Video of Adrienne Lyle and Wizard of Their Winning Freestyle at the Collecting Gaits/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions

Sunday, June 21, 2009
Posted by bossmare


Saturday's Grand Prix Freestyle, which served as the second-leg in the three-round championship competition, was won by Adrienne Lyle and the 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding Wizard. It was quite a jump up from the pair's ninth-place finish in Friday's Grand Prix. Their freestyle score was 74.950 percent. Placing second in the freestyle were the winners of Friday's Grand Prix – Leslie Morse and Tip Top 962, a 15-year-old Swedish Warmblood stallion. They scored 74.250.
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Lyle earned her victory riding to country music, including the popular tune "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy." She said country fit her, not only because she hails from Idaho, where she trains with Debbie McDonald, but also because country is her favorite type of music. "It's all I listen to," she said. Lyle, last year's Brentina Cup champion, was determined from the get-go not to let the rain impede her performance. Knowing that Wizard is no fan of puddles, she got up early in the morning and took him out for some 'puddle training' that consisted of giving him sugar for daring to follow her into water. The strategy clearly worked as Wizard splashed right through the wet ring, perhaps in anticipation of sugar cubes at the end. In reality, Lyle and Wizard performed well a rather difficult freestyle, one that Lyle said they had only ridden once before. "I'm very proud of him," she said. Video by JJ. Hathaway