It was standing room only last night at the Saturday Gala performance at the 2012 CDI Hartpury in Gloucestershire for the eagerly awaited debut of Charlotte Dujardin’s new Freestyle music and floor plan with Roly Luard and Carl Hester’s Valegro. And no-one was disappointed as Dujardin scored 90.65% to break the British record.
It was a sensational performance with many spectators wiping away tears and giving a standing ovation on completion of the phenomenal routine. The duo became the first ever British combination to break the 90% barrier in international competition. A final score of 90.65% sent the previous British record, set only in April by Laura Bechtolsheimer, tumbling. They were winners by nearly 15% over Canada’s Ashley Holzer with Breaking Dawn (75.925%) with Michael Eilberg and Half Moon Delphi third (72.05%) on the horse’s freestyle debut.