Adrienne Lyle & Horizon Are USA Intermediate 1 Champions, 1st National Title for Rider
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
GLADSTONE, New Jersey, May 21, 2017–Adrienne Lyle and Horizon became the United States Intermediate 1 Champions Sunday, the first national title for the rider.
The pair won the Intermediate Freestyle with a score of 75.500 per cent to cap their participation in the U.S. Festival of Champions after a last-minute reprieve from a two-month suspension for feeding a supplement contaminated in manufacturing, as shown by extensive testing and admitted by the producer.
Adrienne and the 10-year-old Oldenburg mare performed to music borrowed from Katherine Bateson, who withdrew Alcazar from the Grand Prix championship when the rider suffered from stomach ‘flu.
Jane Cleveland of Wellington, Florida and her Monique placed second overall in the championship as well as the freestyle with a score of 73.175 per cent.
Adrienne of Ketchum, Idaho and Horizon face a new challenge as the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has decided to pursue imposition of an automatic two-month suspension also imposed on Under-25 rider Kaitlin Blythe and Don Principe, competing in these championships.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport lifted the suspension after a month to allow both riders to compete at Gladstone, but it is not known whether the U.S. titles will be upheld if the FEI prevails in seeking to uphold automatic suspensions no matter the cause. The United States Equestrian Federation whose championships were held this week, strongly backed the the riders and owners of the horses in their appeals against the suspensions.