Whidbey Island rider won't advance to dressage medal round

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Posted on August 3, 2012 at 10:21 AM

LONDON -- Despite a controlled performance with 'Wizard' on Friday, Whidbey Island Equestrian athlete Adrienne Lyle will not move to the event's Grand Prix Special scheduled for Tuesday.

Lyle -- a Coupleville, Wash. native who trains and rides in Ketchum, Idaho -- posted a score of 69.468 during the event, earning a rank of 32nd out of a field of 46 riders.

She earned points by guiding Wizard through a routine of tests that included 33 'sections' performed without music in a large arena.

Though Lyle's score did approach the 70-point (a benchmark for an excellent performance), she did not rank among the top three Americans in Friday's Grand Prix, and will not advance to the medal round Grand Prix Special.

Rider Steffen Peters scored Friday's highest marks for the American team, posting a score of 77.705. American riders Tina Konyot and Jan Ebeling also outscored Lyle, and will also advance to the medal round.

That's not to say Lyle had a poor performance.

The 27-year-old Washington native smiled and patted Wizard upon conclusion of her six-minute routine. Lyle was cheered-on before and after the ride by teammates, and famous coach Debbie McDonald -- herself a famous Idaho Olympian.

Three years ago Adrienne Lyle was not even in the conversation for being a top American dressage rider. And the Olympics? Forget about it. But Lyle surged into 2010 aboard Wizard, and instantly made her name known. At 27-years-old, Lyle is still very young for a sport that frequently produces Olympians double her age.

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 her horse, 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 near Seattle before going to college for business management and pre-med animal science. She now works full-time training horses and teaching in Ketchum.

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