Charlotte Dujardin

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Charlotte DuJardinBritain’s Charlotte Dujardin OBE is one of the world’s top dressage riders. Charlotte and  her former world number one partner Valegro 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 at the age of two. She started working for Carl Hester in 2007, and 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.

Charlotte Dujardin’s notable successes include:

  • Double Olympic champion with Valegro in London 2012 and Rio 2016. also winning team gold in 2012 and team silver in 2016.
  • Represented Britain at four European Championships, winning team gold, silver and bronze medals, and individual gold medals with Valegro in 2013 and 2015.
  • Crowned world champion with Valegro at the 2014 World Equestrian Games (WEG), where they set a new WEG record and helped Britain to team silver.
  • Back-to-back World Cup titles with Valegro, in 2014 and 2015.
  • Crowned the Sunday Times and Sky Sports 2014 Sportwoman of the Year.
  • Nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2014, finishing fourth.
  • Named the Horse & Hound Professional Rider of the Decade in 2020.

Valegro was retired from competition in December 2016.

Charlotte Dujardin returned to the highest level of the sport in 2018 with the Fidermark mare Mount St John Freestyle, leading Britain to team bronze at the WEG in Tryon, USA, and winning individual bronze. The grand prix freestyle was cancelled as a result of Hurricane Florence.

Charlotte and Mount St John Freestyle represented Britain at the 2019 European Championships in Rotterdam, but were eliminated after their 81.91% grand prix. The pair returned to the arena with a highly successful winter season, winning the 2019 World Cup qualifier at Olympia, and qualifying for the 2020 World Cup final, which was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In 2020, Charlotte introduced another exciting international grand prix ride, the Apache son Gio. On their international debut, the pair won the grand prix freestyle at Keysoe CDI.