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Adrienne Lyle and Chris Von Martels Dominate CDI4* Grand Prix Competition at Tryon Spring Dressage 1

Mill Spring, NC – April 26, 2021 – Adrienne Lyle (USA) and Salvino pro- duced a score of 77.913% and claimed the FEI Grand Prix CDI 4* at Tryon Inter- national Equestrian Center and Resort (TIEC) to open Tryon Spring Dressage 1 CDI 4* competition and the 2021 Dressage season at the venue. The week also served at the first CDI 4* competition hosted at TIEC, and is the first such compe- tition hosted in the United States outside of Welling- ton, Florida, in the past five years. In reserve, Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (USA) and Rassing’s Lonoir, a 2004 Danish Warmblood gelding (De Noir x Lorani x Loran) owned in partnership with Mary Anne McPhail, danced to a score of 73.261% to earn second place honors, while Chris von Martels (CAN) and Eclips, the 2009 Dutch Warmblood


(Apache x Kebora x Olympic Ferro) owned in partnership with Barbara Soederhuizen, claimed the remaining podium spot with a third-place score of 70.522%. Lyle, who most re-

cently combined with the 2007 Hanoverian stallion (Sandro Hit x Dynastie x Donnerhall) owned by Ju- liano LLC to win both the FEI Grand Prix CDI 4* and Grand Prix Special CDI 4* this month in Wellington, continued her winning streak Friday in Tryon Sta- dium.

“I’m happy with him

overall. He was a little bit distracted going in today. I think quite a few of them were, which is one of the reasons it’s good to change our show venue,” Lyle de- tailed, returning to TIEC as a competitor for the first time since the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018. “Everyone shows a

Adrienne Lyle and Salvino. Photo by Sharon Packer.

lot at the same place, and the weather here is dramatically cooler than what we’ve used to by about 60 degrees, so I think the horses have been really fresh these last two

days. Getting their brains back in the game took a lit- tle bit of work, but he still pulled off a clean test. He’s so reliable that way in that regardless of what is going

on, he’ll be there and do what I ask of him.” Speaking to her cur-

rent winning streak at the CDI 4* level, Lyle empha- sized that she was still look-

ing ahead to Sunday’s Grand Prix Special while taking a minute to enjoy a win. “To win this is super, and we’re really thankful to get to be here, and it’s won- derful that [the show was upgraded to] a 4*. That’s great for us to have more opportunities like this here. Our sights are really set on the Special,” Lyle contin- ued. “That’s the big test for us, so of course we’re happy to have a good test today, but we’re not sitting on that, not resting on that, and we’re looking forward to Sunday because that’s the one that really counts for us.”

After coaching last

fall at TIEC, Lyle is grateful to be back in the irons as a competitor, noting how for- tunate it is that competition is able to safely continue. “It’s great to be back. This is absolutely one of my fa- vorite venues in the world to show at, and I always love

being up here in these beau- tiful mountains. Like al- ways, we’re so thankful to be able to be doing this right now when so much of the world is locked down, so we thank everyone who makes that possible.” On Sunday, a strong

Canadian presence in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 4* in Tryon Stadium resulted in a win for Chris von Martels (CAN) and Eclips, earning a 79.095%. Narrowly behind with a 79.025%, Lindsay Kellock (CAN) and Sebastien, the 2006 Rheinlander gelding (Sandro Hit x Feine Dame Good Hope’s x Fidermark) Kellock owns with Enter- prise Farm Equestrian LLC, claimed reserve. Julio Men- doza Loor (ECU) danced to third and a score of 73.115% with Rosali, the 2005 Dan- ish Warmblood mare (Blue Hors Romanov x Mosegår- dens Ratina x Ragazzo)

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Washington International Horse Show presented by MARS Equestrian™ Returns to Tryon International Equestrian Center Oct. 26-31

WASHINGTON — The 63rd Annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) presented by MARS Eques- trian™ will be held Oct. 26-31, 2021, at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), in Mill Spring, N.C., featuring the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington CSI4*-W for the Presi- dent’s Cup, and a complete schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation events, the WIHS Board of Directors announced today.

Traditionally held in Washington,

D.C., WIHS had to make other plans in 2020 when Capital One Arena, the show’s home since 2000, was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The solu- tion came when TIEC, a world-class venue with a proven history of hosting top-quality events, offered WIHS a tem- porary outdoor home to hold the WIHS Championship and Finals classes and the President’s Cup Grand Prix. “Our horse show in the city found

a wonderful temporary home in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina thanks to a great partnership with Tryon,” said Vicki Lowell, WIHS Pres- ident since 2013. “WIHS was able to keep treasured traditions alive while en- suring competition would be as safe as possible for exhibitors, and partners could feel secure in their continued sup- port of WIHS.”

with a D.C. twist in October,” said Low- ell.

WIHS will offer its complete

schedule of hunter, jumper and equi- tation divisions, the World Cup Quali- fier, and amenities unique to WIHS. A new Medium Junior Amateur Jumper Division will be added as well as classes for Child and Adult hunter and jumper competitors. Plus, additional FEI riders will be accepted to compete in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington CSI4*.

Winston-Salem, N.C., rode Clever to win the $10,000 WIHS Children’s Hunter Championship. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

In WIHS 2020’s inaugural class at Tryon, Margaret Stell, 17, of Though the heart and history of

WIHS remains in the D.C. community, given the continued COVID-19 uncer- tainty and strict D.C. reopening policies for events, WIHS will return to the safe, horse- and rider-friendly TIEC before planning a return to a venue in the Wash-

ington, D.C., area in 2022. “This year, we’re embracing our

history and traditions to re-create a WIHS experience at Tryon and expand beyond what we did last year. We’ll be welcoming our exhibitors and sponsors to an exciting and competitive show

2021 WIHS Competition at TIEC • Hunter: Professional, Junior, Amateur and Pony Hunter Divisions • Jumper: FEI, Junior and Amateur Di- visions, a new Medium Junior Amateur Jumper Division, and the Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM Washington CSI4*-W for the President’s Cup • Equitation: WIHS Equitation and Pony Equitation Finals • WIHS Children’s and Adult Hunter and Jumper Championships

2021 WIHS Regional Horse Show & USHJA Zone 3 Championship Following a highly successful

event last year, the WIHS Regional Horse Show & USHJA Zone 3 Champi- onship will return to Morven Park Inter- national Equestrian Center in Leesburg,

Va., October 21-24, and continue to offer a wide range of hunter and jumper classes in a picturesque and historic set- ting.

Look for detailed class schedules

and updates for exhibitors, families and spectators, COVID-19 guidelines and hospitality for both WIHS at TIEC and WIHS Regional at Morven Park coming soon.

Tryon proved perfect for Todd

Minikus, of Loxahatchee, Fla., and Amex Z, who topped a field of 50 to win the $214,000 WIHS President’s Cup Grand Prix CSI4* presented by MARS Equestrian™. Photo by Jump Media

About Washington International Horse Show Established in 1958, the Washing-

ton International Horse Show is one of North America’s most prestigious and entertaining equestrian events with com- petition for professionals, amateurs, jun- iors and children. Highlights include the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington for the President’s Cup and the WIHS Equitation Finals plus com- munity and charity events. WIHS, an of- ficial USEF Heritage Competition, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organiza- tion. For more information, visit

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