Adrienne Lyle Wins Preliminary Class in the Markel/USEF Young Horse Five-Year-Old Dressage National Championship
Friday, August 26, 2022
Fourteen combinations kicked off the Markel/USEF Young Horse Five-Year-Old Dressage National Championship with the FEI Five-Year-Old Preliminary Test. Adrienne Lyle put in another excellent ride to win the class with Valor on a score of 9.26. Lyle (Wellington, Fla.) and Kylee Lourie’s 2017 Westphalian gelding earned scores of 8.5 for the trot and walk, 10 for the canter, 9.5 for submission, and 9.8 for general impression.
Photo - Adrienne Lyle and Valor (SusanJStickle.com)
“He was really, really phenomenal today,” said Lyle. “Honestly, I don’t think I could’ve asked him to do much better than what he did. He is so fun in the ring. He is so light to the aids, soft in the contact that you can just kind of sit there and try to stay out of his way. And he really lets you navigate him through all of the different questions in there.”
Lindsey Holleger (Middletown, N.Y.) and MW Fürstenchantment, Jennifer Vanover’s 2017 Oldenburg stallion, were second with a score of 8.96. Rebecca Rigdon (Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.) and MSJ For Vips, Lauren Fischer’s 2017 Oldenburg gelding, finished third with a score of 8.68.
From the Mixed Zone:
How long has Valor been in your program?
Lyle: “We got him when he has just turned three from Germany. Kylee Lourie is his owner. We bought him off of a video right at the beginning of COVID. We got him in just before everything shut down due to COVID, so we have been together for the last two years. He had just a few rides in Europe, maybe two weeks under saddle so he was pretty much very green when new got him. He just seems to have an amazing mind and really tries super hard for his rider. He is a very special horse.”
When did you decide to come to the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage National Championships with this horse?
Lyle: “This was my first year doing the young horse competitions. We have several young horses in the barn, so we said, ‘You know what? Let’s just give it a try.’ We did two qualifiers, which was what we needed to get here, and he did well in both of them. He hasn’t scored as high as he did today and I don’t think he has had as good of a ride as we did today, so I am just thrilled that he peaked when he did.”
Competition continues Friday at 8 a.m. CT in the Markel Arena with the FEI Six-Year-Old Preliminary test of the Markel/USEF Young Horse Six-Year-Old Dressage National Championship, while the Grand Prix Arena starts at 8:30 a.m. CT with the FEI Pony Rider Team Test of the USEF Pony Rider Dressage National Championship.
The Markel/USEF Young Horse Five-Year-Old Dressage National Championship will conclude Saturday with the FEI Five-Year-Old Final Test.
Watch the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions live stream this week on USEF Network.