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Charlotte DuJardinBritain’s Charlotte Dujardin OBE is one of the world’s top dressage riders with her world number one partner Valegro. They currently hold the world record scores in all three grand prix dressage tests.

Born in Enfield in 1985, Charlotte was brought up in Hertfordshire and started riding as a two-year-old. She joined Carl Hester’s yard in 2007 for a few days as a groom and never left.

Charlotte has produced Valegro from the start of his career under the watchful eye of Carl, who owns the horse in conjunction with Roly Luard and Anne Barrott. Initially Charlotte was producing the Dutch warmblood gelding with the intention of Carl taking over the ride. But, after competing in their first dressage grand prix event in 2011, the combination became part of the successful team who won gold in a European Dressage Championships competition at Rotterdam and their partnership has remained ever since.

Charlotte and Valegro went on to win two gold medals at London 2012, represented Britain at the 2014 World Equestrian Games (WEG) and claimed individual gold, setting a new WEG record, and team silver. After this Charlotte was crowned the Sunday Times and Sky Sports 2014 Sportwoman of the Year.

In 2015 Charlotte and Valegro won the dressage World Cup Final in Las Vegas with a score of 94.169%. They also spearheaded the British team at the 2015 European Dressage Championships in Aachen, where the team won silver and Charlotte claimed gold in both the grand prix special and the freestyle.

While there have been suggestions Valegro may retire after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, for which he has been selected, Charlotte has a number of talented young horses coming in his wake. These include Barolo, with whom Charlotte was crowned 2015 British dressage champion at Stoneleigh and her own and Wendy and Paul Dockley’s Florentina, who won the 2015 Shearwater Potential International Dressage Horse five-year-old championship.

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