Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro Come Back to Break World Record in 2012 CDI-W London Grand Prix

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Posted by Astrid Appels - Eurodressage.com


Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro at the Olympia Horse Show (Photo: Team GBR)
Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro at the Olympia Horse Show (Photo: Team GBR)
2012 Olympic champions Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro returned to the show ring after the Olympics to break the world record in the 2012 CDI-W London Grand Prix at the Olympia Horse Show on Monday evening 17 December 2012. With a fault free ride in which power and accuracy stood out, Dujardin rode to victory with a whopping 84.447%. Dujardin, Carl Hester and Roly Luard's Dutch warmblood gelding Valegro (by Negro x Gershwin) was powerful in the trot extensions, rhythmical in piaffe and passage and in the correct frame, uphill and with the nose at the vertical or even slightly out. The extended walk had good relaxation but the transition from collected walk to passage was tricky. The two tempi's were huge and expressive, the zig zag accurate, the pirouettes good.The 27-year old Dujardin told Skysports after her ride: "The horse is amazing, I am just so lucky to have him," she said. "I had the worst headache this morning. I rode a bit safer than I would normally." Charlotte also wrote on her Twitter account that "tonight has been so special - a new world record for valegro and I here at Olympia 84.447%. So overwhelmed #nowords."

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