Aachen, Germany – June 30, 2022 – Denmark’s Catherine Dufour and Bohemian, a 12-year-old Westphalian gelding, earned an 80.413% to win Wednesday’s HAVENS Horsefeed-Prize FEI Grand Prix CDI4* in Aachen, Germany, kicking off the week of competition in style. Adrienne Lyle of the United States and Salvino received a 76.891% from the ground jury to take second place. Lyle and Salvino were one of two U.S. combinations in the class, with Sarah Tubman and First Apple, who took 15th place with a score of 68.761%.
Dufour and Bohemian are continuing their winning streak this year, following stellar performances in Herning, Denmark, this spring where they earned a score of 82% in the CDI5* Grand Prix and a 90.5% in their CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle.
Lyle and Salvino, a 15-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Betsy Juliano, rode a fluid and balanced test in their first outing in Europe this season. The pair showcased stellar piaffe and passage work, which was well-rewarded by the judges, and Lyle feels confident the pair will continue to iron out details on their campaign for team selection ahead of the 2022 FEI Dressage World Championships later this summer.
“Salvino feels great. With no spectators in Tokyo, it’s been a while since we’ve been in such a big atmosphere and he was quite enthusiastic in there today,” said Lyle. “We’re both so happy to be back here at this incredible show and I’m really looking forward to riding our freestyle under the lights on Saturday, which is an experience I’ve never had here. I’m already looking forward to tomorrow and cheering on our other American athletes in the Nations Cup!”
Competition in the FEI CDI4* will continue Friday with the FEI Grand Prix Special, and both U.S. combinations will contest the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle on Saturday, July 2, at 9:30 p.m. GMT+2.
The U.S. was represented by two combinations in the FEI Prix St. Georges, with Ashley Holzer and Bliss, a 10-year-old Oldenburg mare owned by Holzer & Diane Fellows, earning a 71.853% to finish fourth in the class, while Charlotte Jorst and her own Zhaplin Langholt, a 9-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, took fifth place with a score of 71.647%.
The Lambertz FEI Dressage Nations Cup CDIO5* will begin Thursday, June 30, at 9:30 a.m. GMT+2 with Katie Duerrhammer and Quartett starting off the team order with their ride at 10:24 a.m. Ben Ebeling and Indeed will follow second at 11:54 a.m. Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo will go third, starting at 2:24 p.m., with Steffen Peters and Suppenkasper anchoring the first day of competition with a ride time at 4:03 p.m.