Adrienne Lyle Makes Triumphant Return to Competition After Olympic Silver Medal to Post Highest Score in Wellington CDI5* Grand Prix

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Adrienne Lyle riding Salvino in CDI5* at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, the first competition since Olympic silver seven months ago. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb 23, 2022–Adrienne Lyle made a triumphant return to competition for the first time since Olympic silver medal performance to post the highest CDI5* Grand Prix score at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Wednesday night. Germany’s Frederic Wandres on Bluetooth OLD captured one of the two Grand Prix with a personal best score.

Adrienne, based in Wellington, and the 15-year-old Hanoverian stallion scored 76.500% in the Grand Prix for the Special, higher than the 74.876% Grand Prix result in Tokyo on the American team that won silver, as the pair did with the 2018 World Equestrian Games.

“Honestly,” said Adrienne of her five-year partnership with Salvino, “I think that’s one of his better tests we’ve ever done. I was really happy with it. It may not have been our best score posted, but I just went back and watched the video and I thought I’m thrilled with him and the feeling.”

Adrienne plans two more competitions on Salvino, owned by Betsy Juliano, seeking to be on an American squad to Europe for selection of the U.S. team for the world championships in Herning, Denmark in August that if successful would be the second for the duo.

Frederic Wandres of Germany and Bluetooth OLD riding to a personal best score in the CDI5* Grand Prix. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Frederic and the 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding were awarded 74.631% in the Grand Prix for the Freestyle, beating the pair’s previous best of 74.158% posted in Wellington five weeks ago. This is Frederic’s second winter competing in Florida and the first time at the Palm Beach jumper venue.

“I’m very happy,” he said of his ride on the horse that he has ridden in his campaign to become top of the World Cup Western European standings. “I had no mistakes at all, and he gave me a super feeling. It was our personal best and then at a five star, that is really what I’m looking for. We have been building him up at the season here. Now delivering that score is what I’m looking for daily.

“The stadium is fantastic. It was almost a full crowd and the Americans are always creating a super atmosphere. We love to be here.”

Frederic’s plans after the Global Dressage Festival at the end of March are up in the air as a result of a last-minute, unannounced change by the International Equestrian Federation to qualifying requirements for the World Cup Final in April, the first since 2019 after coronavirus cancellations the past two years.

He is scheduled to compete at the German selection trials for the world championships.

Benjamin Ebeling of Moorpark, California on Illuster van de Kampert, 1 15-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding, placed second on 72.478% in the Grand Prix for the Freestyle, the third highest score for the night. Ben, now 22 years old, was successful in youth competitions on Illuster and moved up to Big Tour last year competing on American Nations Cup teams in Wellington, Rotterdam and Aachen, Germany.

An ecstatic Benjamin Ebeling on Illuster van de Kampert after his CDI5* Grand Prix ride. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The CDI5* was the first international competition at the Palm Beach center since the Global Dressage Festival was founded more than a decade ago. The dressage was held in the centerpiece International arena which was also set up alongside obstacles ready for the resumption of jumping competition, not unusual in Europe but a rarity in America.

The Grand Prix Freestyle and the Grand Prix Special are scheduled for the Friday Night Stars also to be staged at the Palm Beach center.

Results:

CDI5* Grand Prix for Special

Judges: Clive Halsall Katrina Wüst Elisabeth Max-Theurer Hans Voser Evi Eisenhardt
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B Spectators
1. 76.500 USA Adrienne Lyle Salvino 77.065 77.065 75.87 76.739 75.761 75.537 (1)
2. 70.696 USA Ashley Holzer Valentine 70.000 72.935 67.826 71.957 70.761 70.166 (2)
3. 68.739 SWE Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén Devanto 68.478 69.239 68.804 67.826 69.348 69.832 (3)
4. 68.348 CAN Diane Creech Chrevis Christo 67.391 69.022 66.087 67.500 71.739 65.568 (5)
5. 68.152 GER Christoph Koschel Favorito 11 68.804 67.065 68.478 67.065 69.348 69.268 (4)

CDI5* Grand Prix for Freestyle

Judges: Monique Peutz – Vegter Janet Lee Foy Evi Eisenhardt Elisabeth Max-Theurer Clive Halsall
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B Spectators
1. 74.631 GER Frederic Wandres Bluetooth OLD 73.913 75.87 74.674 74.783 73.913 74.572 (1)
2. 72.478 USA Benjamin Ebeling Illuster Van De Kampert 72.174 74.457 73.696 70.761 71.304 72.056 (2)
3. 71.674 USA Charlotte Jorst Kastel’s Nintendo 70.000 71.522 74.022 73.478 69.348 69.748 (6)
4. 71.609 GBR Susan Pape Harmony’s Eclectisch 71.304 74.348 71.739 69.348 71.304 71.589 (3)
5. 71.304 ESP Juan Matute Guimón Quantico 71.522 71.739 70.435 72.283 70.543 71.007 (4)
6. 70.152 CAN Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu All In 70.435 70.978 70.326 67.935 71.087 69.879 (5)
7. 69.457 BEL Laurence Vanommeslaghe Edison 65.326 71.087 72.065 69.022 69.783 69.159 (7)
8. 67.979 CAN Lindsay Kellock Sebastien 66.957 67.935 68.261 68.37 68.37 68.356 (8)
9. 67.261 ESP Paula Matute Guimón Delagronge 67.174 68.043 68.152 65.435 67.5 68.275 (9)
10. 67.022 CAN Naïma Moreira Laliberté Statesman 65.543 67.826 67.826 65.652 68.261 67.905 (10)
11. 65.652 USA Mikala Münter Salsa Hit 64.348 66.63 65.543 65.543 66.196 66.475 (12)
12. 64.000 DOM Yvonne Losos de Muñiz Aquamarijn 63.739 65.587 62.978 62.870 64.826 65.828 (13)
13. 62.065 USA Jennifer Williams Millione 61.630 64.130 62.283 62.174 60.109 67.726 (11)