325 per cent.

The United States Olympic team pair of Tina Konyot of Palm City, Florida and Calecto V, competing at Big Tour, placed third on 75.200 per cent.

Juan Matute, Jr. and Don Diego Ymas enjoying the moment. © 2014 Ken Braddik/dressage-nes.com
Juan Matute, Jr. and Don Diego Ymas enjoying the moment. © 2014 Ken Braddik/dressage-nes.com

The event that began Tuesday with the veterinary check and continued with weather that registered a high temperature of 85F (29C) and a low of 65F (18C) counted more than 500 rides, almost half of them in the CDI that made it the largest dressage show ever outside Europe.

It was what Adrienne described as a “super atmosphere, amazing” competition at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center which attracted riders from almost two dozen countries in its third year.

The horse she has been riding for the past nine years and she took to the London Games in 2012 and then was out of commission for most of 2013 recovering from an injury was “very spicy, kind of hot-headed” in the Freestyle but was probably the most rideable he had ever been with powerful and expressive movement.

Tina Konyot and Calecto V completing their Freestyle at the Wellington Nations Cup. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Tina Konyot and Calecto V completing their Freestyle at the Wellington Nations Cup. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The format of the Nations Cup that included big and small tour combinations was a simple head-to-head competition in the Freestyle in what is billed as “Friday Night Stars.”

Juan, who with his 18-year-old sister, Paula competing on Tarpan Ymas that she has been riding for only a month made up half of the Spanish team, said he felt he received a really good score for his Intermediate Freestyle compared with the “harder movements” of the Grand Prix combinations.

“Who can complain? Second!” he said, explaining that it was the pair’s first night class before a big audience wth lots of atmosphere that made him “a bit nervous.”

“I think he likes people looking at him,” he said of the 11-year-old German-bred gelding by Don Frederico. “I think we both like it.”

The Freestyle was the third ever performed by the pair and its creation was a “family affair”–he and his mother selected the music of sound tracks from movies and video games while his father, a four-time Olympian for Spain, produced the choreography for an event that he decribed as “best experience of his life.”.

jTina Konyot having fun on the Nations Cup individual medals podium. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Tina Konyot having fun on the Nations Cup individual medals podium. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Tina Konyot who rode Calecto V, a 16-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion, on the U.S. teams at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky and the 2012 Olympics, said: “I always want to win… but I’m thriled to be third. I’m so overhwelmed by this young man (Juan Matute), watching him ride, the entire family, the excitement revolving around dressage. I normally want to pretend I’m happy not to be in first, but in this case I really am happy. My horse is getting up to par.”

Arlene “Tuny” Page, who with her husband David Page provided the wine from his collection for the event and sponsored the Nations Cup, said there as “enormous energy” at the event.

She admitted getting some heat from designating the VIP paviion black tie for the first time but “getting glammed up is fun and made everyone feel a bit special.”

Shelly Francis on Doktor enjoying applause from the crowd at the Wellington Nations Cup Freestyle. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Shelly Francis on Doktor enjoying applause from the crowd at the Wellington Nations Cup Freestyle. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

 

Catherine Haddad-Staller piloting Mane Stream Hotmail one-handed. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Catherine Haddad-Staller piloting Mane Stream Hotmail one-handed. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Nations Cup Freestyle individual medal winners Tine Konyot (bronze), Adrienne yle (gold) and Juan Matute, Jr.. siver. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Nations Cup Freestyle individual medal winners Tine Konyot (bronze), Adrienne yle (gold) and Juan Matute, Jr.. siver. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

Intermediate/Grand Prix Freestyle
E: MacDonald – CAN H: Jena – SWE C: Gribbons – USA M: Torrente – COL B: Armando – ARG
Rider Horse Breed Sex Sire Birth Year E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Lyle, Adrienne USA Wizard OLD Gelding Weltmeyer 1999 74.375 3 76.250 1 75.125 3 77.375 1 75.875 1 75.800 1
Matute Jr., Juan ESP Don Diego Ymas HANN Gelding 2003 75.875 1 74.625 2 76.000 2 75.250 4 74.875 2 75.325 2
Konyot, Tina USA Calecto V Danish Warmblood Stallion Come Back II 1998 74.375 3 74.000 3 77.000 1 76.375 2 74.250 3 75.200 3
Francis, Shelly USA Doktor OLD Gelding Diamond Hit 2003 74.625 2 71.500 5 71.500 6 76.375 2 73.000 4 73.400 4
Trussell, Belinda CAN Anton Sachsen Gelding Anteaus 2000 71.875 6 71.750 4 73.875 4 73.000 6 72.000 5 72.500 5
Collins-Strijk, Leida NED West Side Kwpn Gelding Florett Ass 2003 71.750 7 71.500 5 70.625 7 74.875 5 69.625 0 71.675 6
Fraser, Brittany CAN All In Dutch warmblood Gelding Tango 2005 72.375 5 68.750 12 72.500 5 72.500 7 70.000 0 71.225 7
Haddad-Staller, Catherine USA Mane Stream Hotmail Oldenburg Gelding Michellino 2002 69.375 11 69.750 9 70.000 8 69.625 11 70.250 7 69.800 8
Martin, Silva USA Rosa Cha W WB Mare Redardez Moi 2006 71.000 9 66.250 17 68.750 9 70.750 9 69.875 0 69.325 0
Layne, Kelly AUS Udon P Kwpn Gelding Hierarch 2001 67.500 15 69.125 10 68.625 10 70.875 8 69.875 0 69.200 0
Harding, Shawna USA Rigo HANN Gelding Rotspon 2001 68.500 12 70.000 8 68.125 11 68.625 12 68.250 0 68.700 0
Munoz, Carlos ESP Klouseau TRAK Gelding 2001 69.750 10 70.250 7 67.125 14 67.625 14 68.375 0 68.625 0
Lane, Megan CAN San D’Or WEST Gelding 2006 71.375 8 67.625 14 68.125 11 67.750 13 67.125 0 68.400 0
Von Martels, Chris CAN Zilverstar KWPN Gelding Rosseau 2004 66.125 16 67.625 14 67.000 15 70.250 10 70.875 6 68.375 0
Dvorak, Tom CAN Ribot OLD Gelding Hilltop Reno 2002 68.250 13 68.375 13 67.250 13 65.875 16 66.875 0 67.325 0
Tigchelaar, Patrick NED Davidor 4 Han Gelding Davignon I 2005 67.750 14 69.125 10 63.750 17 65.750 18 68.750 0 67.025 0
Irving, Jill CAN Dio Mio HANN Gelding De Niro 2003 65.250 18 66.625 16 65.000 16 66.625 15 63.000 0 65.300 0
Orlob, Marcus GER Shakespeare RSF Hanoverian Stallion Sandro Hit 2004 66.000 17 63.875 18 63.500 18 65.875 16 65.125 0 64.875 0