Page 80

Valegro & Charlotte Dujardin – photo Vanolst Horses

DRESSAGE:

CHARLOTTE DUJARDIN – Ranked No:1 HORSE: VALEGRO Charlotte Dujardin OBE rides the bay KWPN gelding VALEGRO by Negro out of a Dutch mare by Gershwin / Heidelberg and they became the first British partnership to head the FEI Dressage World rankings when they won both individual and team gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games. Now in 2014 they take the lead again. They also became European Champions in 2013 and hold all three World Records in Dressage, for Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix Free Style. With Charlotte aged 29 the pair continued their near telepathic team work in April to win the 2014 World Cup Dressage Final in Lyon. In her early twenties Charlotte went to leading British dressage rider and instructor Carl Hester for some lessons in 2007 and after ten days he had decided on her talent and offered her a job as a groom at his yard in Newent, Gloucestershire, where she has stayed ever since. From the start, Charlotte was asked to bring on the novice Dutch Warmblood gelding Valegro, owned by Carl Hester and investor Roly Luard, with the intention of that horse later being ridden by Hester. However, after competing in their first dressage Grand Prix event in 2011, the combination became part of the successful British team, which won gold in a European Dressage Championship competition at Rotterdam. Carl Hester, himself a gold medallist had now also produced a gold medallist. They still work closely and support each other. There was talk that Valegro was on the market to recoup the costs of producing him but The British public can look forward to the Alltech by the end of 2013 these had been quashed when Carl Hester said FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy from they would rather look for investors to form a syndicate of owners 23 August to 7 September 2014. and keep the winning pair together. 80

SPORTING HORSE Issue 19

Sporting Horse Magazine Issue 19  

July 2014 Edition of Sporting Horse Magazine

Sporting Horse Magazine Issue 19  

July 2014 Edition of Sporting Horse Magazine

Advertisement