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Lottie Fry impresses with contemporary faces at worldwide grand prix

  • World champion Lottie Fry has two extra diamonds in her dazzling string of worldwide grand prix rides – together with one described as “Glamourdale 2.0”.

    Lottie, who took double gold and group silver on the dressage World Championships in Herning aboard the Van Olsts’ Glamourdale, contested the large tour at Leeuwarden CDI3* (14 to fifteen October) on two relative newcomers to grand prix degree.

    Lottie took residence a clutch of placings with Don Joe, contesting solely his second worldwide grand prix, and worldwide first-timer at this degree Lars Van De Hoenderheide, who’re each owned by her long-term employers, Van Olst Horses.

    She scored 70.76% and 71.5% with Lars and Don Joe respectively within the grand prix, ending fourth and sixth within the last outcomes. The ten-year-old stallion Don Joe, by Negro son Diego and out of a Lord Leatherdale mare, adopted up with a rating of 72.68% within the grand prix particular for third place.

    “Don Joe simply actually shocked me this week along with his character, and within the area how he was actually attempting his hardest with every thing,” Lottie instructed H&H.

    “I feel he was even described as like Glamourdale 2.0, as a result of he’s all black and he’s stunning and he additionally strikes actually properly. He actually gave me two nice rides this weekend.”

    Their performances attracted reward from choose Isobel Wessels, which Lottie mentioned was “actually thrilling” to listen to.

    “The grand prix particular is kind of a tough take a look at for a younger horse and he actually took it in his stride,” she mentioned.

    The comparability to Glamourdale is one thing Lottie agrees with.

    “He’s like a smaller model [of Glamourdale]. He’s actually cool and has such an awesome head on him. He’s actually nice to coach and simply loves to indicate off just like the others.”

    To not be outdone, his chestnut stablemate Lars impressed within the freestyle to earn a mark of 77.02% and in addition end third.

    “He’s a gelding and he hadn’t performed a lot beforehand – earlier than he got here to us, he did various leaping and all-round stuff,” mentioned Lottie, of the 11-year-old Negro son.

    “Anne [Van Olst] has been coaching him now for about two years and she or he was very good to permit me to experience him in competitors. I haven’t been driving him that lengthy to be sincere, just a few weeks, however she’s performed such an awesome job of coaching him.

    “To have the ability to experience one in all her horses is wonderful as a result of they’re so properly skilled – as you’ll be able to see, I can simply get on and experience a grand prix!

    “He did such an awesome job as a result of he’s inexperienced, however he’s so gifted. That was his first ever freestyle to music. We borrowed one in all Anne’s previous kürs and he simply beloved it.”

    The 26-year-old was talking throughout a London Worldwide Horse Present media day and can be competing at this 12 months’s present (15 to 19 December), for which she is an envoy.

    The choice of which of her grand prix rides she can be taking can be made nearer to the time.

    “I’m actually fortunate to be in that place, however then it means I don’t should put the strain on horses to ensure they’re prepared. I can simply resolve which one is feeling essentially the most prepared on the time,” mentioned Lottie, whose different grand prix rides embrace her Olympic group bronze and European silver medal-winning experience Everdale and her under-25 European gold medal-winning accomplice Darkish Legend.

    She added that there are lots of elements to keep in mind, together with the environment and the journey, notably as Brexit-related points could add travelling time.

    Lottie will even be bringing a younger horse over from her Netherlands base for the “Dressage Unwrapped: Again to the Future” masterclass on the London Worldwide on 15 December.

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