Saturday, August 4, 2012

London Games - My ride is all said and done!

London Games - My ride is all said and done!

 Well, its finally all said and done! It was such a wonderful experience to be a part of, and although it was too bad that Wizard was such a nervous boy in the test, I was still so proud of him. He has taken me places I never thought I'd go.

I am so thankful, beyond anything words can ever express, for the support of Debbie, Bob, the Thomas family, and all those who have helped me along the journey!!

I know Debbie has given up so much in her life for me, and I truly appreciate every second of what she has helped me accomplish. It has been so much fun being a part of everything over here, and I can't wait to watch the rest of the competition and cheer on our team. Watching some of these horses go is truly awesome- Valegro's ride was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen! And of course Steffen and Ravel looked fabulous as always! And I know Wizard and I are both looking forward to finally coming home to beautiful River Grove Farm, and enjoying some down time, long trail rides, and fun!

(Summer's just getting started for me!)


Thank you again to all you wonderful supporters- we couldn't have done it without the support of all of you!

-Adrienne Lyle

Friday, August 3, 2012

NBC Olympics 2012 Day 2 Dressage

NBC Olympics 2012 Day 2 Dressage Check out My ride. Team, Individual Eventing: Dressage Day 2 Complete coverage of dressage Day 2 in team and individual eventing. The competition concludes about 11:30 a.m. (ET), when two-time gold medalist Mark Todd of New Zealand rides.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Hello again from London! - by Adrienne Lyle

Hello again from London! 

 As the final countdown approaches, the excitement is starting to ramp up. Originally, the whole US dressage squad had planed on going to compete at Hickstead this weekend. But unfortunately mother nature had other plans, and the relentless rains had completely flooded the show grounds and the stabling. So a meeting was called, and we came up with a plan B: we would hold our own mock horse show.

 We did everything just like a regular show: horses braided, people in full show attire, riding at a scheduled time, warm up inside then go down centerline in outside ring. And in the end, I think this was still tremendously beneficial. It is always good to have to put that pressure on yourself and figure out how to ride everything in that moment you are in the test, even of something doesn't feel just exactly how you would love it to in schooling. After a day of test riding we had video review in the evening.

TEAM WIZARD: Adrienne, Debbie, and Ruben
Wizard in a schooling session 
 We all watched and critiqued our tests in a group, with the other riders and our team coach, Anne Gribbons, (and of course Debbie there too to add another set of expert eyes on my rides). This was a great opportunity to go over every little thing in the test, and really tear it apart and analyze each step. Then we repeated to whole drill the next day. All the horses and riders are looking fabulous, and I think we are all ready to get this show on the road!

On Monday we head to London for "team processing", where we get our credentials and (yippee!!) our official Olympic gear!! Then it is back to Hadleigh for a few more days of training before we head down for the Opening Ceremonies on Friday!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Arrival in the UK - Adrienne Lyle Olympic Dressage Rider

Unloading Wizard and Rafalca in London

Wizard's Stall

Well, we made it across the big pond!  Everybody arrived safely and we are getting settled into our new routines.  The horses all arrived in excellent shape, and I think they are really enjoying the cool weather, after two weeks of near 100 degree heat and humidity in New Jersey. 

 Wizard is fresh and happy and was eager to get to work.  The first day was rest and recover from the trip, for both the horses and the riders.  Then we had a light day of long and low and stretching work, and today was our first real schooling session.   

Wizard feels fantastic and I can honestly say that I think he is going better than he ever has!   We are staying in the little countryside town of Hadleigh, about 2 hours north of London.  The barn we are staying at is Linda Keenan’s gorgeous “Layham Hall”. 

 It is a beautiful facility with great arenas, and miles and miles of scenic rolling hills adjoining it.  Wizard is thoroughly enjoying his post-work trail rides through the lush countryside here.

Fitness Bootcam

The riders and grooms are all staying at a charming bed and breakfast in town, I have been biking to and from the barn every day.  We have all been having a wonderful time together, with lots of fun dinners out and plenty of laughing going on. 

 Every afternoon we have rider fitness sessions, aka “bootcamp”, led by Steffen Peters.  It is not only great exercise, but also great fun and a good team building experience.  Everyone, even the grooms and veterinary staff, participates.  If nothing else, we are all laughing so hard the whole time that we get a good ab workout!  J

Anne Gribbons, our team coach, arrived yesterday and tomorrow we start official training sessions with her.  So far, we have been lucky enough to be able to ride outside every day, but the weather is supposed to turn a bit wetter here soon so we may be moving to the indoor for tomorrow’s training sessions.

Layham Courtyard

Outdoor Ring