Adrienne Lyle & Wizard Win CDI5* Grand Prix Special With Highest American Score of 2014
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WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 28, 2014–Adrienne Lyle and Wizard won the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* Grand Prix Special Friday with 75.588 per cent as the highest score of any American combination this year and a mark that was also the highest for a non-Freestyle by the U.S. Olympic partnership.
Michael Barisone of Long Valley, New Jersey and Ellegria were second on 69.392 per cent with Cesar Parra of Whitehouse Station, New Jersey and Van the Man third on 69.078 per cent.
The personal best for the Special followed a score of 74.160 per cent in the Grand Prix Thursday that was also the highest ever for the pair.
Adrienne described the performance with the 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding as being on a completely different level than in the past and attributed it to being able to compete in a CDI once every two weeks at the Global Dressage Festival of 12 straight weeks of competition, including seven CDIs with the only big money 4* and 5* events plus the only Nations Cup CDIO in the Western Hemisphere.
And their effort that included Adrienne’s first ever 10 in a CDI–for a pirouette–and three marks of nine for rider breathed new life into America’s World Equestrian Games team prospects following last week’s loss to injury of Coral Reef Wylea ridden by Günter Seidel to the No. 2 ranking in the country.
The Grand Prix Special score eclipsed a mark of 75.255 per cent notched by Steffen Peters of San Diego, California and Legolas, the top ranked combination in America. Adrienne and Wizard are ranked No. 4 on the U.S. standings that have not yet been updated since the injury to Wylea.
Adrienne and Wizard (Weltmeyer x Classiker), who have relocated for the lengthy winter circuit to Wellington, Florida along with her coach, Debbie McDonald and her husband, Bob, plan to focus on preparation for the United States selection trials to become one of eight combinations to go to Europe where the team will be selected for the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France at the end of August.
“I’m s happy to end the season this way,” Adrienne said.
“It’s been a big changing season, up and down, up and down. To come to a facility to show regularly without the big stress of travel has made it more comfortable showing more than in the past. That has started to make him more workmanlike which makes me more confident and, in turn, him more confident.”
She plans to do a CDI3* in Kentucky at the end of May then head to Gladstone, New Jersey for the selection trials in mid-June.