Footage courtesy of Hartpury College
Charlotte Dujardin won the Hartpury Festival of Dressage Premier League grand prix (9 July) with a commanding lead scoring 73.12% on Barolo.
The chestnut gelding by Breitling W, owned by Anne Seifert-Cohn and Charlotte’s trainer, Carl Hester, is only nine years old.
Their nearest rival in the class, another rider trained by Carl, was Amy Woodhead, who posted 69.68% aboard the seasoned campaigner Pro-Set, a licensed stallion by Jet Set D x Flemmingh.
Pro-Set has returned from a stint with the Norwegian rider Lillann Jebsen who competed him successfully at World Equestrian Games, European and World Cup finals before he returned to the UK for a lower pressure career. He is also standing at Meadow Stud in Gloucestershire.
Charlotte Dujardin and Barolo step up
This was only Charlotte and Barolo’s fifth test together, and their first at grand prix. The highest level they had contested until now was prix st georges (PSG).
Exactly a year ago at this Gloucestershire show, Charlotte and the bouncy chestnut topped a section of the Premier League PSG, while Michael Eilberg — who also won today on Woodlander Farouche — topped the other.
Watch a video of Woodlander Farouche's winning prix st georges test at Hartpury Festival of Dressage
As recently as 2012, Barolo was competing at novice level with Lucy Cartwright. He has only accrued 56 British Dressage points in his entire competitive career, meaning that he is still eligible to compete at novice under the current rules.
The victory should stand Charlotte in good stead for her ride on Valegro in the CDI grand prix on Friday 10 July. The pair also plan to contest the special on Sunday.
This is their final outing before the FEI European Championships in August (12-16 August for dressage), which take place at Aachen in Germany in the iconic main stadium.