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Carl Hester: Allow adults to choose their hat *H&H Plus*

Opinion

H&H’s dressage columnist discusses a great tribute to Valegro and the top hat debate

Since Valegro retired at the end of 2016, I have often wondered how quickly he might have been forgotten, as so many great horses – and riders – are when new blood comes into the sporting landscape. However, I am writing this after an amazing day at the grand unveiling of Valegro’s statue, here in our nearby town of Newent, Gloucestershire.

It was so exciting for me, Charlotte Dujardin, our groom Alan Davies and the rest of the team – and, of course, Valegro’s co-owners Roly Luard and Anne Barott.

This project, which has been four years in the making, revealed that there is just as much interest in our “Blueberry” as ever. The BBC, ITV and regional radio stations were there – with social distancing monitored in a very orderly fashion by our own British Dressage (BD) media guru, Winnie Murphy.