Horizon to be Ridden by Adrienne Lyle in Wellington’s Global CDI3* Grand Prix for Mare’s 1st Big Tour Competition

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Horizon being ridden by Adrienne Lyle in the 11-year-old mare’s first Grand Prix Special, a national competition, in Wellington last ween. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 13, 2018–Horizon will be ridden by Adrienne Lyle in the Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Thursday, the first Big Tour event for the 11-year-old Oldenburg mare that was the 2017 United States Intermediate 1 champion.

Horizon, scheduled for the Grand Prix Thursday and the Special Saturday, joins Salvino as the second Grand Prix mount for Adrienne, a 2012 Olympic rider for the United States, and both owned by Elizabeth Juliano.

Horizon made 10 CDI small tour starts in 2017, all at Wellington’s Global festival, before Adrienne competed the mare at the Festival of Champions to win the Intermediate 1 championship, her first national title.

Horizon (Hotline x Don Schufro) was bought by “Betsy” Juliano in December, 2010. The horse was competed at national and young horse levels from 2011 until Adrienne, of Ketchum, Idaho began showing her in 2016.

In their first national Grand Prix at Global a month ago, the pair scored 72.283 per cent and in a national Grand Prix Special in the same arena last weekend were awarded 77.979 per cent. Both results were from one judge.

Horizon is already on the U.S. pre-elite squad while, the 11-year-old stallion Salvino that Adrienne began showing Big Tour a year ago, is on the U.S. Elite squad, along with five other combinations.

A drug test in February 2017 that found the banned substance ractopamine in Horizon as it did with another horse, Don Principe ridden by Kaitlin Blythe. Extensive testing of feed and supplements of the two horses found that a gastric supplement had been contaminated in production and the manufacturer withdrew it from the market. The banned substance was not disclosed on the product label.

The international Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) issued a temporary stay of the suspensions that allowed both horses to compete in the American championships but the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) is still pursuing the case.