Lottie Fry & Glamourdale win International Champions of Great Britain for second year running

  • Written By: British Dressage
  • Published: Thu, 21 Dec 2023 16:50

Reigning World Champions Lottie Fry and Glamourdale retain the 'International Champions of Great Britain' award for the second year at the 2023 London International Horse Show. 

Ahead of the CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle at the 2023 London International Horse Show, Lottie Fry took centre stage to receive the British Dressage International Champions of Great Britain award, joined by Glamourdale's owners Anne and Gertjan Van Olst.

The International Champions of Great Britain trophy recognises the highest placed dressage combination at the respective annual Championship. This year was an extremely close contest between Lottie Fry and Glamourdale and Charlotte Dujardin and Imhotep, with the overall winner determined by the combination of the scores from the Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix Freestyle from this year's FEI European Championships in Riesenbeck. There was just 0.163% difference between the two scores, following incredible performances at the FEI European Championships from both pairings, that saw a new personal best and a silver medal for Lottie in the Freestyle, and two bronze medals in the Grand Prix Special and Freestyle for Charlotte.

The presentation was made by British Dressage Chief Executive Jason Brautigam at the London ExCel Arena just before an evening of dazzling freestyle competition took place, where Lottie went on to finish second in the FEI Dressage World Cup Freestyle, scoring 85.040%, this time with Van Olst Horses' Everdale. 

It was a special evening for Van Olst Horses, with Lottie not the only one to win an award that night. Following the International Champions of Great Britain presentation, Anne and Gertjan Van Olst were also awarded the British Equestrian Medal of Honour, which is given to those recognised as having completed acts of international endeavour in relation to equestrian sport, and for outstanding services to the Federation or its member bodies. The Van Olsts were presented the Medal of Honour by the federation’s Chair, Malcolm Wharton CBE, and CEO, Jim Eyre.