With the 2022 ECCO FEI World Championships set to kick off Aug. 6 in Herning, Denmark, we’re looking back at the pair gracing the cover of the Chronicle’s World Championships Preview Issue, out this week: Adrienne Lyle and Salvino.
One year ago this week, they help the U.S. win its first Olympic team silver in dressage since 1948. Most recently, they distinguished themselves as the best-performing U.S. pair at the Aachen CHIO (Germany) in July, where they finished second in the Havens Horsefeed CDI4* Grand Prix on June 29, but they have been on fire all year.
Go Behind the Stall Door with “big talker” Salvino to learn more about the 15-year-old stallion’s personality in the barn, and read on to relive their record-setting March 25 freestyle performance at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Florida).
For competition predictions, a look at some of the riders who will be there and more on the 2022 ECCO FEI World Championships, check out the July 2022 issue of The Chronicle of the Horse.
Tokyo Olympic team silver medalists Adrienne Lyle and Salvino earned a career high score of 85.58%—the highest score ever recorded in the history of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival—in the CDI4* Grand Prix freestyle on March 25 at the final “Friday Night Stars” of the 2022 AGDF season in Wellington, Florida. The previous high score of 84.97% was set by Laura Graves and Verdades in March 2018.
The ride came just a day after Lyle and Salvino, Betsy Juliano LLC’s 15-year-old stallion (Sandro Hit—Dynastie, Donnerhall), posted the highest Grand Prix score by any U.S. combination since last year’s Tokyo Olympic Games.
“It was hands down the best feeling I’ve ever had in the ring in my life,” said Lyle, who scored two 10s for piaffe and another for music. “Salvino just feels unbelievable. This is such a fun place to show. The crowd’s amazing and enthusiastic. The competition was super tonight; it was a magical evening.”
In second place came another stallion and another personal best: Sarah Tubman rode First Apple, owned by Summit Farm, to 78.20%. Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu and her All In—who represented Canada in Tokyo—finished third with 77.01%.
Watch Lyle and Salvino’s record-setting test here: