Adrienne Lyle and Horizon, a 2007 Hanoverian mare (by Hotline x Don Schufro) owned by Elizabeth Juliano, took home two victories in the small tour at the 2017 CDI Wellington on 7 - 12 February 2017. The 2016 Developign PSG Horse Champions earned wins in the Intermediaire I and Inter I Kur to music.
On Saturday 11 February the pair won the Intermediaire 1 Freestyle CDI 3* with a score of 75.325%.
“That was my first freestyle ever with her,” Lyle revealed. “We actually just kind of pulled this together last minute. I wasn’t aware that when we entered we also had to have a freestyle, so once we got here to the show I called some friends and Katherine Bateson Chandler lent me an old freestyle of hers. This was the first time I’ve actually ridden through the whole thing. I was really happy and Horizon was really good and stayed right with me and was there for me, despite winging it.”
Lyle and Horizon were also winners of the Intermediaire I in Friday’s competition. Lyle has spent the past few years out of the international competition ring. Commenting on her return, she said, “I’ve been really missing it. It feels really good to get back out there.”
Steffen Peters and Bailarino, a 2008 Oldenburg gelding (by Breitling x De Niro) owned by Four Winds Farm, placed second with a score of 75.100%. “I was very happy with Bailarino. Like I said before, he is not the most motivated horse and for the third day, he still had to work a lot, but he did his job. We had one short change in the three tempis, and that was the difference between the first and second placing.” Peters joked, “I asked Adrienne to take it easy on me. I even pulled the age card since I’m twice her age, but it obviously didn’t work!”
Placing third was Jane Cleveland (USA) and Monique, a 2009 Danish Warmblood mare (by Temptation x Matador) with a 72.750%.
Earlier in the day, Diana Porsche (USA), and Di Sandro, a 2003 Oldenburg gelding (by De Niro x Sandro) won the Under 25 Short Grand Prix with a score of 71.535%. Second place was awarded to Anna Buffini (USA) and Sundayboy, a 1999 KWPN gelding (by Kennedy) with 69.651%. Mathilde Blais Tetreault (CAN) and Utah rounded out the top three with a 65.907%.
Press release by Carly Weilminster, edited by Eurodressage - Photo © Astrid Appels
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