Olympic Silver Medalist Adrienne Lyle Rides Lars van de Hoenderhelde to Victory in First CDI Grand Prix Special for USA Partnership

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Adrienne Lyle on Lars van de Hoenderhelde hearing the score that gave the new partnership victory in the Wellington CDI3* Grand Prix Special. © 2024 Ken Braddick/DRESSAGE-NEWS.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 30, 2024–Olympic silver medalist Adrienne Lyle rode Lars van de Hoenderhelde to victory Saturday in the first CDI Grand Prix Special for the new partnership with Endel Ots on Zen Elite’s Bohemian runner-up to put the two horse and rider combinations into the top qualifiers to go to Europe to seek a start on the United States team at the Paris Games.

Adrienne and the 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding were awarded 73.192% for the CDI3* Special win two days after placing second to Endel and Bohemian in the Grand Prix.

Endel, like Adrienne based in Wellington, and the 14-year-old Westfalen gelding were awarded 72.490% in the Special. He has had the horse for about the same period of time as Adrienne has been partnered with Lars and a third Grand Prix mount, Helix that were bought by Heidi Humphries, a successful business owner in nearby Ft. Lauderdale.

Bohemian was competed by Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour for Denmark at the Tokyo Olympics and the 2021 European Championships.

Kasey Perry-Glass in only the second CDI on Heartbeat W.P., a 12-year-old KWPN gelding, placed third on 71.383%.

Kasey rode Dublet on the U.S. team for bronze at the 2016 Olympics and for silver along with Adrienne and Salvino at the 2018 World Equestrian Games.

“I was so incredibly happy with him today,” said Adrienne after the ride on the horse that had been competed by world champion rider Charlotte “Lottie” Fry of Great Britain. “This is the first full Special I’ve ridden through on him. We chose just to do a national Grand Prix and then try to kind of trust him that he would be there when we needed him.

“I’m just so, so happy at his energy and his honesty and his willingness. He really seems like he’s starting to understand what I want and fight for me in there, which is really special for him to do in such a new relationship.”

Endel told dressage-news.com he loved “the feeling and the energy” on Bohemian. “He felt really with me.”

Prospects have three more competitions in Florida–two at Terra Nova near Sarasota and one at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala for a “short” list of about eight riders and horses to go to Europe to compete in June and July before the Paris Olympics.

Endel and Bohemian and Adrienne and Lars after one qualifying CDI now stand in the third and fourth places behind Sarah Tubman on First Apple and Steffen Peters on Suppenkasper. Sarah and First Apple last competed at the Pan American Games in October but plan to show next month.

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix Special
Rank Competitor Score E H C M B
1.
Adrienne Lyle (USA)
Lars van de Hoenderheide
73.192% 73.511 73.936 72.128 73.511 72.872
2.
Endel Ots (USA)
Zen Elite’s Bohemian
72.490% 71.809 72.979 74.894 71.489 71.277
3.
Kasey Perry-Glass (USA)
Heartbeat W.P.
71.383% 70.532 71.383 71.809 71.170 72.021
4.
Marcus Orlob (USA)
Jane
70.830% 72.447 69.468 71.277 70.000 70.957
5.
Ashley Holzer (USA)
Hansel
69.766% 69.894 70.851 67.660 69.043 71.383
6.
Callie O’Connell (USA)
Eaton H
66.660% 67.340 67.553 65.745 65.000 67.660
7.
James Irwin (CAN)
Simsalabim
66.659% 65.957 68.085 64.787 67.447 67.021
8.
Camille Carier Bergeron (CAN)
Sound of Silence 4
66.638% 66.915 67.128 66.170 67.021 65.957
9.
Geñay Vaughn (USA)
Gino
66.617% 67.872 66.596 66.277 63.936 68.404
10.
Jill Irving (CAN)
Genesis
65.511% 66.277 65.426 63.298 65.106 67.447
11.
Nicholia Clarke (USA)
Sir Amour
63.043% 62.681 64.170 62.681 63.851 61.830
12.
Micah Deligdish (ISR)
Santos
62.255% 61.277 62.234 62.979 62.340 62.447
13.
Luuk Mourits (NED)
Harmony’s Don’t Stop The Feeling
61.532% 62.447 61.702 60.426 62.447 60.638
14.
Barbara Bertschinger (SUI)
Sonnenbergs Solisco CH
61.234% 63.532 61.298 61.404 60.872 59.064
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