U.S. Olympic team silver medal winning pair Adrienne Lyle and Salvino will not be making a run for a ticket to the 2023 World Cup Finals on home turf in Omaha, USA. The horse is sidelined due to an injury.
Aiming for Omaha
After the 2022 World Championships in Herning, Lyle and Salvino had their target set for the 2023 World Cup Finals.
They won the World Cup qualifiers in December (85.015% kur score) and January (83.540% kur score) in Wellington, but had to pull out from the February one due to a colic scare. Next week the final North American league CDI-W would take place during the Palm Beach Derby, where Lyle would need to collect her final points for a ticket to Omaha.
Today, Lyle announced her withdrawal from the Derby.
"In an unfortunate turn of events, we announce that our world cup bid has come to an end. Salvino has been doing great in his training and we were entered and ready to go for next week’s CDI-W. However, when we took him out of his stall we noticed a lump on the inside of his leg that was not normally there. Upon veterinary evaluation it was discovered that he had popped a small splint," Lyle stated.
"Betsy (Juliano, the owner), Debbie (McDonald, US team trainer), and myself conferred and all agree that of course his welfare always come first and he will not be pushed to do next week’s competition. Although a very minor injury, it will need time to rest and recover and with only only World Cup qualifier left this season, it simply wasn’t meant to be for us," Lyle continued;
The 16-year old Hanoverian stallion (by Sandro Hit x Donnerhall) was sourced by Jochen Arl in Spain and sold to a syndicate led by Akiko Yamazaki as a new hopeful for Adrienne Lyle in the spring of 2015.
At the start of 2018 Betsy Juliano obtained full ownership of the stallion. The pair won team silver at the 2018 World Equestrian Games and at 2021 Olympics. At the 2019 World Cup Finals in Gothenburg they were 7th. At last summer's 2022 World Championships, team U.S.A was sixth and individually Salvino finished 6th in the freestyle.
"We will always treasure our memories of competing at the World Cup in Sweden in 2019, and we wish all of our fellow US riders the best of luck on their last qualifying competitions and on to the World Cup," said Adrienn. "It will be a very special event this year, having it on our home soil!"
Photos © Astrid Appels - Dirk Caremans