Charlotte Fry

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Rider Charlotte Fry
D.O.B Unknown
Lives Den Hout, Netherlands
Horses

Dark Legend

Everdale

Charlotte Fry

Biography

I was born into dressage. My late mother Laura Fry – who had competed at the 1992 Olympics and was a European team silver medallist – ran a successful dressage training yard at our home in Yorkshire, so I was sat in the corner during lessons and training most days and was riding a horse before I could walk. I had daily training from my mum throughout my childhood, on small hairy ponies up to her Grand Prix horses, I was very lucky!

From 2012 I trained with Carl Hester, who helped me to secure a place at Van Olst Horses in Holland working and training with Anne Van Olst, a Danish five-time Olympian, which is where I still am now.

I moved here in 2014 (I still can not get to grips with the Dutch language) and have never looked back. I have had the most amazing opportunities and ridden incredible horses and absolutely love my job! I ride around 10-12 horses a day, from just broken three-year-olds up to Grand Prix horses.

On the yard there is around 60 ridden horses, so we have a very big team of grooms and riders and many different nationalities, including Spanish, Swedish and a couple of us English, so we have a lot of fun.

Whenever I get a little free time I love to go back to England to visit family and friends. This is usually around Christmas time when it's a little quieter with the competitions and stallion shows – I eat as much English food as possible and my trip is never complete without a big roast dinner. I really believe that the Dutch don't know what they're missing! 

HORSES

Dark Legend, an 11-year-old gelding owned by van Olst Horses and Charlotte 

Everdale, a 10-year-old stallion owned by van Olst Horses