Wellington, FL (March 21, 2012) – Dressage rider Adrienne Lyle has had great success with Peggy Thomas’s Oldenburg gelding Wizard, and during the Wellington Classic Spring Challenge Lyle rode into the winner’s circle on her up-and-coming young horse Accolade. A Dutch mare also owned by Thomas, Accolade is poised to make a statement on the national scene as she is not only a talented mare but is the half-sister of the legendary Brentina, owned by Thomas and ridden by Lyle’s trainer Debbie McDonald.
Lyle and Accolade won the USEF Fourth Level Test of Choice with a score of 70.714%, and also took home the World Development Group Award, sponsored by the World Development Group, a premier developer of the Equestrian Lifestyle. “Accolade and Brentina have the same dad, Brentano II. Accolade is a little more of a modern type with a ton of scope and a lot of athletic ability. She and Brentina are very similar in personality and temperament, which is very fun. Accolade is a very special mare,” Lyle said.
Wellington, FL (February 17, 2012) – With seven championship medals to her name, including the Individual Bronze Medals from the 2003 and 2007 Pan American Games, Yvonne Losos de Muñiz and her equine partner Liebling II danced their way to victory in the Grand Prix Freestyle at the Wellington Classic Spring Challenge at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. Thanks to a beautiful musical performance, Losos de Muñiz and Liebling not only won the class but also won the Rock Star Award from Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock, Inc.
Losos de Muñiz, who rides for the Dominican Republic, was thrilled to ride away with the blue ribbon and the Rock Star Freestyle Award. “Our freestyle was a lot smoother and more forward than usual. We have a few glitches to iron out, but it’s coming along nicely and I was pleased with how it all went,” she said.