Adrienne Lyle Makes Debut On Salvino in “Exciting” Performance
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
WELLINGTON, Florida, Dec. 10, 2016–Adrienne Lyle rode Salvino in the debut performance Saturday in a national Intermediate II competition and a step toward what the owners hope will become an American team mount.
“It’s exciting,” Adrienne said after the ride on the 10-year-old Hanoverian stallion that was bought from Spain by a syndicate of American owners 18 months ago as a successor to Wizard, her Olympic and World Games horse.
Salvino, whose name was changed from mouth-twisting Sandronnerhall (Sandro Hit x Donnerhall), was unfazed being at the Global Dressage Festival grounds in an uncharacteristically drizzly day and ridden in one of two busy side-by-side outdoor arenas.
The performance before a single judge that awarded the pair 72.763 per cent drew attention of international trainers and riders at the warm-up for the Global circuit that begins its lineup of seven CDIs in a month.
With a CDI record of eight competitions in Spain as a five and six year old and second hand reports about national shows there, rumors and speculation surrounded the horse after its arrival in Wellington in May 2015.
Debbie McDonald, one of America’s most successful riders ever with Brentina and coach of Adrienne as well as 2016 American Olympic bronze medal team riders Laura Graves and Kasey Perry-Glass, refused to push training. Winters are in Wellington and summers in Hailey, Idaho which is also near the winter home of the 31-year-old Adrienne’s family.
Elizabeth Juliano, a successful self-made businesswoman and one of the ownership syndicate members as well as a backer of Laura and U.S. dressage programs, was at Global Saturday for the first time down the centerline for Adrienne and Salvino. Other syndicate members are Akiko Yamazaki, the owner of Steffen Peters’ horses; Elma Garcia-Cannavino and Jim Cannavino of Thermal, California and Hailey and Bruce and Jen Hlavacek of Las Vegas.
Adrienne also rides the nine-year-old mare Horizon for Betsy Juliano.
Debbie, who rode Brentina to 2004 Olympic team bronze, team silver at the World Games in 2002 and team bronze in 2006 as well as the first American World Cup champion, is looking to the 2018 world championships in Tryon, North Carolina after the success of Laura Graves on Verdades and Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet in Rio.
Although she has three young Olympians and other top American riders in her training program, three Californians have joined the program for the winter in Wellington.
Anna Buffini of Escondido and Genay Vaughn of Elk Grove, both 22 years old, are moving from California to Florida for the Global circuit as has Elizabeth Ball, who has ridden for the United States and owned and competed the American-bred Selten HW to the first triple crown of young horses–four, five and six-year-old titles. The horse was bought by Anders Dahl and competed at the Rio Games for Denmark.
Günter Seidel, the U.S. Olympian and trainer of both Anna and Elizabeth in Southern California, said the two riders wanted to go to Florida but he didn’t have a horse to show.
“They both had ridden in and enjoyed clinics with Debbie and everyone felt great about them going to train with her,” he told dressage-news.com. “I’m excited for their adventure there but also will miss them.”
Despite the success with a team bronze in Rio after an absence for two Olympics, Debbie sees “the bar now is even higher” although there are no championships for the Americas on the 2017 calendar.
“Now, we’ve got to stay there.”
Debbie is working for a strong showing at home at the world championships at Tryon, North Carolina in 2018.
After traveling the country for several years as the U.S. developing coach, she expects “some really interesting prospects” to emerge to contend for a place on the team at WEG and the 2020 Olympics, an indication of the depth of American dressage.
With the reappointment of Robert Dover as the U.S. technical advisor and his extraordinary fund raising skills, she hopes that sending combinations to compete in Europe in the same numbers as the past two years will continue.