With six 10s for the canter parts, Charlotte Fry rode the KWPN-approved Glamourdale (Lord Leatherdale out of Thuja pref by Negro, breeder: J.W. Rodenburg of Ouderkerk aan den IJssel) to a new PR score: 80.838%. The audience enjoyed the impressive stallion, and he in turn seemed to enjoy the enthusiastic audience. In the last line, there was exuberant clapping in the Stutteri Ask Stadium, where Glamourdale seemed to wonder if this was really for him, according to his proud rider.
“I want to prove how fantastic Glamourdale is”
“I am speechless, he was so good! As soon as we left the warm up arena and he heard the crowd, Glamourdale seemed really ready. The test felt fantastic,” says Fry affected after the test. She continues: “Hopefully tomorrow I can get the little things out of the pirouettes, otherwise he was just ‘on fire’.” Despite the high expectations for Glamourdale and Fry, he does not yet have a lot of international experience. “He’s never traveled this far and been away from home for so long, but he really behaves like he doesn’t act differently. He’s only eleven and a stallion, which is often more difficult, but not with Glamourdale.” The pressure is high, everyone is talking about your chances and possibilities. How does that feel? “It makes me want to do really, really well. I want to do Glamourdale justice because everyone thinks he’s fantastic, so it’s up to me to prove how fantastic he really is. So there’s a lot of pressure, but I have a great team around us and the partnership with Glamourdale is great. I hope he loves me as much as I love him.”
Photo: Jon Stroud