Helix and Adrienne Lyle Win the Galati Yacht Sales CDI4* FEI Grand Prix Special at TerraNova Equestrian Center

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Adrienne Lyle and Helix (Apache × Jazz), owned by Zen Elite Equestrian Center & Heidi Humphries, laid down a stellar test to win the Galati Yacht Sales CDI4* FEI Grand Prix Special with a score of 73.979%. Photo by Susan Stickle Photography.

Ashley Holzer and Hansel finished second

Edited Press Release

Myakka City, FL- Adrienne Lyle and Helix (Apache × Jazz), owned by Zen Elite Equestrian Center & Heidi Humphries, took their second victory lap at TerraNova Equestrian Center after securing the win in Saturday’s Galati Yacht Sales CDI4* FEI Grand Prix Special with a score of 73.979%.

Yesterday, the pair topped the leaderboard with a 72.021% in the CDI4* FEI Grand Prix presented by Laughlin Tanner Group at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

“I am thrilled with Helix today in the Grand Prix Special. That was our first special together, and he is just super fun to ride in that test,” Lyle said. “He has really powerful extensions and a great ability to come back and collect. He was very focused and tried really hard today.”

Without a day between to make adjustments, Lyle reflected upon yesterday’s ride to prepare for this afternoon’s test. “Having the two days back-to-back, there wasn’t a lot of time to do anything in between; so this morning, he just went out for an easy stretch in the arena,” Lyle said. “We practiced a few of the transitions from the special since we haven’t had a chance to run through this yet. We just relied on the fact that we can trust him, and he’s a good boy.”

Lyle’s longtime coach, Debbie McDonald, stood by the arena and seemingly rode every stride with Lyle throughout the test. “[Helix] is super elastic,” McDonald said. “The range of motion he has- the ability to do the piaffe and passage in such a way that there’s never a mistake in the rhythm at all from one to the other. The extensions are big and powerful. I don’t think the horse has a hole. He’s 100% good in everything, it’s just a very new partnership. For what she’s done already in just two months blows my mind.”

With Lyle on the heels of a potential third appearance at the Olympic Games, McDonald feels emotional to see her student continue to succeed. “I cry a lot. At this point, she’s like a child to me- I know I can’t be her mother-” McDonald laughed, “but I take so much pleasure in watching her in every single aspect of her career, being a professional. It’s amazing to me what she’s been able to accomplish.”

Hear from Adrienne Lyle and her coach, Debbie McDonald