Co Down’s dressage rider Abigail Lyle recorded yet another impressive result on the international stage. Riding the 12-year-old gelding Farrell, owned by Fenella Quinn, she scored 68.413% in the CDI4* Grand Prix at Royal Windsor yesterday, Wednesday 10th of May.
Currently based in Wiltshire, England, Lyle has gone from strength to strength in recent years, making her senior team debut at the FEI World Dressage Championship in Herning last year and recording a personal best in the CDI5* in Olympia, London last year. Currently training under the watchful eye of legendary British Olympian Carl Hester, Lyle continues on her upward trajectory.
Lyle has received some much-deserved attention for her recent success. She is a Northern Ireland Sport athlete award recipient and as recently-crowned The Irish Field Senior Dressage Rider of the Year for 2022, Lyle has her sights set high.
With the FEI Senior Dressage European Championship taking place in Riesenbeck, Germany this September, Irish riders travelled to Royal Windsor in the hope of getting the first of two minimum eligibility requirement scores for the championship. Both Kevin Acres and Anne-Marie Rawlins were successful in gaining these all-important qualifying scores.
Riding Ganesh, a 12-year-old gelding owned by Con McCarthy, Acres scored 66.761% to finish in 10th place. Anne-Marie Rawlins and the 12-year-old Westphalian gelding Etoile, owned by her father Dane and Greg Powell, scored 66.261% for 11th.
Victory in the Grand Prix went to British dressage sensation Charlotte Dujardin. Making her international comeback following the birth of her daughter in early March, Dujardin returned to her winning ways partnering Imhotep to victory on a score of 77.261%.
Abigail Lyle pictured at the FEI World Dressage Championship in Herning 2022