USA, Led by Personal Best from Adrienne Lyle & Salvino, Dominate Wellington Nations Cup at Midway With Canada Standing 2nd, Australia 3rd
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 28, 2018–Adrienne Lyle and Salvino posted a personal best score to lead the United States to domination midway through the Global Dressage Festival CDIO3* Nations Cup with Canada standing second and Australia third.
After the Grand Prix as the first of two phases of the Nations Cup, the United States was the only team all with scores above 70 per cent that counted for the total–Adrienne and Salvino on 76.478 per cent, Sabine Schut-Kery on Sanceo on 73.109 and Olivia LaGoy-Weltz on Lonoir for a total of 222.361.
Canada, which had won the event in 2017, had a total of 205.238 with scores from Brittany Fraser on All In of 69.804 per cent, Megan Lane on Caravella on 69.391 per cent and Jill Irving on Degas on 69.043 per cent.
In the competition of mixed big and small tour combinations Australia’s Prix St. Georges combinations of Kelly Layne on Furst Amante on 69.353 per cent and Nicholas Fyffe and Hitchcock on 66.353 per cent with Kim Gentry on Leonardo at Grand Prix on 63.087 per cent put them in the bronze medal position.
Big Tour combinations each are awarded an additional 1.5 per cent.
Spain had an all Small Tour team of Pablo Gomez Molina on Furst Fiorano Ymas, Natalia Bacariza Danguillecourt on Rihanna Ymas and Marta Renilla on Rhustler for a total of 195.912.
The Grand Prix Special and Intermediate 1 on Thursday will decide the Nations Cup, the first of seven in the third year of the trans-Atlantic series.
“It felt great,” said Adrienne of Ketchum, Idaho after her ride that was the last in the Big Tour phase. “I feel like he (Salvino) is at a point where he understands and enjoys it.”
The result for the 11-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Elizabeth Juliano was the highest in a year of Big Tour competition on both sides of the Atlantic that has already placed the pair in the U.S. Elite squad of the top six combinations.
Sabine of Thousand Oaks, California and Sanceo in their first season of Big Tour and competing in Wellington for the first time at the top level scored 73.109 per cent.
The pair were on the United States gold medal team at small tour at the 2015 Pan American Games.
Their results in the West Coast Dressage Festival and in Wellington could elevate the duo on the Elite squad and join the squad of eight American riders and horses to go to Europe to compete for selection to the U.S. team for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina in September.
Standings after Grand Prix/Prix St. Georges (best three scores count)
Adrienne Lyle/Salvino 76.478% + 1.5% — 77.978%
Sabine Schut-Kery/Sanceo 73.109% + 1.5% — 74.609%
Olivia LaGoy-Weltz/Lonoir 72.804% + 1.5% — 74.304%
Ashley Holzer/Havanna 69.043% +1.5% — 70.543%
TOTAL 222.391 + 4.5% — 226.891
Brittany Fraser/All In 69.804% + 1.5% — 71.304%
Megan Lane/Caravella 69.391% +1.5% — 70.891%
Jill Irving/Degas 69.043% + 1.5% — 70.543%
Diane Creech/Chrevi’s Christo 68.565% + 1.5% — 70.065%
TOTAL 208.238 + 4.5% — 212.738
Kelly Layne/Furst Amante 69.353%
Nicholas Fyffe/Hitchcock 66.353%
Kim Gentry/Leonardo 63.087% + 1.5% — 64.587%
TOTAL 198.793 +1.5% — 200.293
Pablo Gomez Molina/Furst Fiorano Ymas 69.912%
Natalia Bacariza Danguillecourt/Rihanna Ymas 65.353%
Marta Renilla/Rhustler 60.647