Adrienne Lyle on Salvino Wins Wellington CDI5* Grand Prix for Special

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Adrienne Lyle and Salvino riding to victory in the Global Dressage Festival CDI5* Grand Prix at Wellington, Florida. © 2019 Ken Braddick/


WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 7, 2019–Adrienne Lyle rode her World Games team silver medal mount Salvino to victory in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* Grand Prix Thursday, the only top ranked event outside Europe, giving up a campaign for a start at the World Cup Final in April.

The Olympic rider and the 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion received a score of 74.565 per cent in the Grand Prix to ride in the Special, the first win since this same circuit in the winter of 2018.

Shelly Francis and Danilo, who competed at the World Cup Final in Paris last year, placed second on 69.478 per cent with Germany’s Michael Klimke on Royal Dancer third on 68.674 per cent.

Salvino is competing in his third Global dressage circuit since being acquired as a USA team prospect for Adrienne, 34 years old who rode Wizard at the 2012 Olympics in London.

She said she is focusing Salvino, owned by Betsy Juliano, for the European tour by a group of U.S. combinations that will center on the World Equestrian Festival Nations Cup at Aachen, Germany in July. Because of the increase in the number of events to three from two previously required to qualify in the North American League for a start at the World Cup Final she opted out of the championship program.

Salvino, or “Vinnie,” as he’s nicknamed, was given a complete month off after the WEG in Tryon. Since then, she said, she has embarked on strength program for the horse that includes regular visits to an aquatred that has helped significantly improve Salvino’s fitness.


CDI5* Grand Prix for Special
Judges: Gotthilf Riexinger Katrina Wüst Vincenzo Truppa Michael Osinski Elisabeth Max-Theurer
Pl. Score Nat. Athlete Horse E H C M B Spectators
1. 74.565 USA Adrienne Lyle Salvino 73.261 74.130 73.804 76.304 75.326 75.225 (1)
2. 69.478 USA Shelly Francis Danilo 68.370 70.217 69.783 68.478 70.543 70.112 (2)
3. 68.674 GER Michael Klimke Royal Dancer 33 66.630 70.109 69.239 68.152 69.239 68.445 (3)
4. 67.391 USA Devon Kane Sir Galanto 69.022 68.587 69.022 67.717 62.609 66.988 (4)
5. 64.087 GEO Joanne Vaughan Elmegardens Marquis 62.500 62.935 64.022 65.435 65.543 65.552 (5)