Adrienne Lyle and Salvino Extend Their Unbeaten 2022 Streak On Opening Day of AGDF 11

Friday, March 25, 2022
Posted by Alice Collins for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.




A day brimming with grand prix action opened up proceedings in week 11 of the 2022 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, FL. Four winners — two at four-star and two at three-star — were crowned at the level on Thursday, March 24. AGDF, which hosts seven weeks of CDI competition, runs through March 27. This is the final CDI of the 2022 winter circuit.

Photo - Adrienne Lyle (USA) and her Olympic mount Salvino claimed the Grand Prix CDI4* for freestyle — which was moved indoors due to the weather — with 78.566%. ©susanjstickle.com

The day’s highest score came courtesy of 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games U.S. team silver medalist Adrienne Lyle. She rode Salvino to a 78.566% victory in the Grand Prix CDI4* (for freestyle), presented by Douglas Elliman Real Estate. They commanded many eights, and a sprinkling of nines — for piaffe and in the walk section. This is the pair’s second CDI of the year, and they remain unbeaten in all three of their starts since the Olympics, having claimed double glory in five-star week of AGDF 2022.

Fellow Olympians filled the remaining two podium steps. Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu (CAN), who was last to go, snuck into second with a 71.500% ride on her long-time partner All In, while seven-time Swedish Olympian Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén claimed third with her relatively new ride Devanto (71.261%).

So Consistent

“Salvino’s proving to be so consistent,” said Lyle of Betsy Juliano’s 15-year-old stallion son of Sandro Hit. “His body feels really powerful and full of energy, so I’m thrilled. He’s always had a lot of power, but he sometimes struggled with the balance in the trot extensions, so I feel like we’re really able to unleash and go full power, which is fun.”
Adrienne Lyle with Salvino’s owner Betsy Juliano, Scott Durkin, CEO of class sponsor Douglas Elliman Real Estate, and judge from C Stephen Clarke. ©susanjstickle.com

The class was moved to the Van Kampen Covered Arena as storms swept the Wellington area.

Adrienne Lyle with Salvino
Adrienne Lyle with Salvino (©susanjstickle.com)

“I’m thankful that they chose to do this because in this weather, with the thunderstorms and the rain, the last thing we want to do is take a chance on sloppy footing for these horses,” remarked Lyle. “The horses have to be able to go in any venue, so it doesn’t really matter to me. He’s an absolute gentleman who loves to show and loves to be the center of attention.”

Lyle will contest the CDI4* freestyle under lights on Friday night, the first time in almost three years that they have ridden to music in a CDI. The last was at Aachen, Germany, in July of 2019, where the pair scored 83.56%.

Looking Forward to the Freestyle

“I’m looking forward to doing a freestyle tomorrow night, which I haven’t done for a long time with him, because all up to Tokyo we were focused on the special because that was the test for the team medal. I’m really excited to ride it here because it’s such a fun venue,” said the 37-year-old.

Lyle, who is from Idaho and trains with Debbie McDonald, is gunning for a place on the shortlist of riders who will travel to Europe to try to claim a place on the U.S. team at the ECCO FEI World Championships in Denmark in August.

Action in week 11 of the 2022 AGDF resumes on Friday, March 25, with a jam-packed day and evening of competition. “Friday Night Stars” features the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI4* to music under the lights, presented by Douglas Elliman Real Estate, which kicks off at 7 p.m. Daytime action includes the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI3*, sponsored by The Dutta Corp., which starts at 4 p.m. Also during the day on Friday are no less than four Prix St. Georges classes as well as juniors, young riders, and an under-25 Intermediate II. For more information and results, visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

Results: FEI Grand Prix CDI4* (for freestyle), presented by Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Place, rider, nationality, horse, horse information: judge E%, judge H%, judge C%, judge M%, judge B%, final score

E, Maarten Van Der Heijden (NED); H, Marlena Gruca Rucinska (POL); C, Stephen Clarke (GBR); M, Thomas Keßler (GER); B, Peter Storr (GBR)

1. Adrienne Lyle (USA) on Salvino, Betsy Juliano LLC’s 15yo Hanoverian stallion by Sandro Hit: 78.696, 77.935, 78.37, 76.957, 80.87, 78.566

2. Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu (CAN) on All In, her own & Marc-Andre Beaulieu’s 17yo KWPN gelding by Tango: 71.196, 70.761, 71.522, 70.652, 73.37, 71.5

3. Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén (SWE) on Devanto, Lövsta Stuteri AB’s 13yo gelding by De Chirico: 71.63, 70.87, 74.457, 69.457, 69.891, 71.261

4. Sarah Tubman (USA) on First Apple, Summit Farm’s 12yo KWPN stallion by Vivaldi: 69.348, 70.87, 73.696, 69.891, 69.13, 70.587

5. Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (USA) on Rassing’s Lonoir, her own & Mary McPhail’s 18yo Danish Warmblood gelding by De Noir: 70.978, 69.783, 72.283, 67.609, 70.761, 70.283

6. Carly Taylor-Smith (USA) on Rosalut NHF, Nikki Taylor-Smith’s 12yo Oldenburg gelding by Rosenthal: 67.391, 68.913, 70.761, 67.174, 69.565, 68.761

7. Jennifer Williams (USA) on Millione, Millione Partners’s Danish Warmblood gelding by Milan: 67.065, 67.391, 70.978, 68.37, 67.609, 68.283

8. Paula Matute Guimón (ESP) on Delagronge, her own & Julie McAllister’s 14yo Oldenburg stallion by De Niro: 68.804, 67.826, 67.826, 67.174, 68.913, 68.109

9. Alice Tarjan (USA) on Serenade MF, her own 9yo AHS mare by Sir Donnerhall I: 70.109, 67.935, 69.022, 65.87, 66.63, 67.913

10. Pablo Gómez Molina (ESP) on Ulises De Ymas, Yeguada de Ymas S.L., Javier Bacariza & Cristina Danguillecourt’s 12yo PRE gelding by Seni Indio: 66.848, 67.283, 67.065, 63.37, 68.913, 66.696

11. Evi Strasser (CAN) on Disney Tyme, her own 14yo Oldenburg gelding by Diamond Hit: 66.413, 64.022, 66.957, 63.37, 64.348, 65.022

12. Amina Bursese (USA) on Fiti AL, her own 18yo PRE stallion by Jondo: 63.587, 63.804, 62.609, 62.717, 61.087, 62.761