Lottie and Everdale shine bright at Mechelen CDI-W
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Fresh from her stunning performances in London with her World Championships co-star, Glamourdale, Lottie Fry rounded off her exceptional year achieving podium placings aboard Everdale at the hotly-contested Mechelen CDI-W in Belgium (26 – 30 December 2022).
Van Olst Horses’ Everdale, the prolific breeding stallion who partnered Lottie to team bronze in Tokyo and team silver at the European Championships the same year (2021), had already shown fantastic recent form with a double win outdoors at Ermelo last September. Here at Mechelen, the horse’s first indoor show of the winter, he and Lottie continued their 2022 success to finish inside the top three both days of this sixth leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2022-2023 Western European League.
Wednesday’s Grand Prix saw a tight tussle for the top placings with the leading trio all on 75%-plus. The Dutch combination of Marieke van der Putten and Torveslettens Titanium RS2 gained the winning edge on 75.978%, with Lottie and ‘Evert’ close on their heels with 75.783%. In what was a super-successful show for Belgium’s neighbouring nation, the Netherlands, Van de Putten’s compatriot Dinja van Liere, aboard Hermes N.O.P., followed closely in third (75.152%).
For Thursday’s Freestyle, Van Liere and Hermes N.O.P., who won bronze in both the Grand Prix Special and Freestyle at the World Championships in Herning last summer, hit their stride to deliver a winning 85.815%. Fellow Dutch contender, Emmelie Scholtens with the magnificent Desperado finished second, in front of Lottie and Everdale in third (83.725%), while Van der Putten finished just out of reach of the podium.
Performing their well-known freestyle programme, featuring hits by Kygo and Whitney Houston, and Rihanna, the British pairing of Lottie and the Lord Leatherdale x Negro black stallion delivered a well-executed and captivating floorplan with all the expression and energy for which they are known.
Following their impressive FEI World Cup™ Freestyle round, Lottie commented; “It felt like a great improvement from yesterday. He really likes his Freestyle and I think this was one of his best performances. I was very pleased how he coped in the arena because sometimes the crowd can catch his attention. There is so much more to come from him and so much more I can improve. 2023 will be very exciting!”
FEI Dressage World Cup™ Grand Prix
1. Marieke van der Putten and Torveslettens Titanium RS2, 75.978% (NED)
2. Charlotte Fry and Everdale, 75.783% (GBR)
3. Dinja van Liere and Hermes N.O.P., 75.152% (NED)
4. Nanna Skodborg Merrald and Blue Hors St Schufro, 74.869% (DEN)
5. Emmelie Scholtens and Desperado, 74.326% (NED)
6. Emma Kanerva and Greek Air, 74.130% (FIN)
7. Kirsten Brouwer and Foundation, 71.891% (NED)
8. Larissa Pauluis and Flambeau, 70.695% (BEL)
9. Thamar Zweistra and Hexagon’s Double Dutch, 70.630% (NED)
10. Morgan Barbançon and Sir Donnerhall II OLD, 70.457% (FRA)
11. Domien Michiels and Intermezzo van het Meerdaalhof, 70.022% (BEL)
12. Anna Zibrandtsen and Quel Filou, 69.913% (DEN)
13. Charlotte Defalque and Botticelli, 69.456% (BEL)
14. Jorinde Verwimp and Charmer, 67.043% (BEL)
15. Antoine Nowakowski and Quarter Girl, 64.152% (FRA)
FEI Dressage World Cup™ Freestyle
1. Dinja van Liere and Hermes N.O.P., 85.815% (NED)
2. Emmelie Scholtens and Desperado, 83.865% (NED)
3. Charlotte Fry and Everdale, 83.725% (GBR)
4. Marieke van der Putten and Torveslettens Titanium RS2, 81.355% (NED)
5. Nanna Skodborg Merrald and Blue Hors St Schufro, 80.620% (DEN)
6. Kirsten Brouwer and Foundation, 76.980% (NED)
7. Thamar Zweistra and Hexagon’s Double Dutch, 76.365% (NED)
8. Emma Kanerva and Greek Air, 76.280% (FIN)
9. Larissa Pauluis and Flambeau, 75.500% (BEL)
10. Morgan Barbançon and Sir Donnerhall II OLD, 74.890% (FRA)
11. Domien Michiels and Intermezzo van het Meerdaalhof, 74.370% (BEL)
12. Charlotte Defalque and Botticelli, 74.205% (BEL)
13. Anna Zibrandtsen and Quel Filou, 73.275% (DEN)
14. Jorinde Verwimp and Charmer, 73.170% (BEL)
15. Antoine Nowakowski and Quarter Girl, 72.500% (FRA)
Photo © FEI/Dirk Caremans