Charlotte and Charlotte on top of the stage, Nespresso wins Grand Prix Freestyle

Charlotte Fry and Nespresso danced the night away! It was full house tonight at Azelhof Equestrian Center, the atmosphere was amazing and so were the rides. With a score of 76.605% it was Charlotte Fry who took the win in the 3* Grand Prix Freestyle presented by Paardensport Vlaanderen.

“Nessie felt really good in there. There was a bit more atmosphere today and it was nice to feel he was enjoying it”, is Charlotte Fry her first reaction. “It’s a freestyle he never ever has done before, it’s actually not his freestyle. So, it wasn’t fitting 100%, but he did everything so well. It’s only his second ever international Grand Prix, I’m very proud of him. He really enjoyed himself and so did I.” The 15-years-old son by Negro is Charlotte Fry her fifth Grand Prix horse at the moment.

Gaining experience
“I haven’t thought about it too much”, she says, referring to the question about the plans with Nespresso. “We are just going to see how it went here, and I went quite well. So, we will just carry on gaining some more experience with him and going to some more CDI’s I guess.” The British rider, who’s based in The Netherlands and riding at Van Olst Horses is very grateful. “I’m in a very nice position, it’s amazing all the horses I get to ride. A very lucky position and it’s great to come out to shows like this and give the horses experience to prepare for the really big ones.”

Special for Especial
“Tomorrow will be the Special with Especial. We just want to give him more experience and more confidence in the ring, because he’s so talented anyway. So he just need to get a little bit more relaxation in there so it comes together”, Charlotte concludes.

Podium 3* Freestyle
The second place was won by the Swedish Malin Wahlkamp-Nilsson and Zackson. The 10-years-old son of Blue Hors Zack scored 76.020%. Carina Scholz and Quinto became third, scoring 72.470%.

Results 3* Grand Prix Special
The 3* Grand Prix Special was a special class as well. It was again Alive and Kicking and Charlotte Dujardin who took the win. This time with a score of 75.192%. The 9-years-old daughter of All At Once shows once again her quality. Semmieke Rothenberger and Flanell (s.Apache) came in second with a score of 74.426%. The German rider did a very good job ending between such great names. Patrik Kittel and Jovian took the third place with a score of 73.298%.

Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) – Alive and Kicking
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