Adrienne Lyle Rides Salvino in Wellington CDI5* to Highest Grand Prix Special Score by American Since Olympics

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Adrienne Lyle riding Salvino at the CDI5* to the highest Grand Prix Special score by an American since the Olympics. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 25, 2022–The USA Olympic team silver medal partnership of Adrienne Lyle and Salvino logged the highest Grand Prix Special score by an American since the Tokyo Games to win the CDI* at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Friday Night Stars.

Adrienne, based in Wellington, and the 15-year-old Hanoverian stallion that she has partnered for six years scored 79.511% to wrap up their return to competition after the Tokyo Olympics seven months ago. The duo won the Grand Prix Wednesday night.

This event under lights at the centerpiece International Arena for jumping launched their campaign to go to Europe where the American team will be selected for the world championships in Herning, Denmark in August. Adrienne who is coached by Debbie McDonald, and Salvino, owned by Betsy Juliano, were on the team that earned silver at the last world championships, in Tryon in 2018.

Sweden’s seven-time Olympian Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén and Devanto were runners-up on 69.617% with Christoph Koschel of German on Favorito third on 69.511%.

“I think that felt like one of our best tests ever,” said Adrienne after the ride. “I’m super, super proud of him.

“He is feeling so solid and secure in his work. I can really step on the gas and trust the power and trust the balance in the collected work.

“He is such an amazing competitor and absolutely tries his heart out in the ring.

“We affectionately call him our little warrior because he truly fights for you every step of the way.

“I feel so honored to be his rider. I love him beyond words.”

Results:

CDI5* Grand Prix Special

Judges: Clive Halsall Monique Peutz – Vegter Evi Eisenhardt Janet Lee Foy Katrina Wüst
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B Spectators
1. 79.511 USA Adrienne Lyle Salvino 79.362 81.489 77.872 80.532 78.298 80.120 (1)
2. 69.617 SWE Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén Devanto 70.213 68.085 68.723 69.787 71.277 70.442 (3)
3. 69.511 GER Christoph Koschel Favorito 11 69.681 68.617 67.021 71.383 70.851 70.534 (2)
4. 68.447 CAN Diane Creech Chrevis Christo 67.553 67.34 66.596 70.745 70 64.622 (5)
5. 67.234 USA Ashley Holzer Valentine 66.064 67.872 70.426 65 66.809 68.379 (4)