Adrienne Lyle & Salvino Rocket Up World Rankings to #11, Highest Ever for American Olympic, World Silver Medalists

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Adrienne Lyle riding Salvino in CDI5* at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. © 2022 Ken Braddick/

Mar. 1, 2022

Adrienne Lyle and Salvino rocketed up the world rankings to No. 11, the highest in the partnership of five years for the American Olympic and world team silver medalists.

Victories in both the CDI5* Grand Prix and Special at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center last week led to Adrienne of Wellington, Florida and the 15-year-old Hanoverian stallion jumping to 11th in the world from 63rd the previous month. The competition was the first for the pair since the Olympics in Tokyo last July and made the pair the highest ranked American.

Sweden’s Patrik Kittel on Touchdown also made a dramatic leap in the rankings to No. 12 from 70th at the end of January. The success of the three-time Olympic rider and the 10-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding was also capped by a CDI5*, at Doha, Qatar the same time as Wellington. Patrik and Touchdown achieved the latest ranking with just eight Big Tour starts over the past five months.

Big changes in the standings were also recorded by Denmark’s star Cathrine Dufour on Vamos Amigos to 25th in the world up from 147th in a month. Cathrine held on to No. 3 with Bohemian, her 2021 Olympic and European Championship mount.

Two older horses on the world stage displayed rejuvenated performances:

–Charlotte Jorst of Reno, Nevada and Kastel’s Nintendo, 19-year-old KWPN stallion moved up to No. 36 from 157th, boosted by performances in the same Wellington CDI5* as Adrienne and Salvino, and

–Kristy Oatley, the Germany-based and four-time Olympic rider who competes for Australia climbing to 45th in the world from 173rd on Du Soleil, the 18-year-old Hanoverian gelding that partnered at the 2016 Olympics, 2018 World Equestrian Games and 2017 World Cup Final.

Her daugher, Rose Oatley, on Daddy Moon begins her third year as world No. 1 on the Pony world rankings. Rose is also No. 4 on Rock Revolution on the world Junior standings.

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl remained atop the world rankings with TSF Dalera BB, the golden couple from the Olympics and European Championships. Jessica will be Wellington later in March to host a masterclass at the Global Dressage Festival.

Complete rankings are available here.