Adrienne Lyle & Wizard Move USA Into Top Five Nations After 1st Half of World Games Grand Prix
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
CAEN, France, Aug. 25, 2014–The American Olympic partnership of Adrienne Lyle and Wizard on Monday produced their best performance ever in Europe to move the United States into the top five on the first day of the World Equestrian Games Nations Cup.
The 29-year-old Adrienne of Ketchum, Idaho and Wizard placed seventh in the first half of the team event with a score of 72.000 per cent that was also made the pair the highest ranked non European.
Tina Konyot of Palm City, Florida and Calecto V, team mates of Adrienne and Wizard in London in 2012 and on the U.S. team at the WEG in Kentucky in 2010, scored 69.643 per cent for 17th place that is likely to be the last championship performance for the pair. Tina has made it clear this is the last hurrah for the 16-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion.
The standings of the teams after the first of two days–1. Germany, 2. Netherlands, 3. Great Britain, 4. Spain and 5. USA–could change dramatically Tuesday when the top ranked combinations from most nations compete.
Laura Graves of Geneva, Florida and Verdades, reserve American champions, are scheduled to ride at 10:09 CET (4.09 am US Eastern time) while Steffen Peters of San Diego, California and Legolas, the American champions, is listed to ride at 15:45 CET (9.45 am US Eeastern).
“I was thrilled with how he went,” said Adrienne after her ride. “We played around a bit in the warm-up and splashed around a bit to make sure he was comfortable with it.”
Her goal was to score 72 per cent, “so I was thrilled. When you’re on a team there’s always extra pressure so I’m really happy with our test today.”
Since starting their international Grand Prix career in February, 2009 the pair competed in Germany in 2010, at the Olympics in London in 2012 and in western Europe this summer in preparation for the WEG.
“He knows his job and now I can try to get half a point here and there,” Adrienne said. “I can really trust him.”
Lars Petersen and Mariett, the Olympic, WEG and World Cup veteran, and Mikala Münter Gundersen on My Lade, were two combination on the Danish team based in Wellington, Florida.
Lars and the 15-year-old Danish Warmblood mare that he brought back from a possible career-ending injury, scored 70.800 per cent to place ninth while Mikala and her Danish Warmblood mare were awarded 70.271 per cent for the 13th spot.
Canada’s David Marcus on Chrevi’s Capital rode in heavy rain, similar to the downpour that marked their performance at the 2012 Olympics when the crowd that was not sheltered from the elements began raising umbrellas and donning rain gear that spooked the horse.
No such occurrence this time. The pair scored 70.357 per cent for 12th place and a performance David said showed the horse is “coming into a whole new level of confidence and rideability.”