Helix and Adrienne Lyle are Victorious in Friday’s CDI4* FEI Grand Prix presented by Laughlin Tanner Group at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

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Adrienne Lyle and Helix (Apache × Jazz), owned by Zen Elite Equestrian Center & Heidi Humphries, achieved their highest grand prix score of 72.021% in Friday's CDI4* FEI Grand Prix presented by Laughlin Tanner Group at Premier Sotheby's International Realty. Photo by Susan Stickle Photography.

Ashley Holzer and Hansel finished second

Edited Press Release

Myakka City, FL- Two-time Olympian and Olympic silver-medalist, Adrienne Lyle, made her first trip to TerraNova a memorable one. On day one of competition at TerraNova Dressage I, a CDI4* at TerraNova Equestrian Center, Lyle competed with Helix (Apache × Jazz), owned by Zen Elite Equestrian Center & Heidi Humphries. The pair achieved their highest grand prix score to date with a 72.021% in Friday’s CDI4* FEI Grand Prix presented by Laughlin Tanner Group at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty.

“I was really happy with Helix today in the Grand Prix. We are a very new partnership, so we had a few little missed transitions and communication errors- only because he’s a horse that tries so hard and maybe a little too hard in the moment- but it’s our highest score so far in the grand prix,” Lyle said.

Yesterday, Lyle announced the retirement of her beloved Tokyo 2020 mount, Salvino. “He’s far surpassed anything we ever hoped he’d achieve. I’m glad he gets to now enjoy an easy life, and he’s still the king, he’s still spoiled,” Lyle said. She is looking to the future as she grows her partnership with Helix, who she believes will be “unstoppable,” describing him as eager, talented, and happy.

As a new combination, Lyle and Helix are still getting to know one another, but they have a promising future ahead with a possible trip to Paris in the cards. Together, they are sitting in 6th on the ranking list for Team USA.

“I’m in the very fortunate position to have two grand prix horses owned by Zen Elite,” Lyle said, referring to both Helix and Lars van de Hoenderheide (Negro × Layout). “Our goals, as we are getting to know each other, would be to try to complete enough shows to be named to the Olympic selection short list. Just to have this opportunity, I feel extremely grateful.”

Though this marks her first visit to TerraNova, Lyle is already making plans to return to the venue. “TerraNova is an amazing facility. This is my first time here and I’m blown away by it. It is absolutely beautiful,” she said. “It is so relaxing and horse friendly. The horses are all loving it here. I feel very fortunate to have such a great facility in a place we can just haul to.”

Hear Adrienne Lyle reflect on her ride and map out her goals for the future.