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 crew silver on the dressage World Championships in Herning aboard the Van Olsts’ Glamourdale, contested the massive tour at Leeuwarden CDI3* (14 to fifteen October) on two relative newcomers to grand prix degree.
Lottie took house 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 closing 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 stunned me this week along with his character, and within the area how he was actually making an attempt his hardest with every part,” Lottie advised H&H.
“I believe he was even described as like Glamourdale 2.0, as a result of he’s all black and he’s lovely 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 stated was “actually thrilling” to listen to.
“The grand prix particular is kind of a troublesome take a look at for a younger horse and he actually took it in his stride,” she stated.
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 excellent 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 finished a lot beforehand – earlier than he got here to us, he did various leaping and all-round stuff,” stated Lottie, of the 11-year-old Negro son.
“Anne [Van Olst] has been coaching him now for about two years and he or she was very good to permit me to journey him in competitors. I haven’t been driving him that lengthy to be sincere, only some weeks, however she’s finished such an excellent job of coaching him.
“To have the ability to journey certainly one of her horses is superb as a result of they’re so nicely skilled – as you’ll be able to see, I can simply get on and journey a grand prix!
“He did such an excellent job as a result of he’s inexperienced, however he’s so gifted. That was his first ever freestyle to music. We borrowed certainly one of Anne’s previous kürs and he simply beloved it.”
The 26-year-old was talking throughout a London Worldwide Horse Present media day and will probably be competing at this yr’s present (15 to 19 December), for which she is an envoy.
The choice of which of her grand prix rides she will probably be taking will probably be made nearer to the time.
“I’m actually fortunate to be in that place, however then it means I don’t must put the strain on horses to verify they’re prepared. I can simply determine which one is feeling essentially the most prepared on the time,” stated Lottie, whose different grand prix rides embody her Olympic crew bronze and European silver medal-winning journey Everdale and her under-25 European gold medal-winning accomplice Darkish Legend.
She added that there are numerous components to bear in mind, together with the ambiance and the journey, notably as Brexit-related points might add travelling time.
Lottie may also 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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