Glamourdale No. 1 Horse, Charlotte Fry No. 1 Rider as World Championship Gold Medal Partnership Begin 2023

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Charlotte Fry and Glamourdale. © Ken Braddick/

Jan. 2, 2023

Charlotte Fry and Glamourdale are the No. 1 rider and No. 1 horse as Great Britain’s world championship gold medal partnership begin 2023.

The rider, 26 years old, and the KWPN stallion that with all competition horses in the northern hemisphere became 12 years old on Jan. 1, for the first time took over the top places in the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) rankings that has listed rider and horses separately since Sept. 1 last year.

The British pair that captured the world championships for both individual in the Grand Prix Special and the freestyle for their musical performance at Herning, Denmark last September took over the top rankings as of the end of 2022.

Lottie, as Charlotte is popularly known, and Glamourdale most recently captured the World Cup at London. Lottie is based in the Netherlands where she trains and competes horses for the Van Olst breeding, sales and competition stable.

Glamourdale and Charlotte are the first horse and rider competing for Great Britain to become No. 1 since Charlotte Dujardin retired Valegro after dominating dressage from the 2012 Olympics in London through the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro four years later.

Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and TSF Dalera BB had held the top spots since the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 and through the changes from ranking combinations to separate standings. Dalera dropped to 50th in the latest rankings while Jessica dropped to fifth in the rider rankings. The pair swept the Olympics for team and individual gold, did the same at the European Championships two months later and added the World Cup title last April that they will defend in Omaha in three months time.

Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour who rode Vamos Amigos to lead Denmark to team gold as the world championships maintained her No. 2 ranking as a rider.

Hermes, the 11-year-old KWPN stallion that was ridden by Dinja van Liere of the Netherlands to individual and freestyle bronze at the world championships and in the final competition of 2022 won the World Cup in Mechelen, Belgium, was ranked No. 2 in the horse standings. Dinja was ranked fourth among riders.

DSP Quantaz, 13-year-old German Sport Horses, ridden by Isabell Werth of Germany were both ranked third.

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