Vita Flex Congratulates Victory Team Rider Adrienne Lyle on Winning Performances at The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions
Gladstone, NJ (May 31, 2017) – Riding away with a National Championship title, a Reserve National Championship, and the Patsy Albers Award is all in a day’s work for U.S. Olympian and Vita Flex Victory Team Rider Adrienne Lyle. Leading performance horse supplement company Vita Flex is pleased to congratulate Lyle on her outstanding success at The Dutta Corp U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions in Gladstone, New Jersey, held May 18-21, 2017. The only rider to compete on a total of three horses at the Festival of Champions, Lyle once again demonstrated why she is a valued Vita Flex Victory Team member.
Lyle and Salvino, a 10-year-old stallion by Sandro Hit an owned by Salvino Partners LLC, garnered first place in the Grand Prix Freestyle by posting a top score of 76.325 percent – a personal best for the duo in their first time competing to music. The pair rode their freestyle test to a piece originally choreographed for Lyle’s Olympic and World Equestrian Games mount, Wizard.
“I couldn’t be happier with what Salvino gave me; there’s a ton of power there,” said Lyle. “He’s such a cool, level headed horse and I think very shortly I’m going to feel comfortable just tapping into even more potential and pushing him for more of what he has to offer.”
For her top score in the Grand Prix Freestyle, Lyle also earned The Dressage Foundation’s Patsy Albers Award. Established in remembrance of Albers, the award provides financial support for continuing education to the highest-placing dressage rider at the US Equestrian High Performance Championships.
After their stellar Freestyle score contributed to an overall score of 71.344, Lyle and Salvino took the overall Grand Prix U.S. Dressage Grand Prix Reserve National Championship. The two enjoyed their victory ride in the red Reserve Championship cooler, placing second to their training mates, fellow Olympian Kasey Perry-Glass riding Goerklintgaards Dublet.
It was Lyle’s turn to win the blue in the U.S. Dressage Intermediate I National Championship, when she danced to the top with Betsy Juliano’s mare Horizon, a 10-year-old Oldenburg (Hotline x Don Schufro). The pair’s careful training, professionalism, and poise earned the first place Freestyle score of 75.500 percent, and an overall division percentage of 70.976. This is the Olympic rider’s first-ever National Championship title.
Lyle was equally proud of the powerful, nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Harmony’s Duval (Rousseau x Uptown Girl) who showed calm under pressure by successfully handling his very first championship competition. Owned by Duval Partners LLC, Harmony’s Duval and Lyle earned a score of 71.1 percent in the Intermediate I Freestyle and remained in the top three overall in the Intermediate I Championship with a total score of 70.466 percent.
Lyle has been training for over a decade with current USEF Developing Dressage Coach and Olympian Debbie McDonald, and rode for the United States in the 2012 London Olympics herself. Lyle also helped Team USA to fourth place at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.
In between earning top honors and awards throughout the Festival of Champions, Lyle found time to film a testimonial video with her sponsor Vita Flex. The USET Foundation graciously allowed the video crew to use their offices and trophy room as a backdrop, which has an unparalleled ambiance of equestrian sport horse tradition. Coincidentally, Lyle did her unmounted interview with Vita Flex seated under a portrait of her coach Debbie McDonald, on the iconic mare Brentina, that graces the hallowed walls of the USET Foundation headquarters.
Vita Flex has been a steadfast supporter of the equestrian community for generations, and the company enjoys shining the spotlight on riders like Lyle who are constantly striving to excel in their chosen sport. Lyle and Vita Flex representatives were thrilled to film their promotional video at the iconic Gladstone grounds, and appreciate the generous hospitality. Vita Flex looks forward to following Lyle’s continued progress and success as she heads to Europe to compete later this summer, and then sets her sights on the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina.
Vita Flex Victory Team riders rely on their must-have Vita Flex® performance products to provide them with the extra advantage that makes victory in the show ring possible. Vita Flex® products are researched and tested by equine nutritionists and veterinarians, and include top-quality antioxidants, electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, and topical solutions to help keep horses in optimum health. To learn more about the company’s line of premium products, visit www.vitaflex.com, call (800) 848–2359, or go to the official Facebook page.