Whidbey Island native wins Olympic equestrian spot

Whidbey Island native wins Olympic equestrian spot

Credit: US Equestrian Foundation

Adrienne Lyle and Wizard

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by TRAVIS PITTMAN / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 19 at 8:22 PM

A Whidbey Island, Wash., native with a love of horses has just been named to the U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team.

Adrienne Lyle and her horse, Wizard, are one of four rider-horse combinations who will compete for the U.S. Lyle will compete as an individual in the Dressage event.

Steffen Peters, Tina Konyot and Jan Eberling will participate in team Dressage.

Lyle has spent much of her time in Idaho, where Wizard’s owner is from. She’ll be training in New Jersey until the U.S. team and their horses leave for London the first week of July.

Lyle began her career as a horse trainer six years ago when her parents, Greg and Anne Lyle, bought a condominium in Ketchum, Idaho. Idaho Olympian Debbie McDonald started training Adrienne and Wizard, at River Grove Farm in 2006.

Last October, the 26-year-old and Wizard, a 12-year-old Oldenburg Gelding, won both the highlight Grand Prix Freestyle and Grand Prix events in Devon, Pa.

Adrienne grew up on Whidby Island before going to college for business management and pre-med animal science. She now works full-time training horses and teaching in Ketchum.

This will mark the third straight Olympics a rider from Western Washington will be competing. Amy Tryon of Duvall won a bronze medal at the 2004 Games in Athens and was part of the 2008 team in Beijing. The 42-year-old died in April. The King County Medical Examiner announced Tuesday Tryon died of an "acute combined opiate" overdose.

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