Great Britain’s Charlotte Fry & Glamourdale World Grand Prix Special Championship Gold, Denmark’s Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour Taking Silver, Dinja van Liere & Hermes Bronze
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
HERNING, Denmark, Aug. 8, 2022–Great Britain’s Charlotte Fry rode Glamourdale to win World Grand Prix Special Championship gold Monday, beating Denmark’s team gold medalist Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour taking silver on Vamos Amigos and Dinja van Liere of the Netherlands on Hermes earning bronze.
Charlotte and the 12-year-old black stallion Glamourdale (Lord Leatherdale x Negro) with breath-taking canter scored 82.508%, Cathrine and the 10-year-old gelding Vamos Amigos were at 81.322% and Dinja on the 10-year-old stallion Hermes 79.407%.
The world Grand Prix Special title is the biggest victory for Charlotte and joins a galaxy of superstars since the first World Equestrian Games in 1990–Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro, Edward Gal on Totilas, Isabell Werth on Gigolo (twice), Satchmo and Bella Rose, Anky van Grunsven on Salinero, Nadine Capellmann on Farbenfroh and Nicole Uphoff-Selke on Rembrandt.
The 26-year-old Charlotte is based in Holland and rides horses by the Van Olst center and is coached by Anne van Olst.
Charlotte “Lottie” Fry
“This is totally insane, I barely have any words for this. He just went in and did everything better than yesterday (Grand Prix). He is nothing short of amazing.
“This is the best ride of my life and he gives me everything, everything.
“Ohh, my God, I just won. I think I am going to cry. I have not even dared to dream about this because Cathrine and the others are such amazing riders.”
Cathrine said of her ride:
“I think my horse was even better today than yesterday, like his tempis, super today. I am so pleased with Vamos and it is nothing short of amazing to take a medal here on Danish soil, it is a dream come true!”
Dinja said that Hermes “got a little bit spooked today, but I managed to quickly bring him together and I’m pleased with it. His highlight is always his piaffe and passage, he can do it so easily, it’s always a relaxing time. I’m really eager to ride 80 percent and we’ll be together for a long time and we’re definitely going to make it.”
Complete results are available HERE.