Charlotte Fry became dressage world champion in Denmark

Briton Charlotte Fry is Dressage World Champion in the Individual Grand Prix Special Event.

Barely 24 hours after leading the British team in second place, Fry put on another majestic performance on 11-year-old stallion Glamourdale.

Scarborough-born Fry, who lives in the Netherlands with five-time Olympian Anne van Holst, helped Britain win Olympic bronze at the Tokyo Olympics.

And the 26-year-old now has his first World Championship gold and only the second Grand Prix special title in Great Britain after the triumph of two-time Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin eight years ago.

“It’s incredible,” Fry said. “I can’t believe this is happening right now. I’m really at a loss for words.

“This is what dreams are made of. The horse was amazing, the atmosphere was amazing and he just walked in and did whatever I could ask for. He really grew to the occasion.



I couldn’t dare dream of it and I’ll probably burst into tears at any moment

Charlotte Fry

“It’s unreal. I couldn’t dare dream of it and I’ll probably burst into tears at any moment.”

Fry’s score of 82.508 per cent was enough to eclipse home favorite Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour – architect of Denmark’s team title triumph on Sunday – at the MCH Arena in Herning.

Laudrup-Dufour had to settle for silver aboard Vamos Amigos while Dinja van Liere of the Netherlands finished third with Hermes.

Fry amassed 16 perfect 10s on various parts of her test from the seven-person judging team, with the gold medal accompanying £26,000.

Great Britain won a first major dressage medal of any kind at the 1993 European Championships in Slovenia when the team included Fry’s dam Laura.

Laura, who also took part in the Olympic Games in Barcelona 30 years ago, died of breast cancer at the age of 45 just six weeks after London 2012.

Dujardin, whose medal haul at 21 major championships spans six Olympic podiums, finished sixth aboard Imhotep while Gareth Hughes and Classic Briolinca finished seventh.

Fry, Dujardin and Hughes now advance to the individual freestyle finals on Wednesday.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/denmark-tokyo-gold-tokyo-olympics-netherlands-b2140984.html Charlotte Fry became dressage world champion in Denmark

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