Lyle and Horizon Top 31 Entries in FEI Prix St. Georges CDI 1* at AGDF 10
Adrienne Lyle and Horizon. Photo Credit: ©SusanJStickle.
Wellington, FL – March 15, 2017 – Week ten commenced on Wednesday, March 15, at the 2017 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, FL with a victory for Adrienne Lyle (USA) and Horizon in the FEI Prix St. Georges CDI 1*, presented by CaptiveOne.
Lyle and Horizon, a 2007 Hanoverian mare (Hotline x Don Schufro) owned by Elizabeth Juliano, bested a talented class of 31 riders in the FEI Prix St. Georges CDI 1*, presented by CaptiveOne. The duo earned themselves a top spot on the leaderboard with a solid start to the week and a score of 71.447%.
“I couldn’t be happier with her,” commented Lyle, “at the end of a long season, to be able to have her just as fresh and confident and happy. That’s the main goal, to have them loving it just as much the last time they go down centerline, as they did the first time. She is for sure not burnt out. She’s always ready to go.”
Horizon is owned by Elizabeth Juliano, founder of Havensafe Farm, and sponsor of AGDF Week 10.
“Being here means so much,” said Juliano. “I’ve had that horse since she was three, and I couldn’t be happier with how she’s going. Step-by-step, this pair has been very careful and classical and kind, and she shows it. She loves what she does, (and) she’s a huge busy body. She loves going to these shows, and the atmosphere never intimidates her. I just can’t wait to see her continue to develop because she just loves what she’s doing, and I’ll love to see it happen.”
Juliano also spoke about Jennifer Baumert (USA) and Handsome, a 2005 Hanoverian gelding (Hochadel x Wyona x Weltmeyer) owned by Juliano. The pair placed fourth with a respectable 69.342%.
“Handsome is newer to me,” continued Juliano, “and I’m really thrilled with them too. They’re figuring each other out, but there is such great promise there as well. This has been a really thrilling season for me with four horses competing, and it’s fantastic to be able to do it here at such a great facility.”
Taking the second-place position in the FEI Prix St. Georges CDI 1* was Lars Petersen (DEN) and Quascai Nexen, a 2008 Danish Warmblood gelding (Quaterback x Pearl Nexen x Argentinus) owned by Altersgait LLC, with a score of 70.447%. Third place was awarded to Juan Matute Guimon (ESP) and Dhannie Ymas, a 2007 Hanoverian gelding (Don Crusador x Welina) owned by Yeguada de Ymas, with 70.368%.
Earlier in the day, the Florida International Youth Dressage Championships (FIYDC) kicked off with rider introductions and a press conference, held in the Global Pavilion at Equestrian Village. The competition is presented by Sarah Davis, Terri Kane, Kim Van Kampen, The Van Kampen Boyer Molinari Foundation, Hampton Green Farm, and Dressage4kids, and takes place over the duration of week 10 at the AGDF.
“We started this when we began taking a look at the other youth programs here in Florida,” said Kim Van Kampen. “We believed that working in conjunction with some of the other youth efforts down here would bring more and more young people down to compete internationally at the youth levels, and that’s what it has done.”
Ranked as the Number One rider on the FEI Youth Dressage World Ranking List – U25, 21-year-old Diana Porsche (AUT) reflected on the opportunity that the FIYDC and AGDF have provided.
“I think that it is the perfect preparation here for Europe,” said Porsche, “because you have a very big show, and you can go in many different rings on the same show grounds. For me, the preparation is perfect because we also have the international judges here and international riders, so I love to come here with my horses.”
This year the youth riders will represent seven countries, including Austria, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States. The overall scores will be computed as Team Test 40%, Individual Test 40% and Freestyle 20%. Awards will be presented to the top eight riders in each division, and prizes include a trophy donated by Kim Van Kampen, prize money donated by Dressage4kids, Sarah Davis, and Terri Kane, and the personal use of a stall at Hampton Green Farm for the 2018 season, donated by Kim Van Kampen, for each of the four overall division winners. The high scoring pony will receive the Poldy 10 Memorial Trophy.
For more information and to see a full list of results, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.