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Prix Special, second in the CDIO5* Grand Prix, and third
in the CDIO5* Grand Prix Freestyle . The pair dominated
the CDIO5* at Rotterdam, placing first in the Grand Prix
Special, Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle .
Lyle grew up on a cattle farm in Washington State and
later blossomed as a competitive dressage rider under
the guidance of Debbie McDonald . In 2005, Lyle began
working for McDonald at the Thomas' River Grove
Farm and was selected for the United States Dressage
Foundation's "Young Rider Olympic Dream" program .
In 2008, Lyle was Brentina Cup Champion at the USEF
National Championships aboard Wizard . Her partnership
with the 1999 Oldenburg gelding (Weltmeyer x Pica x
Classiker), blossomed into a successful career, taking the
duo to the 2012 London Olympic Games as members of
the United States Dressage Team .
In 2002, Graves purchased Diddy, a six-month-old
weanling from Holland, solely after viewing the horse
on videotape . When the horse arrived in America, he
proved himself talented, as well as incredibly sensitive .
After several failed attempts to sell the unruly horse,
Graves decided that the only one that could help Diddy
reach his true potential was herself, and although
Verdades tested her patience many times over, Graves
maintained her ground .
After retiring the gelding in 2014, Lyle took a break from
the international ring to focus on the training of new
mount, Salvino who was purchased for the Olympian
in 2015 . During the winter of 2017 Lyle and the 2007
Hanoverian stallion (Sandro Hit x Dynastie x Donnerhall)
made their International Grand Prix debut at the
Adequan® Global Dressage Festival .
After reaching out to several of the United States
Dressage Team coaches, Debbie McDonald offered
to coach Graves and Verdades . From there, the pair
thrived, and it took the duo only 12 months to rise to the
top of the FEI world dressage rankings list .
Now ranked third on the FEI World Individual Dressage
List, Graves represented the United States Dressage
Team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, where she
received a team Bronze Medal, as well as placing fourth
place individually . Graves and her mount Verdades were
also 2017 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Silver medalists,
and 2015 Toronto Pan American Games Gold and Silver
Coming off of a successful 2017 Adequan® Global
Dressage Festival season, Graves and Verdades went on
to compete in Aachen, placing first in the CDIO5* Grand
2018 ADEQUAN® GLOBAL DRESSAGE FESTIVAL