Collecting Thoughts with Adrienne Lyle

Adrienne’s love of horses started early in life, on her family farm on Whidbey Island, WA. Originally introduced to dressage through three-day eventing, Adrienne decided to focus solely on dressage in her early teens. She eventually went on to seek training as Debbie McDonald’s working student, and has since been working with Debbie for the past 12 years. Adrienne and Debbie have partnered together to run their training business, River Grove Equestrian, LLC. With Debbie by her side, she has dazzled in the dressage ring, including representing the U.S. in the 2012 London Olympics and the 2014 and 2018 World Equestrian Games. Among her many accolades last year, Adrienne took home first place in the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special in the Wellington CDI-W during the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF), first place in the Grand Prix Special at the Wellington CDI5* at AGDF, and Individual and Team Gold Medalist at the Wellington CDIO Nations Cup on Salvino.

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Name: Adrienne Lyle
Age: 33
Business: Dressage Trainer at River Grove Equestrian, LLC


If you could have a super power, what would it be? Teleporting! Of course my horses would have to be able to teleport too.

What famous horse would I love to ride? Totilas.

What is the last thing you binge watched? The Handmaid’s Tale—SO GOOD!

What is an interesting fact about you? I am a registered member of the Cherokee Nation.

Who is your equestrian idol? I have a few—Carl Hester, Klaus Balkenhol, and Debbie McDonald.

What is the first thing you do when you get home after a long day? Put some music on and lay down on the bed—fully dressed—and just relax and listen to a few songs.

If you weren’t in the horse industry what would you be doing? I’d be a hiking guide or working for the forest service doing something where I get to be outside in the mountains.

What song/band do you love to have on repeat? I’m a big Grateful Dead fan. I can always listen to them.

Do you have any lucky charms? I don’t have any lucky charms, but I always travel with a “Zen” book in my rolling trunk in case I need to take a minute and center myself and get perspective on the universe again.

What is your favorite horse movie? Seabiscuit.

What is on your riding bucket list? I would love to ride in a World Cup Final.

What is your guilty pleasure? Lemon Drop Martinis.

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