Riding: Van Olst Horses and her own Everdale (black stallion, 17.2hh, 12yrs, Lord Leatherdale x Negro, Breeder: P Kluytmans NED, Groom: Steven Caley)
Charlotte (Lottie) was born into dressage – her late mother, Laura Fry, competed at the 1992 Olympics and was a European team silver medallist before going on to run a successful dressage training yard at home in Yorkshire. Lottie was sat in the corner during lessons and training most days and was riding a horse before she could walk. Lottie cites Laura, who lost a courageous battle with breast cancer in 2012, as her greatest inspiration.
She had daily training from her mum throughout her childhood, on small hairy ponies up to Grand Prix horses, so she was given the best start on a path of an equestrian career. In 2010, she made her British team debut at pony level and has since gone on to represent her country in the Junior, Young Rider, U25 and Senior ranks, only one of a handful of riders to do so.
Lottie trained and was based with Carl Hester and in 2014, it was at his suggestion that, aged just 18, she set off for Holland to work at Van Olst Horses in Holland. She continues to this day, working and training with five-time Danish Olympian Anne Van Olst.
2018 was a pivotal year. With her own and Anne van Olst’s Dark Legend she was crowned U25 European Champion before taking the world champion crown in the FEI World Breeding Championships with Van Olst Horse’s breath taking stallion, Glamourdale. The following year was her first senior call up where the team finished fourth.
With Van Olst’s stellar stallion Everdale (Lord Leatherdale x Negro), Lottie has been mixing it up with the best of Europe with the combination’s personal best scores rising each time out to secure their Olympic debut with Lottie aged just 25 and Everdale only 12.
International personal bests with Everdale:
Grand Prix – 76.848%
Special – 77.213%
Freestyle – 81.77%