Wellington, Fla. – Jan. 14, 2021 – Eager participants gathered at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival for the first week of international competition, the AGDF 1 Lloyd Landkamer Memorial, on Thursday, January 14. After the 2020 winter competition season was cut short last March due to the outbreak of COVID-19, riders had to adjust their training when they suddenly found themselves with less ring time than they had originally anticipated. For some, it gave them the opportunity to drill down on the basics and better prepare for this year’s AGDF season and what will follow, with the FEI Dressage World Cup Finals and the Tokyo Olympics still tentatively on the horizon.
Adrienne Lyle was one of those riders who found the time away from the judging panel to be useful, and she expressed how much she feels her mount Harmony’s Duval has developed over the last year. Thanks to their dedication in the training and betterment of their technical skills, Lyle and Harmony’s Duval, a 12-year-old KWPN gelding owned by a syndicate called Harmony’s Partners, clinched the opening CDI3* Grand Prix with a 71.304%.
Just last month, the pair also won the Global Dressage Festival Fall II CDI3* Grand Prix, their first CDI competition since the CDIO3* Nations Cup during the 2020 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Lyle was excited by how far along Harmony’s Duval has come in the development of his collection and rideability since this time last year.
Finishing in second place was Great Britain’s Susan Pape and Harmony’s Eclectisch, a 12-year-old KWPN stallion, with a score of 70.522. Pape and Harmony’s Eclectisch made their Grand Prix debut together just last year at the AGDF, competing in two CDI3* competitions in January 2020. This week marks their first international competition together since the end of last January, as Pape took a respite from showing with the stallion as well.
Jennifer Schrader-Williams and Millione, an 18-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Millione Partners LLC, took third place with a score of 70.456%. Schrader-Williams and Millione had an exciting year in 2020 despite the early end to the AGDF, traveling to the US Dressage Festival of Champions to claim the USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship at the end of August.
Competition at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival 1 will resume on Friday, Jan. 15, at 8:30 a.m. with the Intermediate II for Amateurs. The CDI-W Grand Prix to qualify for the Freestyle will take place starting at 11:50 a.m.
FROM THE WINNERS CIRCLE
Adrienne Lyle – Grand Prix CDI3* for the Special Winner
On her ride:
“I’m quite happy with him, he was a good boy today. He was a little more nervous than I was anticipating which was kind of funny. I don’t know if it was the cooler weather or what but he was a little bit on edge. We’ve shown here plenty of times before but he had a little bit of a different horse in there. Lost a few points in the piaffe/passage because we lost some harmony and the elastic energy, and that can be such a highlight for him. We take this and move onto the Special, that’s a test that really counts for us. It’s a good starting place.”
On their training:
“This is Duval’s second year in the Grand Prix. He knows all the stuff pretty well so we are just trying to polish up all the little bits. Lots of halting which sounds weird, but he hates to stand still. Lots of practicing the halt and rein back, cantering in and halting, things like that where he can get easily distracted and lose points.”
On their plans for the AGDF season:
“We’re focusing on the Special with him, we’ve chosen not to focus on the World Cup or Freestyle. My dream would be to make the short list to go to Europe with him, that’s my goal. We have a wonderful group of owners supporting us so we’ll just keep enjoying the season here for now.”
On Harmony’s Duval’s strengths this year:
“His strength in the collection work is continuing to improve and his overall rideability has always been the biggest focus with him because he can get a little distracted. We had time to train at home, but he is a horse that needs to be exposed and out doing stuff. We had to get his mind back into seeing people other than me after the summer. I thought it was pretty cool that Harmony’s horses were one and two in a class sponsored by them. Leslie Malone was great to let us get Duval from her when he was a youngster and made it possible for us to bring him along.”
Results: CDI3* Grand Prix (for the Grand Prix Special)
Rider / Country / Horse / Total Score
1. Adrienne Lyle / USA / Harmony’s Duval / 71.304
2. Susan Pape / GBR / Harmony’s Eclectisch / 70.522
3. Jennifer Williams / USA / Millione / 70.456
4. Katie Johnson / USA / Quartett / 68.000
5. Jan Ebeling / USA / Indeed / 67.978
6. Guenter Seidel / USA / Equirelle / 67.956