With the largest number of Dressage CDI and national shows in the nation, all being held within 15 miles of each other in West Palm Beach Florida, Debbie McDonald and her assistant trainer Adrienne Lyle brought 6 horses from their Hailey Idaho’s River Grove Farm, and are settled in for the Florida winter. Lyle started the season off with a successful warm up for next week’s World Dressage Masters on Parry and Peggy Thomas’s Wizard, by Weltmeyer, topping the Grand Prix class in the National Division of the Gold Coast Opener with a 73.652, besting the 2010 World Equestrian Games veterans Tina Konyot and Calecto V USA (71.596) and Canada’s Ashley Holzer and Pop Art with a 71.525. To make her victory even sweeter, Lyle was presented the Trilogy Best Seat Award, with the unanimous decision of the judges’ panel; Jeanne McDonald, Bo Jena, and William Warren.
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“I am very honored to have been selected for the "Best Seat Award", sponsored by Trilogy Saddle,” Lyle commented. “Thank you to my amazing trainer Debbie (McDonald) and to the wonderful Thomas family for all your love and support!” Lyle has been riding in the Trilogy Saddles for several years, but other than the helping her position it had nothing to do with influencing the judging. "I love the Trilogy Saddles because they have three different types to choose from, to accommodate every body type. I ride in the Amadeo Elite, it had a medium depth seat. I love it because it holds your set secure while still allowing enough freedom of movement to be an effective rider. The saddle quality is exceptional and Debbie Witty and her team of saddle fitters across the country are incredibly knowledgable and will make sure your saddle fits your horse to perfection."
Lyle and McDonald are no strangers to the east coast after they travelled to gather Grand prix wins at the Saugerties CDI in September 2011, and the Dressage at Devon Grand Prix Freestyle in a torrential downpour.
In addition to her barn duties as assistant trainer, Lyle idoes much more than just ride her typical 5-8 horses a day. "On a typical training day, Lyle told DressageDaily, "we head to barn at 7am, I help unwrap horses, feed, clean waters, sweep isles etc to prepare for day. At home in Idaho I typically ride 7 or 8 horses a day, as well as teaching some of our clients on their horses. Being the all round horsewoman has made her worthy of the support and respect she has earned from McDonald and the Thomas family. “Adrienne is the hardest working person I know, “ said Jane Thomas who was watching proudly with her parents during the warm up and test. “We have a small team here and Adrienne is cleaning stalls, tack, and grooming along with all of her training duties which all a part of what makes her such a great asset to River Grove.”
At the World Dressage Masters, Lyle and Wizard have opted to ride the Grand Prix Special, instead of the freestyle, which we will see later in the Dressage in Florida season.