Laura Fry: the late Olympic rider whose daughter became world champion

Laura Fry is the late Olympic dressage rider and trainer, whose daughter, Lottie Fry, was crowned world champion in 2022. Laura Fry died following a battle with breast cancer on Wednesday 26 September, 2012, at the age of 45.

Laura was born in 1967, and was involved with horses throughout her life, but it was winning the H&H “Search for a Star” competition in 1988 that launched her dressage career. She started training with Sarah Whitmore, and took over the ride on the chestnut gelding Quarryman, who was to become her most significant equine partner throughout her international career.

Laura and Quarryman were selected for the British young rider team in 1988, also winning the advanced medium national title that same year, before making their international CDI debut.

In 1991, Laura and Quarryman competed on the British team at the European Championships in Donaueschingen, Germany, alongside Jennie Loriston-Clarke, Tricia Gardiner and Carl Hester. The pair also won the grand prix national title that same year.

In 1992, Laura and Quarryman were selected for the British Olympic team, riding at the Barcelona Games alongside Carl Hester, Emile Faurie and Carol Parsons, with the team finishing seventh.

The pair were then selected for their third consecutive senior championship team in 1993, being part of the historic silver medal-winning team at the European Dressage Championships in Lipica, Slovenia, alongside Richard Davison, Ferdi Eilberg and Emile Faurie.

Laura Fry: rider, trainer and mother
Laura and her husband Simon’s daughter Lottie was born in 1996, the same year that Quarryman was retired from sport. Laura continued to ride and train, running the family’s competition centre in East Yorkshire, Fry’s Dressage. She produced many more quality horses, including Massenet and Ghandi, and also became a British Dressage List 3 judge.

Laura also trained her daughter in the sport, with Lottie starting her own competitive career in 2006, aged 10, and riding for Britain at the pony Europeans in 2010 on Andexer.

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