Adrienne Lyle & Wizard Win Palm Beach Derby World Cup Freestyle, Mikala Gundersen & My Lady 2nd

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Adrienne Lyle and Wizard in the Palm Beach Derby Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2014 Kn Braddick/dressage-news.com
Adrienne Lyle and Wizard in the Palm Beach Derby Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2014 Kn Braddick/dressage-news.com
Adrienne Lyle and Wizard in the Palm Beach Derby Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2014 Kn Braddick/dressage-news.com
Adrienne Lyle and Wizard in the Palm Beach Derby Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2014 Kn Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, FLORIDA, MAR. 1, 2014–The American Olympic partnership of Adrienne Lyle and Wizard won the Palm Beach Dressage Derby World Cup Freestyle Saturday night in their campaign to get an invitation to the Final next month while Denmark’s Mikala Gundersen and My Lady claimed the runnerup spot with their best ever result.

Adrienne of Ketchum, Idaho who described Wizard as “doing better now than ever before” after a year off with an injury, scored 76.525 per cent just 0.400 per cent ahead of the Wellington, Florida-based Mikala and My Lady on 76.125 per cent compared with the their previous best of 74.825 per cent at these same show grounds two months ago.

The score also moved Mikala up a notch to second from what had seemed to her to be a perennial third place and its yellow ribbon that led to her being nicknamed the “yellow lady.”

Mikala Gundersen of Denmark and My Lady in the Palm Beach Derby Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Mikala Gundersen of Denmark and My Lady in the Palm Beach Derby Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Cesar Parra of Whitehouse Station, New Jersey and Van the Man placed third on 74.000 per cent that was the second best result for the pair with more consistency from the 12-year-old KWPN gelding on whom he hopes to make another United States championship team. Cesar took over the ride on Van the Man two years ago from German Olympian Dorothee Schneider.

Cesar Parra and the Van the Man. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Cesar Parra and the Van the Man. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The Palm Beach Derby was celebrating its 31st year as Florida’s oldest and premier dressage event. It was being staged outside of its show grounds in neighboring Loxahatchee for the first time.

Ar Saturday night’s Freestyle were the founders, German migrants Howald and Gisela Pferdekaemper, and Janne Rumbough, a Danish migrant whose energy and enthusiasm was a driving force in creating what was the world’s richest dressage show at the time. She is still an active competitor as well as the owner of My Lady.

Maryanne and Walter McPhail were also there. They took over the derby from its original home at the White Fences Equestrian Center, and maintained it as the centerpiece show at their Equestrian Estates, before deciding to move it to Wellington to be a part of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival that in three years has become the world’s leading winter dressage circuit.

Canada's Jacqueline Brooks and D Niro performing their new Freestyle that is one of the most popular but not the overwhelming crowd favorite "Hallelujah!" of a medley of Canadian compositions. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Canada’s Jacqueline Brooks and D Niro performing their new Freestyle that is one of the most popular but not the overwhelming crowd favorite “Hallelujah!” of a medley of Canadian compositions. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Adrienne described Wizard as a “little spicier” who developed a “phenomenal feeling of power and elasticity.”

“He is doing better now than ever before,” she said. “The biggest thing for him is getting consistent. That’s what he lacked. He had the talent. He’s now starting to get more workmanlike.”

Mikala Gundersen said that My Lady has “a lot more in the hose still and I need to ride better.”

Although she would like to be invited to the World Cup Final, Danish combinations in the Western European League as well as Lars Petersen, who like her is based in Florida, is higher in the rankings.

Results:

Grand Prix Freestyle
E: Dichmann – DEN H: Rockwell – USA C: Weatherwax – USA M: Gardner – GBR B: McMullen – CAN
Rider Ctzn E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Lyle, Adrienne USA 78.375 1 74.750 1 76.000 2 78.000 1 75.500 1 76.525 1
Gundersen, Mikala DEN 78.125 2 72.625 4 79.375 1 76.500 2 74.000 2 76.125 2
Parra, Cesar USA 73.750 3 74.250 2 75.250 3 73.875 4 72.875 3 74.000 3
Brooks, Jacqueline M. CAN 71.125 5 73.625 3 72.000 4 73.125 5 69.875 7 71.950 4
Haddad-Staller, Catherine USA 72.000 4 70.375 6 69.875 5 74.500 3 71.875 4 71.725 5
Creech, Diane CAN 69.875 6 72.250 5 69.875 6 71.250 6 71.500 5 70.950 6
Barisone, Michael USA 68.500 7 67.500 7 65.000 9 66.000 10 70.125 6 67.425 7
Vaughan, Joanne GEO 66.500 9 65.250 9 66.250 8 67.125 87 65.125 9 66.050 8
Perry, Kasey USA 64.125 10 65.500 8 68.125 7 66.250 9 61.375 10 65.075 0
Rizzo, Silvia ITA 67.000 8 59.750 10 62.375 10 67.750 7 65.250 8 64.425 0