US Syndicate Purchases Top Dressage Stallion For Adrienne Lyle to Compete

Monday, May 11, 2015
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The top eight-year old stallion, Sandronnerhall, has been bought by a newly formed syndicate of leading American owners for Olympian, Adrienne Lyle, as a prospect to compete in the Olympics, WEG and other international shows as part of Team USA. After a careful search for the right high performance dressage prospect, Adrienne and her coach, Debbie McDonald, chose the dark bay stallion, Sandronnerhall (Sandro Hit x Donnerhall x Brentano II) in Spain where he earned scores in the 80s in Young Horse CDIs. It was only last month at the World Cup in Las Vegas that Adrienne officially retired her former mount, Wizard, with whom she had competed for the U.S. at the London Olympics in 2012 and the World Games in Normandy, France, in 2014.  “I am so excited about the potential of this talented horse, plus so grateful that these owners have come together to support me and the U.S. Dressage Team.”

Akiko Yamazaki and her Four Winds Farm, the owner of America’s top horses ridden by Steffen Peters over the past decade, led the effort to acquire Sandronnerhall.  “Although I continue to be 100 percent committed to supporting Steffen and Team Legolas and Team Rosie, I realized that it was imperative to support other potential members of the US team in order for Team USA to step back up on the medal podium.  Adrienne was a natural choice as she has demonstrated to be a valuable team member and was also in need of a mount to succeed Wizard.  The fact that she works closely with Debbie McDonald was also a big factor in our choice.  Steffen has been supportive of this effort that we hope will strengthen Team USA in the near future.”

Other partners include Betsy Juliano, of Gates Mills, Ohio and Wellington, Florida, who is an active supporter of dressage and is currently an Officer (Secretary) of the United States Equestrian Team Foundation; Elma Garcia-Cannavino and Jim Cannavino of Thermal, California and Hailey, Idaho, also long time sponsors of dressage; and Bruce and Jen Hlavacek, owner of Weltino’s Magic that won individual and team gold medals with Steffen at the Pan American Games 2011. They currently support  Shannon Peters on Weltino’s Magic. The Hlavaceks also formed Dressage Dreams, LLC, to manage the Sandronnerhall Partners, LLC, as well as future high performance dressage syndications.
The young stallion was located by Jochen Arl, the Belgian-based horse dealer who had previously arranged the sale to Akiko of Rosamunde (Rosie), an eight year old mare, currently ranked #3 in the US Grand Prix standings in her first year competing at that level, as well as Chopin R and Donavan, Akiko’s personal mounts.  Sandronnerhall was previously owned by Susana Vazquez Mostaza.  He was trained and competed by Antonio Diaz Porras of Madrid in the young horse CDI divisions.

Bruce Hlavacek, chairman of the USEF Dressage Owner’s Task Force states that, “The partnership was formed by independent owners in an effort to strengthen the United States Dressage Team that will be competing in international events and also to model how effective pooling owners’ resources can be in the purchase of world class dressage horses.”  The United States has not won a team medal at global events since the World Games in 2006. Unlike most of the top competitive countries that receive financial aid from their governments, the United States teams depend solely on private contributions from individuals and corporations for monetary support. 

The syndication model has been very successful in the jumping and eventing worlds.  Robert Dover, technical advisor/chef d’equipe of the United States Dressage Team, says, "I am extremely thrilled that the hard work of the Dressage Owners Task Force has stimulated the acquisition of a fantastic new mount by a private syndicate for Adrienne Lyle. Adrienne is one of our top, Olympic athletes and is very deserving of the wonderful support she has received through her new owners who saw her profile on ExperienceDressage.com. I wish Adrienne and her sponsors the very best of luck and hope that many more great horses will be similarly procured for our talented and committed athletes in the future! GO TEAM USA!!! "For more information on dressage riders who are looking for syndicate partners, please see www.experiencedressage.com.

Inquiries: Bruce Hlavacek 702-882-5502 Bruce@hlavacek.org