Sandronnerhall, 8-Year-Old Stallion, Bought for Adrienne Lyle by American Owners’ Group
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May 9, 2015
By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
WELLINGTON, Florida, May 9, 2015–Sandronnerhall, a top eight-year-old Hanoverian stallion, has been bought by a newly formed syndicate of leading American owners for Adrienne Lyle to compete as a prospect for United States Olympic and championship teams.
The purchase of the dark bay stallion by Sandro Hit that competed successfully in Young Horse CDIs in Spain came after a lengthy search by Adrienne and her trainer, Debbie McDonald and a month after the formal retirement of Wizard that the 30-year-old rider competed for the U.S. at the Olympics in London in 2012 and the World Games in Normandy, France in 2014.
Akiko Yamazakii, whose Four Winds Farm is the owner of America’s top horses ridden by Steffen Peters over the past decade, led the effort to acquire Sandronnerhall.
Bruce Hlavacek, with his wife, Jen, owner of Weltino’s Magic that Steffen rode for team and individual gold at the 2011 Pan American Games, formed Dressage Dreams, LLC in Florida to manage the Sandronnerhall Partners, LLC, as well as future high performance dressage syndications.
“Although I continue to be 100 percent committed to supporting Steffen and Team Legolas and Team Rosie, I realized that it was imperative to support other potential members of the US team in order for Team USA to step back up on the medal podium, Akiko said.
“Adrienne was a natural choice as she has demonstrated to be a valuable team member and was also in need of a mount to succeed Wizard. The fact that she works closely with Debbie McDonald was also a big factor in our choice. Steffen has been supportive of this effort that we hope will strengthen Team USA in the near future.”
Other partners include Betsy Juliano, of Gates Mills, Ohio and Wellington, Florida, who is an active supporter of dressage and secretary of the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation; Elma Garcia-Cannavino and Jim Cannavino of Thermal, California and Hailey, Idaho, also long time sponsors of dressage; and Bruce and Jen Hlavacek, who currently support Shannon Peters on Weltino’s Magic.
The stallion was flown into Miami Thursday and was trailered to Wellington, Florida Saturday for mandatory quarantine for the next five or six weeks.
“I am so excited about the potential of this talented horse, plus so grateful that these owners have come together to support me and the U.S. Dressage Team,” said Adrienne, 30 years old of Ketchum Idaho and Wellington, Florida.
Sandronnerhall is the latest in a growing lineup of U.S. team prospects that include Rosamunde and Legolas ridden by Steffen Peters, Verdades ridden by Laura Graves, Rosevelt ridden by Allison Brock, Breanna and Kathleen Raine, Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar and a large number of talented horses at small tour in preparation for the Pan American Games this summer.
Sandronnerhall was located by Jochen Arl, the Belgian-based horse dealer who arranged the sale to Akiko of Rosamunde, a mare now eight years old that Steffen will compete at Grand Prix in Europe this month, as well as Chopin and Donavan as personal mounts for Akiko.
Sandronnerhall was owned by Susana Vazquez Mostaza and trained and competed by Antonio Diaz Porras of Madrid. As a six-year-old, the horse received scores above 80 per cent at CDIs in Spain.
Bruce, chairman of the USEF Dressage Owner’s Task Force said: “The partnership was formed by independent owners in an effort to strengthen the United States Dressage Team that will be competing in international events and also to model how effective pooling owners’ resources can be in the purchase of world class dressage horses.”
The U.S. has not won a team medal at global events since the World Games in 2006. Steffen of San Diego, California, though, won two individual medals on the Akiko Yamazaki-owned Ravel at the 2010 WEG in Kentucky and the combination were ranked as high as No. 2 in the world.
Unlike most of the top competitive countries that receive financial aid from their governments, the United States teams depend solely on private contributions from individuals and corporations. The syndication model has been very successful in the jumping and eventing worlds.
Robert Dover, technical advisor/chef d’equipe of the U.S. Dressage Team, said, “I am extremely thrilled that the hard work of the Dressage Owners Task Force has stimulated the acquisition of a fantastic new mount by a private syndicate for Adrienne Lyle.
“Adrienne is one of our top Olympic athletes and is very deserving of the wonderful support she has received through her new owners who saw her profile on ExperienceDressage.com. I wish Adrienne and her sponsors the very best of luck and hope that many more great horses will be similarly procured for our talented and committed athletes in the future! GO TEAM USA!!!”
For more information on dressage riders who are looking for syndicate partners see www.experiencedressage.com.