Tributes to Olympic rider, who has died aged 45

Laura Fry
Laura Fry

TribUTES have been paid to Laura Fry, the Olympic Grand Prix dressage rider and trainer from Aike, near Beverley, who has died after a long battle with cancer, aged 45.

Her family said in a statement: “She was inspirational to everyone who knew her.”

Laura, who had been involved with horses all her life, represented Great Britain in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona with her horse, Quarryman. The team finished in seventh place.

Laura’s dressage career took off in 1988 when she won the Horse and Hound Search for a Star competition. She and Quarryman first represented GB in 1988 as part of the Young Rider team. The pair also won their first National Dressage title in the same year, at the start of a long and successful international partnership.

In 1991, Laura and Quarryman were selected for the European Championships, where the team finished in tenth place. They also took the National title in the same year at Grand Prix.

After the Olympics, the pair were part of the silver medal winning team at the European Dressage Championships in Lipica in 1993.

Laura’s international career continued with further success, and after Quarryman retired from competition in 1995 she continued to train and produce many quality horses.

She was the owner of Aike Grange Stud in Aike, a highly respected training and livery yard, and trained her daughter Charlotte, who has followed in Laura’s footsteps by riding for Great Britain in the Pony and Junior teams since 2010.

Laura continued to compete in national competitions, where she had numerous placings, and she was awarded the British Dressage Medal of Honour in recognition for her contribution to dressage at the National Championships a few weeks ago.

Laura is survived by her husband, Simon, and daughter Charlotte.

Her funeral will take place on Monday (October 8) at Octon Crematorium. Friends and colleagues have been invited to wear formal competition attire of top hat and tails at the funeral service, in her honour.