Wellington, Fla. – Jan. 13, 2023 – Following their standout performance in the CDI-W Grand Prix to qualify for the Freestyle on Thursday afternoon, Adrienne Lyle and Betsy Juliano LLC & Salvino Partners LLC’s 16-year-old Hanovarian stallion, Salvino, topped the leaderboard once again for their performance in the CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle under the lights. With a score of 83.54%, the pair is one step closer to their goal of qualifying for the FEI World Cup Dressage Finals in Omaha, Nebraska, later this spring.
For their harmonious test that earned them scores up to 86% from the judging panel, the well acquainted duo secured the blue ribbon and trip into the winners circle once again. Their consistently high scores of 8 and 8.5 in the piaffe and passage, plus several scores of 9 in their canter pirouettes and piaffe and passage, edged them up to the top of the leaderboard at the end of the night. Lyle and Salvino’s degree of difficulty score of 9.5 was also the highest in the class.
Sarah Tubman and Summit Farm’s 13-year-old stallion, First Apple, took home second place with a new personal best score of 78.25%. Following a consistent Grand Prix test on Thursday that also earned them a red ribbon with a score of 70.5%, Tubman was pleased to make such a great improvement and have such a positive experience in the first Friday Night Lights of the winter competition season.
Sweden’s Caroline Darcourt riding Lövsta Stuteri A’s gelding, Lord Django, rounded out the top three with a score of 78.17%, also a new personal best for the pair. In their first freestyle performance as a partnership, with a routine she prepared just this week, Darcourt was thrilled to improve upon her own personal best freestyle score by 10%.
Competition at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival will continue Sunday, Jan. 15, concluding the week with Young Riders Freestyle and the CDI1* Intermediate I Freestyle.
FROM THE WINNERS CIRCLE
Adrienne Lyle – CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle Winner
On her freestyle:
“I’m super thrilled to be here again, it’s an amazing venue. I was excited to see how packed it was despite this cold weather. He feels great and he was happy to be here. We were fortunate to have the World Cup qualifier in December here under our belt, so this is the second of three we have to try to do. He doesn’t do a lot in between these shows, he knows his job now so we just keep him happy, healthy, and fit. We’ll go home and rest after this then try to get one more under our belt.
Sarah Tubman – CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle second place
On her test:
“There’s really nothing like riding on our home turf with such a big crowd. It’s a great electric atmosphere. My horse absolutely loves it here, and loves the crowd and the energy that this ring brings. We are really lucky to have this seven minutes away from our stable and be able to practice under this circumstance. It’s quite fun and we are lucky to have access to this. I’m just taking it month by month, but I’m really proud of my horse and myself. We have come quite a long but we just continue to try to improve. I’m really lucky to do it on a fabulous horse.”
Caroline Darcourt – CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle third place
On her test:
“I am just over the moon about this whole show. He did his very first freestyle tonight that we just made this week. This was for sure more than I could have hoped for. I am extremely happy to be here tonight. This show is great, the possibility of getting to ride at a show like this is just amazing.”
Results: CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle
Place / Rider / Country / Horse / Owner / Total Score
1. Adrienne Lyle / USA / Salvino / Betsy Juliano LLC & Salvino Partners LLC / 83.54%
2. Sarah Tubman / USA / First Apple / Summit Farm / 78.25%
3. Caroline Darcourt / SWE / Lord Django / Lövsta Stuteri AB / 78.17%
4. Anna Marek / USA / Fire Fly / Janet Simile / 76.255%
5. Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén / Devanto / Lövsta Stuteri AB & Peter Brenske / 75.31%
6. Kerrigan Gluch / USA / Mejorano HGF / Hampton Green Farm / 73.705%
7. Benjamin Ebeling / USA / Indeed / Vantage Equestrian Group II, LLC / 72.06%
8. Susan Pape / GBR / Harmony’s Eclectisch / Harmony Amateur Sports Foundation, Susan Pape, Harmony Amateur Sports Foundation & Ingo Pape / 72.055%
9. Patricia Ferrando / VEN / Honnaisseur SJ / Patricia Ferrando & Patricia Zilio / 70.86%
10. Evi Strasser / CAN / Disney Tyme / Evi Strasser / 68.865%