Lottie Fry Heads Stellar Dressage Lineup at London International

Lottie Fry and Everdale
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Lottie Fry will head a stellar lineup of equestrian competitors during this year’s London International Horse Show, organisers have confirmed.

Competition will get underway with the FEI Dressage World Cup Grand Prix on Thursday 15th December with the Freestyle to Music on Friday 16th December.

London International Horse Show ambassador Lottie, who was named the Peden Bloodstock FEI Best Athlete at the FEI Awards recently, will be competing on Everdale, her Olympic team bronze medal-winning partner from Tokyo. Based in The Netherlands with her mentor and trainer Anne van Olst, Lottie will be returning to compete in her home contry for the first time since her FEI World Championship victory in Herning.

Charlotte Fry (GBR) & Everdale - placed third at the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Grand Prix Freestyle - Olympia - The London International Horse Show - Olympia, London, United Kingdom - 17 December 2019
Charlotte Fry (GBR) & Everdale – placed third at the FEI Dressage World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle – Olympia – The London International Horse Show – Olympia, London, United Kingdom – 17 December 2019

Ahead of her appearance at the Show, Lottie said:

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I am so excited to be returning to The London International Horse Show this December. I love competing in front of my home crowd, it is always so special, and the atmosphere is incredible. It will be the best way to end an amazing year.” 

Joining Lottie are numerous other British Dressage superstars, including her FEI World Championship teammates Gareth Hughes and Richard Davison. Gareth has amassed over 60 national and international titles over the last 10 years. Last year he was the British team reserve at the Tokyo Olympic Games and won FEI European Championship team silver. Most recently he was crowned British national champion and will be looking to continue this impressive form in London with his FEI World Championship mount Classic Briolinca.

Gareth HUGHES (GBR) & Classic Briolinca - Grand Prix Special - Dressage - FEI World Championships Herning 2022
Gareth HUGHES (GBR) & Classic Briolinca – Grand Prix Special – Dressage – FEI World Championships Herning 2022. Image credit British Equestrian / Jon Stroud

Richard, who will compete on his trusted partner, Bubblingh, will be looking to improve on his impressive performances last year, where he came fourth and fifth in the Freestyle to Music and Grand Prix respectively. Fellow British riders Emile Faurie who rides Bellevue and Andrew Gould who will ride Indigro will also compete and will be looking to add their names to the stellar list of home winners.

A strong representation from Germany will be making the trip across the English Channel to London, including Ingrid Klimke and Helen Langehanenberg. Spectators are sure to be delighted to welcome Ingrid and Franziskus FRH to The London International Horse Show for the first time. The German is no stranger to success on British soil having had numerous top five placings at Badminton and Burghley. The former Olympic Eventer is now following in the footsteps of her father, Olympic Dressage rider Reiner Klimke, and won team bronze at the FEI World Championships this summer as well as winning the FEI World Cup Qualifier in Zakrzow last month and Stuttgart just over 10 days ago. Langehanenberg, the world No. 20, also comes to the Show on impressive form with a number of top placings this year such as placing third in the prestigious Grand Prix Special in Aachen.

Germany’s Ingrid Klimke and Franziskus FRH, winners of tonight’s third leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2022/2023 Western European League series in Stuttgart, Germany. (FEI/Leanjo de Koster)
FEI Dressage World Cup 2022/23 – Stuttgart (GER) Ingrid Klimke (GER) riding Franziskus FRH – winner at the FEI Dressage World Cup 2022/23 – Stuttgart (GER) Copyright ©FEI/Leanjo de Koster

Representing Canada is Naima Moreira Laliberte, who won team gold at the Pan American Games in 2019 and represented her country at the FEI World Championships in Herning this year. Moreira-Laliberté, the daughter of the co-founder of the Cirque du Soleil, will be sure to put on a show for the London crowds. The sole French dressage entry comes from Morgan Barbançon, who is sure to come to London full of confidence after her impressive victory in Grand Prix Freestyle to Music in the FEI World Cup Qualifier held in Motesice. Joining this strong roster of riders is Singapore’s Caroline Chew, who impressively balances competing at the very top level of the sport along with career as a Solicitor.   

Dutch rider, Hans Peter Minderhoud, will also be coming to the Show along with Australia’s Simone Pearce, Northern Ireland’s Abigail Lyle, Spain’s Alejandro Asencio Mendez and Belgium’s Laurence Vanommeslaghe, completing this year’s FEI Dressage World Cup entries.

For a full list of entries for the FEI Dressage World Cup, please click here. Further information about the FEI Dressage World Cup 2022-2023 season can be found here.

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