USA World Games Silver Medalists Adrienne Lyle & Salvino Score Above 80% for 1st Time in Grand Prix Special to Win Wellington CDI4*

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Adrienne Lyle on Salvino celebrating highest Grand Prix Special score. © 2020 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 29, 2020–Adrienne Lyle rode Salvino to their first Grand Prix Special score above 80% to win the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI4* Saturday and confirm their ranking as the top American combination leading to the Tokyo Olympics.

Adrienne and the 13-year-old Hanoverian stallion scored 80.170%, beating the pair’s previous best of 77.468% and nearing the American record of 81.824% set by Laura Graves on Verdades in July 2017.

The 2018 World Equestrian Games team silver medal combination started their partnership when the horse arrived from Spain in May 2015 as a future U.S. team prospect for Adrienne on the retirement of her 2012 Olympic mount, Wizard. The horse is owned by Betsy Juliano, a major supporter of U.S. dressage.

 Team mate Olivia LaGoy-Weltz of Haymarket, Virginia on Lonoir placed second, also on a personal best of 75.617%, returning to the arena a month ago after being out of competition for 2019 with an injury.

 Jennifer Schrader-Williams, also of the U.S., riding Millione was third on 71.064%.

Adrienne and Salvino received two marks of 10 and 24 9s, including one of 9.5, 3 9s and one 8.5 for rider. © 2020 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

“Amazing! declared Adrienne, 35, who is based in Wellington in winter and Denver, Colorado in summer. “I couldn’t have asked for anything more from him; it was everything we’d hoped in the back of your mind that you’d be able to achieve.

“He gave me another really great feel in there and for the second day and a long test, I was really thrilled with that. He went out and tried just as hard as the first day and that’s huge. I was secretly hoping we’d get at least close to 80%.

“He really feels like he’s ready to put it all together at a place in his mind and body now where he’s able to be consistent and not be stressed about doing any of it–being confident in his own work.”  

Results:

CDI4* Grand Prix Special

                  Gabriela Valerianova Peter Storr Irina Maknami Henning Lehrmann Stephen Clarke    
Place   Score %   Nation Athlete Horse     E H C M B    
1.   80.170   USA Adrienne Lyle Salvino     78.298 83.298 78.617 77.660 82.979    
2.   75.617   USA Olivia LaGoy-Weltz Lonoir     76.383 76.489 74.574 76.277 74.362    
3.   71.064   USA Jennifer Schrader-Williams Millione     70.638 71.489 71.064 69.787 72.340    
4.   70.745   CAN Jill Irving Degas 12     71.489 69.894 70.532 71.596 70.213    
5.   69.575   CAN Naima Moreira Laliberte I Do Kiss     70.000 71.277 68.723 67.660 70.213    
6.   69.000   CAN Lindsay Kellock Sebastien     69.894 66.809 69.255 69.043 70.000    
7.   66.830   CAN Jacqueline Brooks Westwood 5     64.362 69.362 66.383 67.128 66.915    
8.   66.106   AUS Nicholas Fyffe Fiero HGF     68.723 65.851 65.106 65.000 65.851    
9.   65.766   GEO Joanne Vaughan Elmegardens Marquis     65.745 63.723 66.915 66.596 65.851