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