Salvino Ridden by Adrienne Lyle in European Debut at Rotterdam CDI3* Grand Prix for 3rd Place
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, June 23, 2017–Salvino made his European debut to be ridden by Adrienne Lyle in the CDI3* Grand Prix at the Rotterdam CHIO for third place and a score of 72.420 per cent.
Adrienne and the 10-year-old Hanoverian stallion were placed behind the Dutch riders Emmelie Scholtens and Apache winning on 75.880 per cent and Edward Gal and Zonik, the latest star for the multi Olympian, in second on 75.440 per cent.
The American pair were competing in only their second Big Tour CDI, the first at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida exactly three months ago. The dressage Grand Prix was staged at the same time as the jumping Nations Cup, both events drawing lots of spectators at the show grounds in a forest on the outskirts of Rotterdam and the 69th year of this CHIO.
The black stallion, bought by a group of investors two years ago as an American team prospect, made no mistakes in the Grand Prix except in the zig-zag for which Adrienne of Ketchum, Idaho took the blame as a rider error.
“I was not nervous,” said Adrienne who rode Wizard for the United States at the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 World Games. “I was more really excited to see how he was going to handle this. It’s a very different venue than anything we’ve shown in before. I was thrilled with him.
“We got in there and he looked around and said, ‘Who invited all these people?’
“He for sure took a look at everyone and said, ‘OK, Mom, I trust you.’ He still let me push on him. We had one little mistake in the zig-zag, unfortunately, which is always a rider error.
“You can’t fault him for anything in there, especially his first European outing, and only our second CDI.”
Asked whether Salvino was as good as she hoped, the 32-year-old rider declared: “Better.
“So we’re going in the right direction. That’s what we want. Slow and steady with this one and we’re sticking with that.”
Adrienne, an assistant trainer for more than a decade with Debbie McDonald in Hailey, Idaho in summer and Wellington in winter, went without an international mount for almost 2 1/2 years after the retirement of Wizard in 2014.
However, this winter she emerged with three prospective stars–Salvino (Sandro Hit x Donnerhall) at Grand Prix and Horizon and Harmony’s Duval at Small Tour.
On Salvino, she was reserve U.S. Grand Prix champion and Intermediate 1 champion on Horizon at the Dutta Corp. Festival of Champions.