Charlotte Dujardin OBE is an elite British dressage rider, Double Gold Medalist at the London 2012 Olympics Games, European Champion 2013, World Champion and holds all three World Records in Dressage.
At a Glance:
- Individual World Champion – Grand Prix Special – Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014
- Individual World Champion – Grand Prix Freestyle – Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014
- Team Silver – Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014
- Winner of Great Britain’s first Olympic medal in dressage: Individual Gold medal and Team Gold medal at London 2012.
- Charlotte currently holds the world record in the Grand Prix (87.129%, Reem Acra FEI World Cup Final Lyon 2014); Grand Prix Special (88.022%, Hagen CDI4* 2012) and Grand Prix Freestyle (93.975%, Olympia CDI-W 2013).
- Holds the British record score for Grand Prix Freestyle with 90.650% riding Valegro (Hartpury, UK 2012)
- Charlotte and Valegro were part of the Gold medal winning team at the 2011 European Championships in Rotterdam on their Championship debut.
- Rode her first Grand Prix test in January 2011 with Valegro, with a debut score of 74%
Born in Enfield, Charlotte was brought up in Hertfordshire and started riding as a two-year old. By sixteen years old, Charlotte, with the devoted backing and support of her family, had won the Horse of the Year Show competition four times and was a winner at Hickstead on three occasions. After further encouragement from her trainer, Debbie Thomas, Charlotte took up dressage with a horse bought from her grandmother’s inheritance.
In February 2007, she had some lessons with legendary Carl Hester, and after ten days at his yard and spotting her talent, he offered her a job as a groom at his yard in Newent, Gloucestershire, where she has since remained. Charlotte’s horse at the time was Fernandez whom she trained and brought through the levels. From the start, Charlotte was asked to bring on the novice Dutch Warmblood gelding Valegro, owned by Hester and Roly Luard, with the intention of that horse being ridden by Hester. However, after competing in their first dressage Grand Prix event in 2011, the combination became part of the successful team, who won gold in a European Dressage Championships competition at Rotterdam and thus began their meteoric rise.
Dujardin and Valegro were selected to represent Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympic Games and in the first round, the team set a new Olympic Record of 83.784%. On 7 August 2012 the pair were members of the team, which won the gold medal in the team dressage event. Two days later, in a routine arranged by Tom Hunt, which included Land of Hope and Glory, The Great Escape and the chimes of Big Ben; the pair won the gold medal in the individual dressage event with a score of 90.089%.
A global superstar was born….