Born: January 2, 1985
Hometown: Ketchum, Idaho
Lyle and Wizard at the 2009 FEI World Cup Finals. (Photo by Shannon Brinkman)
Lyle was born and raised on a small cattle ranch in Whidbey Island, WA. Growing up, she was active in the local Pony Club and competed in eventing before focusing solely on dressage. She was a member of medal-winning teams at the 2002 North American Junior Dressage Team Championships and the 2004 North American Young Rider’s Championships.
During the summer of 2005, Lyle began working with Debbie McDonald as a working student and has since become assistant trainer for the Thomas family at River Grove Farm.
Lyle and Wizard have been forming a solid partnership over recent years. Wizard was imported from Holland as a five-year-old by the Thomas family; McDonald rode Wizard originally before Lyle took over the ride in 2006. The pair competed at the Intermediaire I level their first year together and by 2008 they clinched the USEF Young
Adult “Brentina Cup” Dressage Championship. In their first National Grand Prix Championship at the 2009 Collecting Gaits/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions, Lyle and Wizard made a statement by winning the Freestyle.
In February of 2010, Lyle swept the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special with Felix and the Grand Prix Freestyle with Wizard at the CDI3* in Thermal.
Lyle spent the early part of the summer of 2010 training and competing with Wizard in Germany. The pair finished in the top 15 at the CDI Hagen and continued to gain experience at the CDI Munchen Reim. While in Germany, Lyle spent two weeks training with legendary dressage rider and coach Klaus Balkenhol.
Lyle and Wizard had a successful year in 2011. At the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Region 8 Dressage Championships, the pair won the Grand Prix Freestyle and finished third in the Grand Prix Test. Lyle and Wizard finished out the year by winning both the Grand Prix Test and the Grand Prix Freestyle at Dressage at Devon.
Lyle has spent the first half of 2012 cruising to strong results on the East Coast. At the World Dressage Masters Palm Beach CDI4* presented by International Polo Club Palm Beach, Lyle and Wizard won the Grand Prix Special and finished fourth in the Grand Prix Freestyle. The pair took top honors at the 5* West Palm Beach in both the Grand Prix Test and the Grand Prix Freestyle. At the 2012 USEF Dressage Festival of Champions and Selection Trials for the U.S. Dressage Team in June, Lyle and Wizard finished fourth overall after four rounds with a combined total of 72.558%. Later that summer, they travled to the United Kingdom to participate in the 2012 London Olympic Games.