Salvino Withdrawn by Adrienne Lyle from Olympic Grand Prix Freestyle for Individual Medals

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Adrienne Lyle riding Salvino in the Olympic team competition in which the United States won silver for only the second time in history and almost three quarters of a century since the first team silver.

July 28, 2021

Salvino was withdrawn by Adrienne Lyle of the United States from the Olympic Grand Prix Freestyle for individual medals at Tokyo Wednesday a day after competing on the American team that won an historic silver medal.

U.S. Equestrian reported that Salvino, a 14-year-old Hanoverian stallion that came into the Olympics as the top ranked American combination and No. 15 in the world, “did not feel quite like his usual self” before the horse inspection Wednesday morning ahead of the Freestyle.

Steffen Peters of San Diego, California with Suppenkasper and Sabine Schut-Kery of Napa, California on Sanceo will continue to the Freestyle as all three team combinations had qualified.

“This morning, Salvino did not feel quite like his usual self and last night’s historic team medal was an extraordinary accomplishment, and we are proud of the team’s incredible effort,” the federation said.

Adrienne of Wellington, Florida and Salvino owned by Betsy Juliano had achieved 80% at Grand Prix in leading up to the Olympics, one of only three American combinations to do so-Steffen Peters on Ravel and Laura Graves on Verdades. Adrienne and Salvino were on the 2018 World Equestrian Games silver medal team with Steffen and Suppenkaspewr, Laura and Verdades and Kasey Perry-Glass and Dublet.

Their scores at Tokyo of 74.876% in the Grand Prix last weekend and 76.109% in the Special Tuesday were well below the marks achieved at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington and during the final observation event with an international panel of judges that awarded the pair American record scores for the Grand Prix and the Special.

Salvino was acquired from Spain by a group of investors backed by Akiko Yamazaki, the long time sponsor of Steffen Peters with Ravel, Legolas and Suppenkasper as well as other horses, following the retirement of Wizard that Adrienne competed at the 2012 London Olympics. Betsy Juliano, an entrepreneur who has been a financial supporter of Laura Graves, took over sole ownership in 2018.