Whidbey equestrian Adrienne Lyle is returning from Tokyo as an Olympic medalist.
Lyle, her horse Salvino and their U.S. dressage teammates won the silver medal in the Grand Prix Special team competition. Dressage is an equestrian sport with roots in old military horse training.
Lyle and Salvino, a 14-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Betsy Juliano, were the first Team USA members to perform. According to a U.S. Dressage press release, they “executed a mistake-free test, giving momentum to the team” and earned a score of 76.109 percent.
Unfortunately, the pair had to withdraw from the Grand Prix Freestyle individual competitions to protect Salvino’s health. According to another U.S. Dressage press release, the horse did not feel like his usual self on the morning of the competition.
Lyle did not respond to News-Times’s request for comment by press time, but her father, Gregory Lyle, said he was sure the athlete was disappointed about the withdrawal.
Adrienne Lyle was born in Coupeville and grew up in Maxwelton in South Whidbey, where she first learned horseback riding and became involved in equestrian sports.
The medal-winning equestrian now lives in Florida but will be returning to Whidbey Island for her wedding next month.