Adrienne Lyle and Sharon McCuasker Awarded The Dressage Foundation's $25,000 Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prizes
RELEASE: January 25, 2013
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: Jenny Johnson for the Dressage Foundation
Adrienne Lyle (Mary Cornelius)
The $25,000 Prizes will be awarded during a special feature presentation at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby on Sunday, March 3rd, prior to the afternoon freestyle competition. Carol Lavell, founder of the Prize Fund, and members of The Dressage Foundation's Board of Directors will make the presentation.
Adrienne Lyle is based in Hailey, Idaho, where she is assistant trainer to Debbie McDonald at River Grove Farm. She started riding as a child, turned solely to dressage as a teen, and was selected to participate in The Dressage Foundation's 2005 Young Rider Olympic Dream Program trip. Adrienne has been riding Parry and Peggy Thomas' Wizard since 2007, becoming the Brentina Cup Champions in 2008. The team continued to climb the High Performance ranks, culminating in securing the individual rider spot for the U.S. at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Lyle plans to use the Prize funds to train with Klaus Balkenhol this summer in Germany, and to compete at several European CDIs, in order to continue her international dreams.
“I am so excited to have received this amazing Prize! I believe it is important to keep a presence at European competitions, to continue to challenge yourself and put yourself up against the best. I am so thankful to have this opportunity, thanks to the Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize, and I know I will make the most of every minute over there,” said Adrienne.
Sharon McCusker (Swan Studios)
Sharon said, “I am thrilled to have received the Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize! The timing of this could not have been better for the development of Wrigley. Having the opportunity to train and compete in Europe with him in his first year at Grand Prix is fabulous. It will allow me to really get the best start possible for Wrigley with consistent top coaching and exposure to top class riding. He is my ‘once in a life time horse’ and this Prize will help me to bring him to his full potential. Thank you Carol Lavell and The Dressage Foundation for offering such a generous grant. I look forward to the training and to bringing back and sharing all that I garner during my time in Europe.”
Further details about The Dressage Foundation’s Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize can be found at www.dressagefoundation.org. The application deadline is December 13th of each year. For more information about The Dressage Foundation, please contact Jenny Johnson at (402) 434-8585 or visit our website.
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