Adrienne Lyle & Salvino Win Wellington CDI4* Grand Prix for Highest Score This Year by USA Combination Seeking Olympic Team Spot
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 27, 2020–USA team partnership of Adrienne Lyle and Salvino won the CDI4* Grand Prix Thursday with a score identical to the last competition seven months ago and the highest for an American this year.
Adrienne and the 13-year-old Hanoverian stallion were awarded 76.870% to launch their campaign for a spot on the American team at the Tokyo Olympics in July.
The result, the same as at the CDIO5* Nations Cup Grand Prix in Aachen, Germany last July, edged out world championship team mate Steffen Peters on Suppenkasper who posted 76.869% in the Grand Prix earlier this month.
Adrienne and Salvino, the top ranked American combination on the world standings at No. 20, began Big Tour competitions three years ago next month and is owned by Betsy Juliano.
Fellow American Olivia LaGoy-Weltz on Lonoir was second on 72.935% with Canada’s Lindsay Kellock on Sebastien, a prospect for that nation’s Tokyo Games team, were third on 69.826% in the Grand Prix qualifying for the Special.
Kiichi Harada of Japan on Egistar won the Grand Prix for the Freestyle on a score of 68.065%, the third victory in two weeks for the 2016 Olympic partnership also pursuing a start at Tokyo.
The USA’s Jessica Jo Tate and Faberge placed second on 67.739% with compatriot Jessica Kozel on Denzello third on 67.413%.
Adrienne, 35, who is engaged to Wellington veterinarian David da Silva and plans to marry in September, competed Wizard on the U.S. team at the 2012 London Olympics and Salvino on the 2018 silver medal team at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon.
Adrienne described the performance as “one of the best feelings I’ve got in there.
“He feels so happy, he feels super excited to be here. Ever since he came on the grounds he’s been puffed up and ready to go and I was really happy with how focused he was despite all of his energy.”
In this Olympic year, she said, “you have to come out strong, especially when we did have a bit of a break. I really wanted to make sure everyone knows that he’s been fit and great and he really does feel good, we’re just trying to think of the big picture and always make the best decisions for him.”
Adrienne and world championship team mate Kasey Perry-Glass did not compete in the CDI5* a week ago, a competition that the U.S. federation listed as a “mandatory outing” for Olympic prospects.
“For fitness reasons we decided that the best plan for him regardless of anything else would be to give him one more week of building up his fitness that would be great and he’d met the criteria to not have to compete in the five-star last week,” she said.
CDI4* Grand Prix for Special
|Judges:||Michael Osinski||Gabriel Armando||Henning Lehrmann||Gabriela Valerianova||Ulrike Nivelle|
|4.||69.718||CAN||Naima Moreira Laliberte||I Do Kiss||69.457||69.457||69.348||70.870||69.457|
|5.||69.478||CAN||Jill Irving||Degas 12||68.152||69.239||70.217||69.130||70.652|
|7.||68.696||CAN||Jacqueline Brooks||Westwood 5||68.152||69.783||68.804||69.891||66.848|
|8.||64.544||AUS||Nicholas Fyffe||Fiero HGF||65.543||64.348||65.109||64.457||63.261|
|9.||62.913||GEO||Joanne Vaughan||Elmegardens Marquis||63.217||62.022||62.891||62.783||63.652|
CDI4* Grand Prix for Freestyle
|Judges:||Gabriel Armando||Ulrike Nivelle||Stephen Clarke||Peter Storr||Irina Maknami|
|2.||67.739||USA||Jessica Jo Tate||Faberge||67.935||66.304||69.239||67.065||68.152|