Adrienne Lyle & Salvino Post Personal Best Score to Win Wellington CDI5* Grand Prix Special
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 10, 2018–Adrienne Lyle and Salvino posted a personal best score to win the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* Grand Prix Special Saturday, a remarkable recovery from a sub-par Grand Prix two days earlier which the rider blamed on “pilot error.”
Olivia LaGoy-Weltz on Lonoir, American team mates of Adrienne and Salvino, placed second also with a personal best as United States riders seek points to be selected for a European summer tour to determine the squad for the World Equestrian Games at home at Tryon in September.
Adrienne of Ketchum, Idaho and the 11-year-old Hanoverian stallion scored 75.319 per cent in what was their fifth Grand Prix Special in 11 months at Big Tour and surpassed the previous high score of 75.234 per cent set at Aachen, Germany last July.
Olivia of Haymarket, Virginia and Lonoir, a 14-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, scored 72.851 per cent, that also beat their previous best also at Aachen last year.
Arlene “Tuny” Page of Wellington, Florida on Woodstock was third on 70.851 per cent.
Susan Hoevenaars, of Australia and one of the five judges, said of the ride by Adrienne: “Such harmony. A joy to judge.”
There were big discrepancies in the scores, with Janet Foy of the U.S. awarding 78.085 per cent on the high end with Hans Christian Matthiesen of Denmark giving the low score of 71.064 per cent with Susan Hoevenaars, Katrina Wüst of Germany and Mariette Sanders van Gansewinkel of the Netherlands on 75/76 per cent.
Adrienne, Olivia and Laura Graves who won the CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle Friday night, are all coached by Debbie McDonald, one of America’s top competitors on Brentina and now a much sought-after coach.
“This is huge on a horse that haven’t been competing for a full year at the Grand Prix and keeps rising to the occasion when I want him to,” Adrienne said of the ride on Salvino owned by Elizabeth Juliano.
“It’s great to be back on a horse that I think has such tremendous potential that we’re only beginning to tap into,” referring to previous Florida CDI5* performances on her 2012 Olympic and 2014 World Games mount, Wizard that won the Freestyle in 2012 and Special in 2014.