Charlotte Fry

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Rider Charlotte Fry
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Lives Den Hout, Netherlands
Charlotte Fry

Biography

I was born into dressage – my late mother, Laura Fry, had competed at the 1992 Olympics and was a European team silver medallist before going on to run a successful dressage training yard at our home in Yorkshire. I was sat in the corner during lessons and training most days and was riding a horse before I could walk!

I have to say my whole life revolves around horses and dressage, I can't imagine it not. I had daily training from my mum throughout my childhood, on small hairy ponies up to her Grand Prix horses, so 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 five-time Danish Olympian Anne Van Olst. I'm still based there now.

I moved here in 2014 (I still can not get to grips with the Dutch language) and have never looked back. I've had the most amazing opportunities, 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 from 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 my 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!