Hello & Goodbye to CDI Arena for Two American Horses

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Adrienne Lyle jogging Salvino at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in preparation for the stallion’s inaugural CDI Grand Prix. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 21, 2017–Salvino, a 10-year-old Hanoverian stallion, on Tuesday was heading to the Big Tour competition arena for the first time while Sundayboy was ready to say farewell at the age of 18 after an up-and-down career that ends as an American team horse for the inaugural Under-25 Nations Cup.

The two horses underwent the compulsory veterinary inspection of more than 100 horses for the last of seven CDIs of a CDIO3* Nations Cup, a CDI Under-25 Nations Cup, a CDI3* and a lineup of young horse and youth riders at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. The winter-long circuit with a total of about $700,000 in prize money makes it the richest dressage competition lineup in the world.

Adrienne Lyle, the 32-year-old rider from Sun Valley, Idaho last competed at international Grand Prix on Wizard at the 2014 World Games in Normandy following the Olympics in London in 2012,.

She will compete Salvino in the CDI3* Grand Prix Wednesday, the initiation at Big Tour after successful warmup national Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special competitions here.

The horse was bought from Spain two years ago by a syndicate of American owners looking to provide the talented Adrienne with a prospective team mount.

Salvino, renamed from Sandronnerhall, its given monicker based on the bloodlines Sandro Hit and Donnerhall, is viewed as a prospect for the American team for the 2018 Games in Tryon, North Carolina.

Anna Buffini with Sundayboy preparing for the Under-25 Nations Cup, the last competition for the 18-year-old KWPN gelding. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Anna Buffini, 22 years old of Del Mar, California will compete Sundayboy on one of two American teams in the Under-25 Nations Cup, the first staged outside Europe.

Anna, coached by United States Olympian Günter Seidel who had ridden the KWPN gelding in the United States and Europe, competed Sundayboy for three years in California. She won team gold at the North American Young Rider Championships in 2014.

She brought Sundayboy (Kennedy x Zevanaar) to Florida for the first time this year to work with Debbie McDonald , a friend of Günter’s who could not be away from his business for so long.

Günter of Cardiff, California lost the ride on Sundayboy at the end of two decades of a sponsorship arrangement, and the horse was later sent to Europe to be sold. Anna tried the horse there and a new partnership was born.

Sundayboy will return with her to the Albert Court equestrian center at Del Mar to “live like a king” in retirement with Günter and Anna watching over him.