Horizon with Adrienne Lyle Moves Another Step To Big Tour at Global Dressage Festival

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Adrienne Lyle riding Horizon in the Inter. II at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 12, 2018–Horizon was competed by Adrienne Lyle in their first Intermediate II at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival Friday in another step toward Big Tour for the 2017 American Intermediate champion.

Adrienne said she was “thrilled” with the performance of the 11-year-old Oldenburg mare that scored 70.588 per cent and was being competed for the first time since the U.S. championships in May last year.

“She is not only talented but she absolutely loves to show, has a great work ethic and is very honest in the ring–that counts for a lot,” said Adrienne of Ketchum, Idaho who first competed the horse two years ago.

“I think we will be moving up to a national Grand Prix fairly soon. After we see how that goes, then we will make plans about moving on from there. One step at a time, and all in time so she continues to gain confidence.”

Horizon has been owned by Elizabeth Juliano since 2011. She is also a member of the syndicate that owns Adrienne’s Grand Prix mount, Salvino that was on the American team that won silver at the Nations Cup in Aachen, Germany last summer.

The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) continues to pursue a case against Horizon and another American horse, Don Principe, over the detection of traces of the prohibited substance ractopamine after a CDI in Wellington last winter.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport cut short an initial suspension of two months so the horses could compete in the championships.

Although pretty much everyone agrees the drug offenses were caused by a supplement contaminated in manufacture about which the riders could have had no knowledge without analyzing every feed and supplement purchased for the horses.

The costs of defending against the FEI to locate the source of the contamination then fighting the legal case in Lausanne, Switzerland–where the FEI is based to their costs are minimal–has already run into hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Americans.