Even legends need to check their rearview mirrors.
Competing against a stacked field of 15, Great Britain’s Charlotte Fry and her trusty Everdale once again outshone the competition at the eighth leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2023/2024 Western European League in Amsterdam (NED).
In Friday’s Grand Prix, the dynamic duo danced to the top of the leaderboard with a score of 77.761%, relegating German living legend Isabell Werth and DSP Quantaz (76.869 %) into second place and League-leader Sweden’s Patrik Kittel on Touchdown (75.848 %) into third.
Saturday’s Freestyle saw an encore performance as they widened their winning margin by several percentage points, despite a flawed first halt. Fry and the 15-year-old KWPN stallion earned a new personal best score of 88.180% with top artistic marks and high scores in the piaffe/passage and flying changes. Werth once again took second on a 86.455% score and Kittle, third on 84.905%.
Fry, now comfortably in third place on the league standings, is guaranteed a spot at the FEI World Cup Final in Riyadh (KSA) this April.
“I’m still taking it in, I guess. To win here in Amsterdam is kind of a dream—especially with such a competitive field of horses and riders! Everdale has been feeling so good the last two days, and I’ve had two really great rides, so I couldn’t really ask for more!” said the world no. 3.
“Everdale is going to have a small break now. There are a lot of stallion shows coming up, and then hopefully we will go to Den Bosch (s’Hertogenbosch NED) and then do the outdoor season with Glamourdale, so we will see how it all works out.”
With the Paris 2024 Olympic Games also on the calendar, Fry is still weighing her horse power options. “I’m very lucky to have two really top horses at the moment, so we will see!”
Three legs remain in the Western European League, next stopping in Neumünster (GER), February 18.