USA Olympic & World Games Team Horse Wizard Retired

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Wizard with rider Adrienne Lye and grooms Taylor Yamamoto (at the 2014 World Games) and Ruben Palomera (2012 Olympic Games) in retirement ceremony at the Thomas & Mack Center during the World Cup Finals. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Wizard with rider Adrienne Lye and grooms Taylor Yamamoto (at the 2014 World Games) and Ruben Palomera (2012 Olympic Games) in retirement ceremony at the Thomas & Mack Center during the World Cup Finals. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LAS VEGAS, April 17, 2015–Wizard that was ridden by Adrienne Lyle for the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2014 World Equestrian Games was retired Friday at a ceremony in the Thomas & Mack Center during the World Cup Finals of dressage and jumping and to honor Parry Thomas the owner with his wife of the Oldenburg gelding.

Adrienne first began competing Wizard at international Big Tour more than six years ago and started 55 times at Grand Prix levels on both sides of the Atlantic until his last competition at the World Games in Normandy, France last August.

Now 16 years old, Wizard (Weltmeyer x Classiker) will retire to the Thomas family equestrian center in Hailey, Idaho where Debbie McDonald, who trained Adrienne and the horse and competed Brentina also owned by the Thomas family, is based.

Parry Thomas helped bankroll the development of Las Vegas and donated the land on which the Thomas & Mack Center as the basketball arena of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas Runnin’ Rebelsis is located. The stadium hosted the first dual dressage and jumping World Cups in 2005 and was the repeat host in 2007, 2009 and again this year.

Parry Thomas will be 94 years old this year.

Some highlights of the competition career of Wizard.

Adrienne Lyle and Wizard at the World Games in 2014, their last competition. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Adrienne Lyle and Wizard at the World Games in 2014, their last competition. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Wizard ridden by Adrienne Lyle competing in Europe. © 2014 Ken Braddck/dressage-news.com
Wizard ridden by Adrienne Lyle competing at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany, the world’s premier horse show. © 2014 Ken Braddck/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
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 and Wizard at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, one of many career highlights . © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Adrienne Lyle and Wizard at the Olympic Games in London in 2012. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Adrienne Lyle celebrating on Wizard. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Adrienne Lyle celebrating after a competition ride on Wizard. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com