A shocking gray, a detailed relative to Valegro and a double younger horse gold medallist are among the many Van Olsts’ stars of the longer term to maintain in your watch listing underneath Britain’s world champion Lottie Fry.
The 26-year-old relies at Anne and Gertjan Van Olst’s Netherlands facility and is fast to credit score her long-standing employers and backers for the alternatives she has to construct partnerships with horsepower “on one other stage” and compete these stars for Britain.
Her high grand prix rides want little introduction, headed by her beautiful double world gold medal-winning journey Glamourdale and Olympic group silver medallist Everdale. And there are a number of rising stars ready within the wings.
Lottie presents these on a tour of the peaceable barns. The dapple gray head of Especial (pictured, above) – an eight-year-old Everdale gelding, out of a Vivaldi mare, who’s on the cusp of grand prix – stands out among the many many black stallions.
“He’s nonetheless fairly younger,” says Lottie, explaining the gray just lately scored +70% at his first inter II and is stepping as much as grand prix for expertise “as a result of he performs with all these tough actions so simply”.
“He likes to work and he will get his power from Everdale. He’s actually enjoyable to coach. [The step up to grand prix] is extra only for enjoyable than to be actually aggressive with him this 12 months.”
Additional alongside the identical row, Lottie factors out the sweet-faced Nalegro, a detailed relative of Charlotte Dujardin’s masterpiece Valegro.
The four-year-old KWPN-approved stallion, by Painted Black, is out of Valegro’s full sister Jalegrofleur.
“He’s actually thrilling, has three nice paces and can be actually trainable,” Lottie provides. “He’s undoubtedly going to be one to look at the longer term.”
The three-year-old Secret Lover, a KWPN-approved stallion by Secret and out of a Furstenball mare, is one other Lottie factors out as a star within the making. He welcomes cuddles from his rider, as she affectionately wipes his breakfast off his face. She explains it’s his perspective and character that makes him stand out as one to look at.
“You’ll be able to already see in his work that he likes to indicate off,” she says. “As we’ve seen with Glamourdale, it’s so necessary that after they go into the world, they need to showcase for you and that they like to work.
“If it’s going to return right down to 0.001 of a mark between gold and silver, you then’re going to need the horse that basically fights for you, desires to do it, desires to indicate off and loves these atmospheres. That’s the sensation that I get already from Secret Lover – from his character, his mind and his trainability.
“He additionally has actually nice motion. He has a canter like Glamourdale and he’s additionally lovely and black, which helps and he’s simply so candy. He’s the entire bundle, which is what actually stands out for me.”
We cross the grass turn-out paddocks and an all-weather sand turn-out space, full with a horse soccer which the stallions “love” to play with, and right into a second aisle. Right here Negro – shiny and bright-eyed at 27 years previous – awaits his guests.
“He has an excellent life, he’s breeding and goes out within the subject day by day,” says Anne, of the evergreen tremendous sire.
Two stables down is one in all his high-flying sons, the six- and seven-year-old younger horse world champion Kjento (pictured, under). Subsequent on the plan for him is preparation for the step as much as small tour.
“He doesn’t want numerous competitors publicity as a result of he’s so good within the ring, and he loves the massive competitions, so there’s no must type of take him out an excessive amount of for the time being,” says Lottie.
Lottie might be competing one in all her grand prix rides on the London Worldwide Horse Present (15 to 19 December), for which she is an envoy. She may even be bringing one in all her youthful rides over to the UK for the “Dressage Unwrapped” masterclass on the Thursday of the present.
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With all eyes on Tokyo, the younger however proficient Lottie Fry is a really actual contender for the British dressage
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