Adrienne Lyle & Harmony’s Duval Log Personal Best Score to Win Wellington CDI3* Grand Prix Special

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Adrienne Lyle and Harmony’s Duval setting a personal best score to win Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Special. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 16, 2019–Adrienne Lyle, Olympic and World Games rider for the United States, rode the American-bred Harmony’s Duval to a personal best score to win the Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Special Saturday.

Adrienne and the 11-year-old KWPN gelding scored 75.851 per cent for the fourth win–including all three Grand Prix Specials–in six starts since beginning Big Tour here just five weeks ago.

Canadians Jill Irving on Degas who had won the Grand Prix four days earlier placed second on 72.660 per cent with Naima Moreira Laliberte on Statesman in third on 71.128 per cent, their best score so far since she began showing the 12-year-old gelding last June. The horse had previously been ridden by Jordi Domingo Coll of Spain.

This was the last competition this Global circuit for Duval that was bred by Leslie Malone of Harmony Sporthorses of Kiowa, Colorado. The horse is now owned by a syndicate of northwest United States supporters of Adrienne who rode Wizard at the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 world championships then on Salvino at the 2018 Tryon WEG where the U.S. team won silver.

Her goal for the summer is to be on the U.S. team with Salvino at the CDIO5* Nations Cup in Aachen, Germany and to show Duval in the CDI4*.

Since the Grand Prix when the flubbed both lines of changes, Adrienne worked Duval “a lot on perfecting the balance getting into the changes and it was able to keep him at a place where he felt controlled and mentally slow enough to know what was going on. He’s a horse that can get really amped up, mentally.

“The collection is great for him, the piaffe-passage and pirouettes are a real highlight for him, but his best quality in general is, I think, his work ethic. He would go all day and all night and he would never say ‘no’. He has an engine that never stops.

“When I can get everything in balance he’s like this incredible feeling because he has power that’s unlike any horse that I’ve ever ridden. When that power gets away from you it’s a little bit like a runaway train, but when I can get it all like that he really feels incredible and the honesty is really incredible in him.”

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix Special
Judges: Isabelle Judet Cesar Torrente Peter Storr Lee Tubman Hans Voser
Place Score Nat. Athlete Horse E H C M B Spectators
1. 75.851 USA Adrienne Lyle Harmony’s Duval 77.872 74.787 75.213 75.851 75.532 75.500 (1)
2. 72.660 CAN Jill Irving Degas 12 72.979 73.830 72.128 72.766 71.596 72.947 (2)
3. 71.128 CAN Naima Moreira Laliberte Statesman 71.277 70.745 72.128 70.532 70.957 70.000 (4)
4. 69.915 USA Charlotte Jorst Deep Impact 3 68.723 69.043 72.553 69.468 69.787 70.557 (3)
5. 69.660 DEN Signe Kirk Kristiansen Her Highness O 69.043 71.915 70.000 69.255 68.085 69.255 (7)
6. 69.170 CAN Diane Creech Diana C 69.787 66.064 69.787 70.532 69.681 68.578 (9)
7. 68.468 USA Anna Marek Dee Clair 68.404 69.149 68.404 67.872 68.511 69.500 (6)
8. 68.085 CAN Megan Lane Zodiac MW 66.170 67.766 70.638 68.936 66.915 69.574 (5)
9. 67.979 USA P.J. Rizvi Breaking Dawn 67.021 68.298 67.979 70.000 66.596 68.980 (8)
10. 67.638 USA James Koford Adiah HP 66.277 68.830 67.234 68.723 67.128 68.411 (10)
11. 66.191 GEO Joanne Vaughan Elmegardens Marquis 66.383 66.064 65.745 65.319 67.447 68.351 (11)
12. 66.106 USA Karen Lipp Whitney 66.596 65.957 66.277 67.872 63.830 66.117 (12)
13. 66.043 FIN Merita Hagren Viveur 67.021 66.596 64.362 66.064 66.170 64.255 (13)
14. 62.468 USA Megan Gardner Zaffier 61.596 63.404 63.936 64.149 59.255 63.830 (14)
15. 58.936 USA Adrienne Pot Bon-Ami 58.404 58.936 58.830 58.723 59.787 59.355 (15)