Adrienne Lyle & Salvino Win Wellington CDIO3* Freestyle With Their Highest Score, Sweeping All 3 Nations Cup Classes
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 30, 2018–Adrienne Lyle rode Salvino to their highest ever score to win the Adequan Global Dressage CDIO3* Grand Prix Freestyle Friday night, with only the Paris-bound Laura Graves and Verdades posting a higher result in America this year in only the second Big Tour musical performance.
Adrienne and the 11-year-old Hanoverian stallion scored 81.750 per cent, their first result above 80 per cent, in their first competition of three events, being the top placed rider in the Grand Prix and first in the Grand Prix Special.
Sabine Schut-Kery and Sanceo, in their first Big Tour competition outside their California base, placed second on 78.145 per cent, also a personal best.
Olivia LaGoy-Weltz of Haymarket, Virginia and Lonoir were third on 77.385 per cent.
Riding to music adapted from the freestyle she rode with Wizard, her 2012 London Olympic mount, Adrienne said: “Tonight was a dream of breaking 80 per cent. It hasn’t sunk in yet. He tries so hard every time he comes out.
“I think he’s getting to a place now where he’s a lot stronger, able to maintain.”
Salvino has already been chosen to go with the group of about eight combinations to Europe from which the American team will be selected for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina in September.
Since he was bought from Spain three years ago with little competition experience, Adrienne working with her long-time mentor and coach Debbie McDonald spent a year developing the horse that came with the name Sandronnerhall that was quickly changed to Salvino by the syndicate of Americans that bought the future team prospect..
The pair did not go into an international competition arena until a year ago, at this same Global winter circuit. After that one show, they went to Europe to ride in the CDI3* at Rotterdam in June and then on the U.S. Nations Cup team at Aachen, Germany a month later where they won team silver behind the powerful Germans.
Adrienne and Salvino did not show again until Global at the end of January and in nine starts this year have finished first six times, now with Elizabeth Juliano as the sole owner as she is of Horizon, also ridden by Adrienne.
Earlier in the day, the three top teams in the CDIO3* Nations Cup–the first in the seven-event trans-Atlantic series–were awarded medals: the United States fold, Canada silver and Australia bronze, the first every Nations Cup award for a team from Down Under.
The Intermediate 1 freestyle–the Nations Cup in Wellington can includes teams at both Big and Small Tour–was staged with Pablo Gomez Molina of Spain on Furst Fiorano Ymas taking gold, Australians Kelly Layne on Furst Amante silver and fellow Aussie Nicholas Fyffe on Hitchcock bronze.
CDIO3* Intermediate I Freestyle