Great Britain’s Lottie Fry, Winner of 2 Individual World Championships Gold Medals, Team Silver Named FEI Best Athlete

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Nov. 13, 2022

Great Britain’s Lottie Fry, winner of two individual gold medals and team silver at the World Championships last summer, on Sunday was named FEI Best Athlete.

The 26-year-old Lottie as she’s known, won both the Grand Prix Special and the Grand Prix Freestyle on Glamourdale at the championships in Herning, Denmark to be awarded the Peden Bloodstock FEI Best Athlete Award.

The winning Freestyle score of 90.654% on the 11-year-old KWPN stallion made her the ninth horse and rider combination to achieve the mark in the history of the sport.

On Glamourdale, Lottie won the World Championship for seven-year-old horses in Ermelo, Netherlands. She was on Britain’s teams in the 2019 and 2021 European Championships and at the Tokyo Olympics. Shortly after the world championships, she rode the Dutch-bred Kjento to become world young horse champion for the second time, having captured the title a year earlier.

Kjento, world 7-year-old champion, ridden by Charlotte Fry of Great Britain. © 2022 Ilse Schwarz/DRESSAGE-NEWS.com

Receiving the best rider award from Peden Bloodstock’s Managing Director Martin Atock, Lottie said: “To be the Best Athlete in 2022 is kind of crazy! I am still taking it in and not really sure what to say about it yet, but it’s incredible.

“The people who I need to thank the most for all my successes so far is definitely Anne and Gertjan Van Olst for giving me so many amazing opportunities and allowing me to ride horses like Glamourdale every day. And of course to my whole team, sponsors and my family at home who I had to leave behind when I moved here and to everyone who voted for me to become the Best Athlete for this year. ”

Other awards:

–Longines FEI Rising Star award to British eventing rider Alice Casburn;

— Cavalor FEI Best Groom award went to Kerryn Edmans of New Zealand who has groomed for New Zealand’s eventing couple Tim and Jonelle Price for the past six years;

–FEI Solidarity Award to South Africa’s Dressage SA Solidarity Stars Project;

–FEI Against All Odds to jumping rider Muthoni Kimani of Kenya.