Dressage rider and trainer Laura Fry loses battle with cancer

  • Former Olympic dressage rider and popular trainer Laura Fry, of Fry’s Dressage in East Yorkshire, has died.

    Laura passed away yesterday (Wednesday 26 September), aged 45.

    She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and had battled a re-occurence of the condition since June.

    Laura attended the National Dressage Championships earlier this month, where she was awarded a British Dressage medal of honour for her contribution to the sport.

    She managed to teach up until last Tuesday, 19 September.

    Laura’s career started in 1988 when she won the H&H “Search for a Star” competition and became a pupil of Sarah Whitmore.

    From then she competed regularly with her top horse Quarryman, with whom she represented Britain at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, where the team came seventh.

    The pair were also part of the silver medal-winning team at the 1993 European Dressage Championships.

    When Quarryman retired in 1996 she continued to ride and train, and ran the family’s popular competition centre – Fry’s Dressage.

    She leaves her husband Simon and daughter Charlotte, who has competed for Britain on the pony and young riders teams.

    “She was inspirational to everyone who knew her,” said her family.

    A spokesman for British Dressage added: “Laura was a tremendous rider, top-class trainer and, above all else, a great supporter of the sport.

    “Her talent for teaching helped so many achieve in their quest for success while in running competitions for all levels she brought dressage to everyone.

    “On behalf of the entire sport, our thoughts and prayers are with Simon, Charlotte and family at this sad time. Laura’s life was one to be celebrated and she leaves a great legacy for us all.”

    Laura’s funeral will be held on 8 October at 2.30pm at Octon Crematorium. Competition wear optional. No flowers, donations can be made to Macmillan Cancer Support.

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