Custom Saddlery Sees a New “Horizon” and Recognizes Adrienne Lyle with Most Valuable Rider Award Adequan Global Dressage Festival Week Ten
Wellington, Florida — When international dressage rider Adrienne Lyle looks to the “horizon,” she’s actually looking at her dressage horse, Horizon. Owned by Elizabeth Juliano, Horizon (Hotline x Revue, Don Schufro) is an 11-year-old Oldenburg mare who has been consistently moving up the dressage ladder, winning the Developing Prix St. Georges at the Developing Horse National Championships in 2016 and the Intermediate I championship in 2017.
At the 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, the team recently competed in their first Grand Prix CDI in Wellington, Florida. “This is her first season at the Grand Prix level,” said Adrienne. “We’ve done several National shows and she’s been fantastic at all of it. We decided to step it up and try her in the big ring.”
Adrienne and Horizon showed that they are definitely ready to play with the “big boys” when Custom Saddlery presented Adrienne with its Most Valuable Rider (MVR) Award for week ten of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Now in its sixth season of support at the competition, the Custom Saddlery Most Valuable Rider Award is presented to riders who not only deliver outstanding competitive results but do so while exhibiting those intangible qualities of great horsemanship and sportsmanship.
The Custom Saddlery MVR Award winner is recognized with a commemorative ribbon, branded black and white Custom Saddle cover and $150 gift certificate good toward the purchase of a saddle crafted by the noted tailors of dressage equipment.
After her third place finish with a score of 71.109 percent, Adrienne discussed her plans for Horizon. “We really have no definite goals since this is her first season. We just want to see what she does and let her dictate when she’s ready to move up. Right now we’re mostly giving her a pleasant first season experience and building her confidence.” Adrienne added, “But I do hope to take her to Europe this summer and compete with her there.”
Asking Adrienne what her favorite things about Horizon are is like asking for a list of the best tributes for a dressage horse. “She has an incredible work ethic. She tries her guts out every day. She never says ‘no’ and she never comes to work tired,” shared Adrienne.
Originally from Washington State where she grew up on a cattle farm, Adrienne joined Pony Club at age seven. She started competing in dressage at age 13. Adrienne visited River Grove Farm in Hailey, Idaho to watch a horse show and it was a life-changing moment. In the summer of 2005, she moved to River Grove Farm and worked with Debbie McDonald. In 2012, Adrienne was selected to compete as part of the 2012 London Olympic Dressage Team. To see more watch this video.
Custom Saddlery, of Aiken, South Carolina, has a convenient service center on-site at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival where its top-notch saddle fitters are available to assure optimum comfort for horses and their riders from a catalog of more than 30 innovative saddle models and limitless customizable options. As seasoned underwriters serving the international dressage world, Custom currently offers 10 choices in unique saddle trees to assure competitors at all levels comfort and stability in their seat and legs through correct fit, knee roll options, perfectly-balanced panels, and self-adjusting "V" billet-and-point straps.
Custom Saddlery also offers saddle-fitting services through European branches in Holland and the United Kingdom, as well as in the United States and venues like Wellington. Learn more at mysaddle.com or call (800) 235-3865.
Photo: Adrienne Lyle with Horizon receives the Custom Saddlery Most Valuable Rider Award during week ten of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival
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