BY SPNW Staff 11:13AM 07/29/2012

State Links To London Olympics: Equestrian

Adrienne Lyle, a graduate of Bellevue High School and Washington State, is the lone equestrian athlete with ties to Washington at the Olympics.

Adrienne Lyle, a Whidbey Island native, will represent the United States in the Summer Olympics in London. / Dressage News photo

Sportspress Northwest offers another in a series of biographical sketches of athletes with significant ties to Washington who are in the Olympic Games.

The late Amy Tryon of Duvall was the most recent equestrian athlete to win an Olympic medal, a bronze in 2004. Washington has Adrienne Lyle in London.


ADRIENNE LYLE / Bellevue High, WSU

Adrienne Lyle

BORN: Jan . 2, 1985, Coupeville. RESIDENCE: Ketchum, ID. SPORT: Equestrian. EVENT: Dressage. COUNTRY: USA. HOW SELECTED: Through competition at the 2012 USEF Dressage Festival of Champions. STATE CONNECTION: Bellevue High School, Washington State University.

Born and raised on a small cattle ranch on Whidbey Island, Lyle began working with Debbie McDonald, whose successful career was highlighted by a bronze medal in team dressage in 2005, a year after the Athens Games. Lyle came into prominence in 2008 when she and Wizard, a dark brown Oldenburg gelding, won the Brentina Cup and National Intermediate I championship.

The pair also won the freestyle at the 2009 Collecting Gaits/USEF Dressage Festival of Champion, and in 2010 the pair finished in the top 15 at the CDI Hagen. In 2011, the pair had a stretch of three consecutive Grand Prix victories in Saugerties, NY and Devon, PA.

Lylet became interested in horseback riding at a young age riding on trails.¬†As a teen, Lyle became active with a local pony club, where she competed in eventing before switching to dressage. She was part of teams that medaled at the 2002 North American Junior Dressage Championships and the 2004 North American Young Rider’s Championships.

At 27, Lyle is very young for a sport that frequently produces Olympians double her age.

PERSONAL: Adrienne’s father, Greg, is an investment advisor and attorney, while her mother Ann is a pediatrician . . . She has one older brother, Andrew, and is also a registered member of the Cherokee nation.


GOLD: None. SILVER: None. BRONZE: Amy Tryon, 2004 Athens (mixed three-day event, team).

Olympic Qualifiers

Athletes with connections to the state who have qualified (or been selected) for the 2012 Games.

Athlete Sport Gms. # Country State Connection
Nathan Adrian Swimming 2 USA Bremerton native
Scott Baynes Basketball 1 Australia WSU grad
Sue Bird Basketball 3 USA Seattle Storm guard
Kim Butler Basketball 1 G. Britain Bellarmine Prep
Dave Calder Rowing 4 Canada University of Washington
Will Crothers Rowing 1 Canada University of Washington
Tyler Farrar Cycling 1 USA Wenatchee native
Amanda Furrer Shooting 1 USA Mead High, Spokane
Scott Gault Rowing 2 USA University of Washington
Rob Gibson Rowing 1 Canada University of Washington
Lauren Jackson Basketball 4 Australia Seattle Storm forward
Anthony Jacob Rowing 1 Canada University of Washington
Ebba Jungmark Track 2 Sweden WSU grad
Seth Kelsey Fencing 3 Canada Brush Prairie
Ariana Kukors Swimming 1 USA Auburn Mountainview
Meagan Kalmoe Rowing 2 USA University of Washington
Bernard Lagat Track 4 USA Washington State University
Giuseppe Lanzone Rowing 2 USA University of Washington
Amy LePeilbet Soccer 1 USA Spokane native
Adrienne Lyle Equestrian 1 USA University of Washington
Adrienne Martelli Rowing 1 USA University of Washington
Arielle Martin Cycling 1 USA Spanaway native
Conlin McCabe Rowing 1 Canada University of Washington
Tamari Miyashiro Volleyball 1 USA University of Washington
Haley Nemra Track 2 Marshall Is. Marys.-Pilchuck
Brett Newlin Rowing 2 USA University of Washington
Kara Patterson Track 2 USA Seattle native
Jennie Reed Cycling 3 USA Seattle native
Jarred Rome Track 2 USA Marysv.- Pilchuck High
Janine Sandell Volleyball 1 Great Britain University of Washington
Hope Solo Soccer 2 USA University of Washington
Travis Stevens Judo 2 USA Bellevue native
Courtney Thompson Volleyball 1 USA University of Washington
Aretha Thurmond Track 4 USA University of Washington
Queen Underwood Boxing 1 USA Seattle resident
Eric Uptagrafft Shooting 1 USA Spokane resident
Tejay van Garderen Cycling 1 USA Tacoma native
Brad Walker Track 2 USA University of Washington
Mary Whipple Rowing 3 USA University of Washington


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