Adrienne Lyle & Salvino Perform 1st Grand Prix

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Adrienne Lyle riding Salvino in the horse’s fiest Grand Prix, a national competiton at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. © 2017 Ken Braddick/


WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 17, 2017–Adrienne Lyle rode Salvino on Friday in the first Grand Prix for the 10-year-old stallion bought by an American syndicate as a prospective team horse for the Olympic rider.

Fighting ‘flu that woke her at 2:30 in the morning, Adrienne and Salvino performed the national Grand Prix before a single judge that impressed an unusually large number of spectators lining the fences in only the horse’s third show.

Adrienne, based in Wellington in winter and her home state of Idaho in summer, scored 68.600 per cent for the performance on Salvino in which she carried a whip–no whip is allowed for CDIs.

Adrienne Lyle on Salvino with Debbie McDonald (left) and Elizabeth Juliano, one of the syndicate members and owner of other horses ridden by Adrienne. © 2017 Ken Braddick/

Ashley Holzer, Canada’s four-time Olympian riding Sir Carmello in the 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding’s debut won the Grand Prix with a score of 68.900 per cent (see separate story).

The Grand Prix came two years after Salvino (Sandro Hit x Donnerhall) that was named Sandronerhall at the time, was bought from Spain by a syndicate of owners where he had been competed in a handful of young horse events in 2012 and 2013 and some national classes.

Salvino was acquired as a prospective successor to Wizard that Adrienne rode in the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 World Games in Normandy. The 32-year-old rider is an assistant to Debbie McDonald, who also trains 2016 Olympians Laura Graves Verdades and Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet.

The only U.S. competitions before this week were Intermediate 2s in December and January.

Adrienne said that after she woke up with a fever in the middle of the night, she rode a horse then put herself back to bed before preparing for the show

” I was happy to get our first one out of the way,” she told “There’s a lot to polish up still, some technical areas here and there.

“I was really happy with his attitude, he tried really hard. It’s nice to have the first one out of the way.”

Success with piaffe/ passage “was a big thing for us to test, the honesty of it.”

The tempi changes also felt good, she said, and was happy that he came back immediately from a spook in first piaffe.

Adrienne Lyle riding Salvino in a pirouette in their first Grand Prix. © Ken Braddick/

The duo will compete in another Grand Prix Saturday and intend to slot in a Grand Prix Special before deciding whether to move up to the CDI arena.