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Taste-Tempting Comfort Food Served With Style At DeVine Bistro

Taste-Tempting Comfort Food Served With Style At DeVine Bistro

For a decade, DeVine Bistro has become more like a family gathering place for many diners who frequent this Wellington gem. Big on feeding people’s appetites for fine food, quaint seating and a welcoming atmosphere, it’s tucked away in a quiet plaza in front of the Mall at Wellington Green.

“When I opened this restaurant, I wanted it to be more ‘comfort food’ — and comfortable,” said Executive Chef Dave Palmateer, owner of DeVine Bistro.

Palmateer describes his cuisine as American Continental, with a familiar feel.

“I have family food,” he said. “That’s really what I was shooting for, because of my family. So, that’s why I’ll have beef stroganoff and meatloaf.”

While the food may be familiar, the presentation and ingredients are top notch. A labor of love is put into each dish.

All the meats are aged for 45 days, marinated in house and cooked once ordered. “I cut all my meats here,” Palmateer said. “So, when I cut fillet mignon, the tip and the tail of the fillet is used for the beef stroganoff.”

Palmateer attributes the bistro’s longevity to his family, including his two teenage sons, along with the restaurant’s longtime staff.

“We can really be consistent. That’s a huge thing for me, and that’s why I’ve been here so long,” he said. “It’s because of my employees. They’re the ones who get to interact with customers more than I can, because I’m actually working the line, and probably the only chef/owner in Wellington who’s on a station all night long. I work as sauté chef six nights a week.”

Family and horses brought Palmateer to Wellington. His daughter Ashley, who was six at the time, came to town daily from Jupiter for therapy sessions, including equine therapy. They fell in love with community and decided open the bistro here. “Ashley has autism,” Palmateer explained. “She is homeschooled by my wife, who also manages and closes the restaurant six nights a week.”

Sara Palmateer holds multiple roles at DeVine Bistro, including pastry chef.

“My wife does everything,” Palmateer said. “She does the staff, and she’s my pastry chef. Meantime, she’ll get me product, and then come home and start making pastries.”

Those popular pastries include her banana cream pie with a chocolate layered graham cracker crust and fresh banana chunks.

Among Palmateer’s creations are the popular pistachio-crusted salmon with sweet potatoes, as well as Guinness-braised short ribs.

“I let it glaze for three hours and put it over a mushroom bacon risotto. Those are my two best sellers,” he explained. “Everything’s fresh. Everything in this restaurant gets made here.”

Palmateer’s love of food, along with his work ethic, grew from his parents’ restaurant in upstate New York. The family of eight siblings spent half their time in New York, and half in Florida. His parents eventually opened a restaurant in North Palm Beach.

Other favorites include the meatloaf. “It’s my mother’s meatball recipe turned into my meatloaf, and I added sautéed mushrooms and caramelized onions,” he said. “Then, I have a shrimp and scallop risotto, which I make with a bacon and spinach risotto, a little pesto, then I sear shrimp and scallops and put it over the top.”

One of DeVine’s most beloved appetizers is the heirloom tomato bruschetta with Danish blue cheese. “I make a homemade focaccia bread, and I toast it with a little olive oil, adding wedges of heirloom tomatoes on it with pine nuts and Danish blue cheese with a lemon champagne over that with fresh basil. It looks beautiful,” Palmateer said.

There are many great options at the bar, too. Happy hour runs daily from 5 to 7 p.m. when everything is two-for-one. Sunday through Thursday, with an entrée, a guest can get a “bottomless” glass of house wine for just $6.

Many community regulars and local celebrities, as well as a number of equestrians, frequent DeVine Bistro.

The main dining room is filled with warm colors of golds and browns, along with inviting booths. A long black granite bar, with the kitchen in view, greets guests at the door. The bistro seats 150, including an outdoor patio. The restaurant serves as many as 300 to 400 people a night and is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday starting at 5 p.m.

Palmateer gives much credit to his experience at Café Chardonnay in Palm Beach Gardens. He later opened Off the Vine Bistro near PGA Blvd.

Now, working closely with his family has created a stronger bond, as well as taught a strong work ethic. His two sons not only work hard in the restaurant, but outside as well. Michael, 18, is an All-District, All-State football player at Wellington High School, while Zachary, 16, is All-District in the WHS band. And both, their father added, are dedicated brothers to their sister.

Each summer, the Palmateers close their bistro doors for two weeks so they can spend time in New York’s Catskill Mountains, where their family, love of food and tradition began.

DeVine Bistro is located at 2465 S. State Road 7, Suite 300, in front of the Mall at Wellington Green. For reservations, call (561) 204-5432. Visit www.devinebistro.com for more info.

 

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European, Equestrian Backgrounds Help Anna Niehaus Connect With Clients

European, Equestrian Backgrounds Help Anna Niehaus Connect With Clients

For Anna Niehaus of Keller Williams Luxury International, her connection to Wellington began across the Atlantic Ocean.

“I was born and raised in the small town of Riesenbeck, Germany,” she recalled. “Riesenbeck has only 5,000 people but big national and international horse shows. Horses and dressage have always been part of life. My plans to become a school teacher were a little diverted when Riesenbeck hosted the world championships for four-in-hand driving, and I connected with the U.S. team.”

That connection led to an invitation to spend some time in Massachusetts and Florida. It was the latter location that changed her life. “I fell in love with the warm weather and the small town of Wellington with all its equestrian activities and never left,” Niehaus said.

Her first job was as marketing director for the Royal Palm Beach-based Royal Professional Builders. She held the position for more than 20 years and learned every aspect of the construction industry and local real estate. One aspect of the work affected her greatly. “My favorite part was always sales,” she said. “I love working with people. From first-time homebuyers to large custom estates, I enjoy being part of the process that makes their dreams come true.”

Niehaus has been licensed in real estate since 1992, but in 2011, she decided to sell real estate full-time. “I was longing for a more flexible schedule that would allow me to get back to riding and horse-showing a little more,” she said. “I am working as many hours as I did before, but I am so much more flexible now.”

Niehaus joined the Keller Williams team in 2013. It was a natural fit from the start. “Everybody was professional, positive and very helpful,” she said. “Being part of the largest real estate agency in the western communities has given me access to a great network of Realtors, global presence and tremendous support. Many of the equestrian properties range in the upper price levels. So, I qualified and joined the Luxury Division at Keller Williams.”

This has worked out well, given her long equestrian background and international heritage.

“Wellington has a huge international market,” Niehaus said. “My knowledge of the German language and my European background help me understand and connect with my European clients. I respect the various cultures and like to cater to them accordingly. Good communication is the key to a smooth transaction and to transparency. I am available to my clients around the clock, and I am here in Wellington year-around.”

Niehaus sees Wellington as a real estate dream come true.

“With such a wide range of properties to choose from, there is something for everybody: a small condo in town, a single-family home in a gated community, a small farm in Loxahatchee or a large equestrian estate close to the showgrounds,” she explained.

Niehaus counts herself among the countless residents who have fallen under Wellington’s sway.

“This area is a piece of paradise for such a large number of people,” she said. “Equestrians, golfers, snowbirds, retirees and people like me who just love the weather.”

To contact Anna Niehaus of Keller Williams Luxury International, call (561) 214-3310, e-mail annaniehaus@comcast.net or visit www.annaniehaus.com.

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USPA’s Matthew Baran Helps Market The Sport Of Polo To The Public

USPA’s Matthew Baran Helps Market The Sport Of Polo To The Public

Over the past several years, the United States Polo Association has built a talented communications department that is dedicated to marketing the sport of polo and highlighting USPA tournaments for members and fans. With his successful track record promoting the Flagler Museum in the Town of Palm Beach, Matthew Baran was brought on board, rising to the director of communications.

Baran, a native Floridian born and raised in Jupiter, works out of the USPA offices on Lake Worth Road next to the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame, spearheading an ambitious program promoting polo across the nation.

“We built a state-of-the-art web site focusing on tournaments and presenting polo like other major sports. This was accomplished through interactive scoreboards, a tournament calendar and dedicated web pages with rosters, history, video highlights and much more,” Baran explained. “The department continually pushes to elevate coverage across all media platforms and outlets, highlighting team and player statistics, amazing plays, player quotes and horse information.”

This includes a wide array of streaming video content.

“In 2017, we created the USPA Polo Network, livestreaming more than 125 polo matches throughout the year for free, across uspolo.org, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter,” Baran said. “All games can also be viewed on-demand through our YouTube channel or uspolo.org/video.”

When not working, Baran enjoys surfing or swimming at the beach, playing tennis, visiting local art shows, and hanging out with his family and friends.

“Ironically, I do not ride or play polo,” Baran said. “I grew up playing baseball, basketball and football, and received a scholarship to play baseball. My background in sports has helped with re-branding our digital platforms to cover polo like other major sports.”

While not a polo player, Baran is passionate about the sport with deep roots in Wellington. “Polo is one of the world’s oldest team sports that can be enjoyed by all ages, male or female,” Baran said. “There are approximately 270 USPA member clubs throughout the United States, and about 15 here in the Wellington area.”

It is an impressive sport, and he is certainly a polo fan.

“I continue to be mesmerized every time I watch polo,” Baran said. “The athleticism and hand-eye coordination of the professional players is something everyone must witness live. I would put it on par with hitting a 95-plus mph fastball in baseball, which has been described as the most difficult feat in sports. Players are riding flat out on the most agile horses in the world, bumping into other players and horses, all the while hitting a small ball through a goal with a bamboo mallet. The incredible precision in the goals and team play is what continually makes me revere the sport and push to get polo out to the masses.”

Baran believes that Wellington provides the opportunity to witness one of the most epic team sports anywhere in the world, and he invites area residents to, “get out and experience something new.”

To bring in more players to the sport, the USPA launched a “Learn to Play” campaign, which provides a platform for all member clubs to have a strong presence at uspolo.org.

“Whether you are interested in picking up a mallet and learning to play, or would like to watch some of the top players and horses compete in a USPA tournament, you can visit uspolo.org for more information,” Baran said. “And if you are in the Wellington area, you have to come watch a match of the Gauntlet of Polo at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. The level of competition and horses is unrivaled anywhere in the United States.”

The Gauntlet of Polo is comprised of America’s most historic and prestigious tournaments: the C.V. Whitney Cup, the USPA Gold Cup and the U.S. Open Polo Championship. “There is $1 million on the line, and the tournament series features 16 teams and more than 800 horses competing for a chance to be crowned Gauntlet Champion,” Baran said.

All the work that Baran is doing is directly in line with the longstanding mission of the USPA.

“The USPA was organized and exists for the purposes of promoting the game of polo; coordinating the activities of its member clubs and registered players; arranging and supervising polo tournaments, competitions and games; and providing rules, handicaps and conditions for those tournaments, competitions and games, including the safety and welfare of participants and mounts,” Baran explained.

Founded in 1890, the USPA is the national governing body for the sport of polo. With thousands of individual members, the USPA oversees 40 national tournaments. For more information, visit www.uspolo.org or call (800) 232-8772.

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Dr. Hart Collier Seeks To Improve Quality Of Life For Wellington Residents

Dr. Hart Collier Seeks To Improve Quality Of Life For Wellington Residents

Dr. Hart Collier, who recently joined the Wellness Experience in Wellington, brings nearly 25 years of familiarity with the western communities. He grew up in the Acreage/Loxahatchee area, attending Seminole Ridge High School, before relocating to Tampa to earn his undergraduate degree and chiropractic degree.

Moving back last year to again be closer to his family, Collier joined the team at the Wellness Experience at the beginning of the year.

“Even though I’m quite new to practicing — I graduated in December — I have fresh knowledge about the latest techniques and procedures that are being taught in school,” Collier explained. “Combined with Dr. Randall Laurich’s experience of 20 years of practicing, 13 in the Wellington area, and the sophisticated computer analysis used to pinpoint problem areas, you can’t get any better service.”

Laurich founded the Wellness Experience in Wellington as a secondary location for his successful practice in Boca Raton. Later, he sold his initial facility to devote all his energies to treating Wellington-area patients from the facility in the Kobosko’s Crossing plaza.

Collier said that the Wellness Experience, with its objectives of improving function, reducing pain and increasing a patient’s overall quality of life, is different from many other chiropractic practices.

“Manual chiropractic therapy, massage therapy and rehabilitative exercises offer so many benefits,” he said. “It can fix a patient’s nagging pains and aches, provide better overall functioning of the musculoskeletal system and help with better athletic performance.”

The Wellness Experience offers everything patients need to live a pain-free life. “We offer many supportive products: natural anti-inflammatory CDB including tinctures, capsules and topical creams, back and pelvic stabilization braces, custom orthotics and specialized neck pillows,” Collier said. “We consider ourselves a general practice, and we can treat anyone who walks through our doors.”

The Wellness Experience was founded to create a facility that maintains the original chiropractic principles with the addition of technology to improve each patient’s quality of life. The doctors at the facility are trained to locate, analyze and correct where there is nerve interference along the spinal column. Using gentle force, they change the structure of the spine to allow the brain to communicate better with the rest of the body, thus assisting the body in healing itself.

Collier’s interest in chiropractic procedures began when he was very young.

“My father had his lumbar spine fused together when I was in the fourth grade, so I grew up wanting to help people avoid the pain and struggle he had to go through,” Collier said. “I also received chiropractic care when I was 15 for back spasms that held me out of the sports I loved. Shortly after receiving care, my spasms went away.”

Collier, who is currently single, is close to his family. “I have two amazing parents, an identical twin, older brother, younger sister and the cutest little niece, Grace,” he said.

Participating in a range of activities, Collier enjoys the outdoors. “My hobbies are fitness and exercises, fishing and diving, and any sport, really,” he said.

After treating some riders participating in the Great Charity Challenge, Collier has developed an interest in equestrian sports. “Even though I grew up in the area, I’ve only been to one jumping event and no polo games, but I plan on fixing that soon,” he said.

Collier invites residents to learn more about chiropractic health and the Wellness Experience. “No matter what issue a person is dealing with, the Wellness Experience has the knowledge and traditional skills combined with the latest techniques and high-tech equipment to relieve pain and improve performance and quality of life,” he said.

The practice maintains a web site offering a great deal of information about the services available.

“Our web site — www.wellness-experience.com — is where you can find a bevy of videos about our services, and you can fill out our new patient paperwork online,” he said. “Our wonderful office manager, Nicole, is the best. She can set patients up with an appointment and answer any questions about insurance and payments.”

The Wellness Experience is located at 9180 Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 333-5351.

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Public Works Director Bruce Wagner Brings Winning Attitude To Wellington’s Staff

Public Works Director Bruce Wagner Brings Winning Attitude To Wellington’s Staff

Bruce Wagner, director of the Public Works Department for the Village of Wellington, believes that “without your team, you’re nothing.” This phrase is a mantra for everything, from his love of sports to his management style.

“I started out in the Parks & Recreation Department as the supervisor of the grounds,” Wagner recalled. “Then I went to operations manager of grounds and facilities, but the last 10 and half years, I’ve been here at the Public Works Department.”

His journey to Wellington was unusual for administrators working in the government sector. Wagner, a native of New York’s Long Island, spent most of his career working in construction and various forms of landscaping.

“I did have a partnership with my brother in landscaping for about 15 years. I went to college for commercial art, believe it or not, and then I started to gravitate toward landscape design,” Wagner explained. “Then I worked for a lighting company in Long Island and took over running the grounds.”

In 1996, Wagner and his wife moved to Florida for the first time. They chose Orlando, where he landed a position that ended up being a dream job — working for Walt Disney World.

“I was like a test project for Disney at that time. HR hired me directly off the street, which was not normal for them. It was a match made in heaven. I loved it; loved everything about it,” Wagner said. “Most landscapers don’t know all the characters and stuff about the park, but I did. I jumped in with both feet.”

A few years later, however, the Wagners moved back to New York to be closer to family and had their first child. Shortly after his daughter turned one, they moved back to Florida and brought the family with them this time. Living in Coconut Creek, Wagner started the next chapter of his career with humble beginnings.

“I worked for Home Depot in the outside garden area,” Wagner said. “It’s amazing the amount of people you start meeting. After a couple of months, I went to work for a management company.”

But 2004 was a difficult hurricane season. It meant Wagner was spending more and more time managing properties and away from home. His wife began researching positions further north and found an opening with the Village of Wellington.

“Within two weeks, I was hired, and I’ve never looked back. It has been a great experience coming here,” Wagner said. “We all care about each other. It is definitely a family because you spend all this time with each other. Communication is the key, and it has never been better.”

After nearly 14 years with the Village of Wellington, Wagner has found a second version of the happiest place on earth.

At approximately 46 square miles, Wellington is about the same size as Walt Disney World. Some days it’s like Tomorrow Land, some days it’s like Fantasy Land and some days it’s like Adventure Land. It’s never dull. “There is something new every day in public works, and we love it,” Wagner said.

The Public Works Department is crucial to the mission of Wellington.

“Public works takes care of the infrastructure, including roadways, canals, pumping stations, all the maintenance in any park, lights on the fields, mosquito control and all of the miles and miles of horse trails,” Wagner said. “We also do set up, break down and cleanup after large events. It’s always different here. We have 108 employees, and everyone pulls on that rope.”

Some of his proudest accomplishments for the department include twice earning American Public Works Association (APWA) accreditation, and the role played in the Parks & Recreation Department’s certification by the Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

“We are one of maybe nine entities in the whole state to get both of those awards,” Wagner noted.

Aside from pride over his work and team, Wagner also has a strong sense of family. Married for 29 years, Wagner and his wife are raising two children with a sense of love for sharing adventures.

“We are obsessed with snorkeling,” Wagner said. “It’s so much fun to go as a family. We love cruising and have been to Barbados, Bequia, St. Thomas and San Juan.”

Sports also plays a big part in Wagner’s everyday life and philosophy.

“I’m more of a player’s coach. I like to watch what’s going on before I really have to say something. There are so many times you can look back and say, ‘You guys did a great job,’ and don’t have to constantly tell them what to do. Let them go out and experience things. We all make mistakes, but if they can correct them right away, it’s phenomenal. I love this crew,” Wagner said. “Nothing is better than when you can grow your own, bring them up and keep them. When you can keep them, that’s a good thing.”

Wagner’s team mentality, combined with his respect for both administration and the crew he supervises, makes for an environment set up for sustainable success. From succession plans to cross training and preparation for the future in Wellington, the foundation keeps coming back to one thing — “without your team, you’re nothing.” Wagner sees a bright future filled with opportunity for his team at Wellington’s Public Works Department.

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Palm Beach Polo Home Features A Bright, Contemporary Design

Palm Beach Polo Home Features A Bright, Contemporary Design

Palm Beach Polo homes, like this one located in the Muirfield neighborhood, offer the quintessential Wellington lifestyle. Behind the manned security gates lie peaceful walking, jogging and biking trails, tennis courts, a challenging golf course, an exercise/workout room and a roomy clubhouse. Inside the home, the designer’s influence is unmistakable. A bright, contemporary aesthetic rules the 3,000-square-foot living space. With its open floor plan, three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, recently upgraded kitchen, two patios and two-car garage, home life was never more convenient.

Main Living Area: This long view of the downstairs living shows a seating area and the formal dining room with the home’s pool beckoning from all sides.

Entryway: A sweeping grand staircase and statement wall at the front entrance provide a hint of the home that lies beyond. A peek of the catwalk and upstairs window suggest there’s more — much more — and there is.

Seating Area: Play the piano, watch TV, take a dip or just sit quietly reading a magazine in the seating area. White marble and tile extend throughout the ground floor of the home, giving a dramatic and cohesive look to the space.

Kitchen: Who doesn’t love a sparkling white kitchen? This newly renovated space features state-of-the-art Bosch appliances, a breakfast bar with in-counter sink and dishwasher, two heavenly skylights and a large pantry.

Foyer Area: Contemporary hanging lights offer their welcome to guests entering the home’s spacious foyer area.

Island: An island placed perpendicular to the kitchen is the perfect morning launching-off spot for backpacks, briefcases and that all-important cup of coffee. It also serves as a central gathering place.

Master Suite: A master suite located on the main floor defines the split bedroom plan. The room boasts a walk-in closet, a bumped-out seating area and a master bath with dual sinks.

Master Bath: The master bath features a spacious glass-walled walk-in shower, as well as a stand-alone clawfoot tub.

Guest Bedroom: A carpeted bedroom with an en suite bathroom offers plenty of room for guests. The arched window overlooks the front garden and green space.

Aerial View: A bird’s eye view of the property (left) shows off the home’s cedar shake roof, one of the hallmarks of the Palm Beach Polo community, as well as the nearby golf course.

Pool Deck: Long-ranging views from this premium lakefront lot (right) show the home’s completely fenced backyard, as well as the spacious pool deck.

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Faces of Dressage

Faces of Dressage

The majestic sport of dressage has returned to Wellington, home of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, for another amazing season of this majestic Olympic sport. Often compared to horse ballet, or dancing with horses, dressage showcases the grace, beauty and elegance of a horse and rider pair working together as one. From elite dressage to more introductory levels to the uplifting sport of para-dressage, all levels of the sports are on display here in Wellington this winter. While it may look effortless in the ring, dressage performances are really the end result of years of hard work. Once again, we celebrate this hard work and determination in Faces of Dressage 2019, highlighting just a few of the amazing riders you can see in action this winter at the AGDF.

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Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén of Sweden is one of the greatest dressage riders of all time. Vilhelmson-Silfvén began riding at age seven and became interested in dressage after her mother taught her about the sport. The seven-time Olympian is a master of training young horses into being some of the best in the world. Vilhelmson-Silfvén has also competed at six World Equestrian Games and 10 European Dressage Championships. She has won three bronze medals in team competitions at the European championships, and also competed at seven editions of the Dressage World Cup finals. Vilhelmson-Silfvén has been spending winters in Wellington for nearly a decade and continues to shine at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Early in the 2018 season, she wowed the crowd riding Paridon Magi at the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDIW. She launched the 2019 season in similar style, this time taking third aboard Don Auriello. After placing eighth individually with Don Auriello at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and competing at the World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018, she is now focused on qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

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Laura Graves

Laura Graves

Laura Graves and her horse Verdades have a strong bond of harmony and talent. Graves and her mother brought the horse as a foal from Holland, and she set to work to master each step of the training. In 2014, Graves impressed the judges at the U.S. Dressage Championships in Gladstone, N.J. She placed second overall and received one of the highest scores of any American rider to qualify for the 2014 World Equestrian Games. That summer, her first time in Europe to compete, the pair impressed the judges at the CHIO Aachen 5* and then at the WEG in Normandy, France. In 2015, she competed at the Pan American Games in Toronto, where she won the team gold medal and the individual silver medal. In 2016, Graves competed at her first Olympics, capturing the bronze medal in the team competition in Rio and earned the fourth position individually. In 2018, she scored an impressive 84.675 percent in CDI-World Cup Qualifier FEI Grand Prix Freestyle. Later in the year, Graves and Verdades represented the U.S. at the World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018, capturing the individual silver medal after a stellar performance in the Grand Prix Special. She helped lead the U.S. team to the silver medal as well.

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Adrienne Lyle

Adrienne Lyle

Raised on a small cattle farm in Whidbey Island, Washington, Adrienne Lyle has always spent time around horses. She originally rode western, then switched to English at age seven. She tried eventing before dressage became her calling. Lyle began competing at 13 years old. She was a member of the silver medal team at the 2002 Cosequin Junior Dressage Championships and the bronze medal Region 6 team at the 2004 North American Young Rider Championships. Lyle has trained with Olympic dressage rider Debbie McDonald. Career highlights include competing in the 2012 Olympic Games in London and contributing to a fourth-place team finish at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in France. 2018 was a banner year for Lyle and her mount Salvino, with a string of wins at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, including a breathtaking victory in the Nations Cup Grand Prix Freestyle CDIO3* to cap the season. The pair qualified for the World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018, where they helped the U.S. team win the team silver medal. Lyle and Salvino are back in action this season in Wellington.

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