Adrienne Lyle & Salvino Post Highest Grand Prix Special Score in USA This Year to Win Wellington CDI3*

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Adrienne Lyle and Salvino on the final centerline of the Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Special. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 27, 2018–Adrienne Lyle and Salvino posted the highest Grand Prix Special score in the United States this year to win the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Special Saturday.

The score of 75.234 per cent for Adrienne and the 11-year-old Hanoverian stallion beat their three previous Specials in Florida and Europe since beginning Big Tour less than a year ago and was higher than winning combinations in Specials performed on the Florida and California circuits so far this year.

The win came two days after the Grand Prix was captured by Adrienne of Ketchum, Idaho and the horse that moved into the hands of a single owner, Elizabeth Juliano, a week ago when she bought out the small syndicate set up to give the 2012 Olympic rider a U.S. team prospect.

“The effort he’s putting in in the ring is pretty phenomenal,” Adrienne said of Salvino, originally named Sandronerhall when bought from Spain and now nicknamed “Vinny.”

“It’s now just a matter of smoothing it out and him really understanding what we want, when because he’s always so eager to offer it all up in there that sometimes you just have to tell him to take a breath, we only need one step at a time

“Every time he goes in there he tries harder and for a stallion that’s pretty special.”

Canada’s Olympic combination of Megan Lane and Caravella placed second on 72.383 per cent. Megan originally competed Caravella at young rider then moved up through the Under-25 to Big Tour in 2012 going to the World Equestrian Games in 2014 and was on the 2015 Pan American Games silver medal team. Caravella is 17 years old.

Shelly Francis of Loxahatchee, Florida and Doktor were third on 71.362 per cent

Adrienne is coached by Debbie McDonald as is Laura Graves and Verdades, the two combinations that dominated this weekend’s World Cup event. Both pairs will compete in the $190,000 CDI5* in two weeks.

Salvino showing off his big, bold extended trot while ridden by Adrienne Lyle in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Special. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The 33-year-old rider, who is a member of the U.S. Equestrian Federation Elite squad, hopes to be selected for the squad of Americans that will go to Europe after the Florida circuit as part of the selection procedures for the World Games.

She said that Salvino has “incredible” ability for piaffe/passage and also “very loose bold extensions.”

Exciting about Salvino, Adrienne said that she had heard from some judges, “there’s not one thing that will be a weak point. As everything gets stronger, we’ll see where the scores go but there’s not one thing that he’s plateaued or even close to plateauing.”

Adrienne is thinking about entering the two World Cup events that remain on the Global calendar this winter, though the World Equestrian Games in Tryon in September is the main goal this year.

Laura and Verdades already have won one qualifier and are campaigning to go to the Paris final in mid-April.

Results:.

CDI-W Grand Prix Special
E: Ringmark-SWE H: Santos Redondo-ESP C: Lehrmann-GER M: Asmyr-NOR B: Foy-USA
Rider Nat. Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Lyle, Adrienne USA Salvino 74.894 1 75.745 1 73.830 1 76.277 1 75.426 1 75.234 1
Lane, Megan CAN Caravella 70.851 2 75.319 2 72.766 2 71.596 3 71.383 3 72.383 2
Francis, Shelly USA Doktor 69.681 4 70.213 3 72.340 3 72.766 2 71.809 2 71.362 3
Losos De Muniz, Yvonne DOM Aquamarijn 70.213 3 70.213 3 71.489 4 70.745 4 68.617 6 70.255 4
Page, Arlene USA Woodstock 69.681 4 69.894 5 68.936 5 70.000 5 70.957 4 69.894 5
Harada, Kiichi JPN Egistar 65.532 9 66.809 8 67.660 7 67.979 8 69.574 5 67.511 6
Creech, Diane CAN Diana C 66.702 8 65.851 10 67.766 6 68.617 6 67.979 8 67.383 7
Hirosh, Sahar Daniel ISR Whitman 66.809 7 67.234 7 65.213 8 68.511 7 68.511 7 67.255 8
Irving, Jill CAN Degas 12 66.702 10 68.191 6 65.213 8 67.872 9 66.915 9 66.979 9
Parvey-Larsson, Stacy USA Benidetto 67.128 6 66.170 9 64.681 10 66.383 10 63.298 12 65.532 10
Aide, Pamela USA Bon De Niro P 63.404 11 64.468 11 61.702 14 66.170 11 62.766 13 63.702 11
Vaughan, Joanne GEO Elmegardens Marquis 62.979 12 63.936 12 62.872 11 63.936 14 64.362 10 63.617 12
Steacie, Liz CAN Callahan 62.021 13 63.723 13 62.553 12 64.574 13 60.851 14 62.745 13
Egerstrom, Christer CRC Bello Oriente 58.191 14 62.234 14 62.553 12 64.787 12 63.936 11 62.340 14
Klimke, Michael GER Royal Dancer 33 W.D.