So the team is announced and CDJ has been selected on Gio. I know he’s being going brilliantly but thought freestyle would trump him really. Is freestyle injured or just not seen as CDJ top horse anymore?
I read this article the other day which was interesting (not particularly relevant to this discussion, more of a side shoot), Gio seems like the understudy but actually when the scores are analysed there are clear areas where he is scoring higher than Freestyle. He must be a pretty exciting prospect for Charlotte.
I am delighted to say that I have been selected, once again, to represent my country at the forthcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo. The fact this will be my third Olympics truly blows my mind; I only ever dreamed of one and here we are. Incredible.
I hope this really serves to inspire you all that anything is achievable if we work hard enough for it and support each other.
After close consultation with the selectors, I will be partnering with Gio and the decision is no reflection on the incredible Freestyle, with whom I have also had great results with throughout the year. She is a world class mare, but we feel Gio is the horse for the team, for these Games.
to my friend, trainer and the one who stands side by side with me through it all, my mentor Carl Hester who will be riding En Vogue. I can't express how proud I am of this partnership.
also to Charlotte Fry who will be riding the breathtaking Everdale and to travelling reserve, our friend, Gareth Hughes with the lovely Sintano Van Hof Olympia. So well deserved!
Thank you to our owners, of course my sponsors, Ian Cast, Alan Davies, Claudine Bichard, our team of grooms and riders at home, my management, and all of the unsung people behind the scenes who make this possible for us.
We will do our best to make the podium but moreover, we just want to make you proud; our supporters, who have been on this journey with us every step of the way. A wonderful day x
They may feel that Gio is better suited to the expected hot, humid weather in Tokyo, or possibly feel its more important to have Freestyle as the high scorer on the Team for the Europeans, either way, how fabulous that she has two equally high scoring horses to choose from.
i have liked Gio from the word go, i much prefer him to freestyle as i am not a fan of the very over the top front end which seems to be the fashion. i really liked the dapple grey mare that charlotte was riding a while ago but havent seen her lately,maybe she cant go up to the higher tests.. i loved Valegro because of his way of going and his extended trot was perfect in my eyes...
Just looked at her record, as like you I had noticed she had been at Wellington. That was her first outing in almost 3 years. I've always liked her, having seen has as a youngster at a yard visit a few years back.