Can We Ever Get Enough of Charlotte and Valegro?

Great Britain's Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro (KWPN / Bay / 2002 / G / by Negro and Maifleur by Gerschwin) - Rowena Luard & Carl Hest - 1st Place in the Grand Prix Dressage Freestyle at the Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games Normandy 2014
Great Britain's Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro (KWPN / Bay / 2002 / G / by Negro and Maifleur by Gerschwin) - Rowena Luard & Carl Hest - 1st Place in the Grand Prix Dressage Freestyle at the Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games Normandy 2014

Topping the world of Dressage was the unbeatable team of Great Britain's Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, and Carl Hester. “It’s absolutely incredible” said the 29-year-old Dujardin. “After London (2012 Olympic Games) I didn’t think it could get much better, but I took two gold medals at the European Championships last summer and to do this at my first World Equestrian Games is amazing. Any medal is a great achievement, but two gold and team silver here this week, I couldn’t ask for anything more!” Dujardin meanwhile joked that retirement for her 12-year-old KWPN by Negro, may now be her only option after taking all the top titles available in the sport.  “I have such a fantastic horse and this week I had some of my very best rides I’ve ever had in the Grand Prix and the Special. Today I went out there to have fun, it’s only the third time we’ve used this music and I just couldn’t be happier!”


 

She did retire "Freddie" the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games mascot Norman who she renamed. "Freddie was there in every victory lap, on the podium, and when riding the tests, with her "team" at the "Kiss and Cry Zone". The third member of the gold medal sensation, Carl Hester is now known as one of, if not, the greatest trainer in modern dressage history. With a relaxed yet classical style and grace in all that they do. When asked by one of the press if Carl was ever mean to her when she made a mistake, she laughed at the preposterous notion. “Like every trainer it’s frustrating when I make a mistake but he’s the best trainer in the world, the opportunities he’s given me, well no-one could ask for any more.”

All photos taken by Mary Phelps

 

 

 




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