State Links To London Olympics: Equestrian


by Sportspress Northwest Staff


Posted on July 30, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Sportspress Northwest offers another in a series of biographical sketches of athletes with significant ties to Washington who are in the Olympic Games.

The late Amy Tryon of Duvall was the most recent equestrian athlete to win an Olympic medal, a bronze in 2004. Washington has Adrienne Lyle in London.


BORN: Jan . 2, 1985, Coupeville. RESIDENCE: Ketchum, ID. SPORT: Equestrian. EVENT: Dressage. COUNTRY: USA. HOW SELECTED: Through competition at the 2012 USEF Dressage Festival of Champions. STATE CONNECTION: Bellevue High School, Washington State University.

Born and raised on a small cattle ranch on Whidbey Island, Lyle began working with Debbie McDonald, whose successful career was highlighted by a bronze medal in team dressage in 2005, a year after the Athens Games. Lyle came into prominence in 2008 when she and Wizard, a dark brown Oldenburg gelding, won the Brentina Cup and National Intermediate I championship.

The pair also won the freestyle at the 2009 Collecting Gaits/USEF Dressage Festival of Champion, and in 2010 the pair finished in the top 15 at the CDI Hagen. In 2011, the pair had a stretch of three consecutive Grand Prix victories in Saugerties, NY and Devon, PA.

Lylet became interested in horseback riding at a young age riding on trails. As a teen, Lyle became active with a local pony club, where she competed in eventing before switching to dressage. She was part of teams that medaled at the 2002 North American Junior Dressage Championships and the 2004 North American Young Rider's Championships.

At 27, Lyle is very young for a sport that frequently produces Olympians double her age.

PERSONAL: Adrienne’s father, Greg, is an investment advisor and attorney, while her mother Ann is a pediatrician . . . She has one older brother, Andrew, and is also a registered member of the Cherokee nation.EQUESTRIAN MEDALS BY WASHINGTONIANSGOLD: None. SILVER: None. BRONZE: Amy Tryon, 2004 Athens (mixed three-day event, team).Olympic QualifiersAthletes with connections to the state who have qualified (or been selected) for the 2012 Games.

AthleteSportGms. #CountryState Connection
Nathan AdrianSwimming2USABremerton native
Scott BaynesBasketball1AustraliaWSU grad
Sue BirdBasketball3USASeattle Storm guard
Kim ButlerBasketball1G. BritainBellarmine Prep
Dave CalderRowing4CanadaUniversity of Washington
Will CrothersRowing1CanadaUniversity of Washington
Tyler FarrarCycling1USAWenatchee native
Amanda FurrerShooting1USAMead High, Spokane
Scott GaultRowing2USAUniversity of Washington
Rob GibsonRowing1CanadaUniversity of Washington
Lauren JacksonBasketball4AustraliaSeattle Storm forward
Anthony JacobRowing1CanadaUniversity of Washington
Ebba JungmarkTrack2SwedenWSU grad
Seth KelseyFencing3CanadaBrush Prairie
Ariana KukorsSwimming1USAAuburn Mountainview
Meagan KalmoeRowing2USAUniversity of Washington
Bernard LagatTrack4USAWashington State University
Giuseppe LanzoneRowing2USAUniversity of Washington
Amy LePeilbetSoccer1USASpokane native
Adrienne LyleEquestrian1USAUniversity of Washington
Adrienne MartelliRowing1USAUniversity of Washington
Arielle MartinCycling1USASpanaway native
Conlin McCabeRowing1CanadaUniversity of Washington
Tamari MiyashiroVolleyball1USAUniversity of Washington
Haley NemraTrack2Marshall Is.Marys.-Pilchuck
Brett NewlinRowing2USAUniversity of Washington
Kara PattersonTrack2USASeattle native
Jennie ReedCycling3USASeattle native
Jarred RomeTrack2USAMarysv.- Pilchuck High
Janine SandellVolleyball1Great BritainUniversity of Washington
Hope SoloSoccer2USAUniversity of Washington
Travis StevensJudo2USABellevue native
Courtney ThompsonVolleyball1USAUniversity of Washington
Queen UnderwoodBoxing1USASeattle resident
Eric UptagrafftShooting1USASpokane resident
Tejay van GarderenCycling1USATacoma native
Brad WalkerTrack2USAUniversity of Washington
Mary WhippleRowing3USAUniversity of Washington

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