Charlotte named Reem Acra Best Athlete 2013 at the FEI Gala, Montreux. Switzerland – November 2013
Great Britain’s Double Olympic and European Championship medalist Charlotte Dujardin received the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Reem Acra Best Athlete Award at a gala in Montreaux, Switzerland. Charlotte who on Valegro is the top ranked dressage rider in the world was one of five recipients of FEI Awards. The other awards went to Reed Kessler of the United States as Longines Rising Star, Carmen Thiemann of Germany as Best Groom, Joann Formosa of Australia for Against All Odds and the National Army Riding School “Grito de Asencio” of Uruguay for Development. Jonathan Edwards, Britain’s Olympic gold medallist in Triple Jump and the current world record holder, was master of ceremonies describing the accomplishments to more than 300 guests, including representatives of the 132 member nations of the world governing body of horse sport.
More Gold medal success for Charlotte at the FEI European Championships – August 25th 2013
Charlotte Dujardin and the breathtaking Valegro won a Gold Medal once again today, at the European Dressage Championships 2013 in the ever popular, Grand Prix Freestyle. Silver went to Helen Langehanenberg with Damon Hill on a score of 87.286%. The Bronze medal went to Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival 86.393%. Many tears were shed by her family, her fans and all involved with Team Hester, on what was another memorable day for Dujardin.
Fault free test at the FEI European Dressage Championships in Denmark for our golden girl – August 2013
TEAM GB picked up the Bronze medal at the European Dressage Championships in Denmark, today, August 22nd 2013, with Charlotte Dujardin setting a new world record on Valegro of 85.942%.
In a tense close finish, the Germans regained their title with an average team score of 78.217%. The Netherlands’ average score was 77.989%, with defending champions Britain just a snippet behind on 77.846%. Charlotte produced a fault-free round on the incredible Valegro to break her own world record of 84.447% which she achieved at Olympia in December
Olympic champion Dujardin and Valegro returns to top of FEI dressage world rankings – July 2013
Charlotte and Valegro have returned to the top of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) world dressage rankings after securing a 13-point lead over Dutch rider Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival.
Charlotte became the first Briton to take the number one spot in the world rankings in September last year after her historic performance at London 2012, where she won individual and team dressage golds, and reclaims the position with 2,912 points after victories at both the Grand Prix and the Freestyle to Music at the recent CDIO 5* Rotterdam.
Olympic gold medalist Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro win the Rotterdam CDIO5* Grand Prix Freestyle – June 2013
Charlotte and the 11-year-old KWPN gelding (Negro x Gerschwin) scored 87.425 per cent in their first international competition of this year. Edward and Glock’s Undercover scored 86.075 per cent that beat the pair’s previous highest Freestyle score of 85.100 per cent set just three months ago. Tinne Velhelmsson-Silfvén of Sweden and Don Auriello were third on 79.825 per cent. Charlotte said that Valegro has “been hacking and having a lovely time.” The horse still is “not up to full fitness,” and thus she chose the same music she used at the Florida World Dressage Masters in in January, 2012 “to give him a nice ride” in Saturday night’s performance because it was easier. “He definitely does not have the power,” she said. “I’ll go away and work on the fitness. There’s a lot more in there I can give.”
Team GB bring home the Nations Cup from FEI Nations Cup™ Dressage series – CDIO5 Rotterdam – June 2013
Britain’s team of four riders ravelled to Rotterdam for the second leg of the inaugural FEI Nations Cup™ Dressage series.
The team combinations representing Great Britain in the CDIO5* were: Charlotte Dujardin riding Carl Hester and Roly Luard’s Valegro (pictured), Carl Hester riding Jenny Green’s Fine Time IV, Gareth Hughes riding Jane Brewin’s DV Stenkjers Nadonna and Daniel Watson riding Susie Farnon’s Fideramber. All eyes were on Olympic Champion Charlotte as this was her first team appearance since London 2012 for her and her team and individual gold medal partner Valegro.
Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin also rode as individuals in the CDI3*. Carl rode Aram Gregory’s impressive gelding Dances with Wolves, fresh from their grand prix-grand prix special victories at Compiègne CDI earlier this month; and Charlotte rode Uthopia. The new partnership of Charlotte and ‘Uti’ were successful on their competition debut at Saumur CDI at the beginning of May where they secured both the grand prix and freestyle.
Olympic gold medallists Charlotte Dujardin and Laura Tomlinson (nee Bechtolscheimer) rode a specially prepared routine as part of ‘An Evening of Dressage’, held on Saturday 8 June. The evening was designed to showcase the sport in which Britain won team gold as well as individual gold and bronze medals at the London 2012 Olympics.
Charlotte and Uthopia win big at their international debut in Saumur – May 2013
Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester swept the board at the CDI3* in Saumur over the weekend, with three firsts and two seconds.
Charlotte made her debut with Carl Hester’s Olympic ride, Uthopia and the pair put in an incredible performance in the grand prix on Friday (3 May) to win the class on 72.255%. Her mentor Carl Hester, took the second spot riding Fine Time 13 on 69.872%.
The new partnership of Charlotte and Uti only gained in confidence and style, as they went on to easily win the freestyle (kur) on Sunday (5 May) putting in an incredible performance to achieve a score of score of 81.600%. “What a special afternoon – 1st on Uthopia in the GP freestyle with 81.6% and Grandad 2nd on Fine Time – thanks for your wonderful messages!” Charlotte tweeted after the class.
Charlotte Dujardin features on CNN’s global ‘Human to Hero’ Series – March 20th 2013
Human to Hero gets to the heart of what it takes to be the best in the fields of sport, architecture, dance, fashion and music. The show explores the discipline, dedication and determination involved, as well as the sources of inspiration.Charlotte Dujardin became known as “The girl with the dancing horse” at the London Olympics, where she completed an incredible journey from low-paid stable girl to becoming the new star of dressage.
Watch Human to Hero at these times (all GMT):
Every Wednesday on World Sport at 1700 and 2230, and Thursdays on World Sport at 0400.
King of Fashion lets the queen of dressage debut his new A/W 13 signature coat for her trip to Buckingham Palace – March 2013
British Olympic equestrian gold-medal winner Charlotte Dujardin collected her OBE at Buckingham Palace wearing a Paul Costelloe wool-and-angora coat from his new collection. The OBE capped an outstanding year for Charlotte, who rose to world number one collecting the two Olympic gold medals, a world record and European team title. She collected her award from the Princess Royal.
Charlotte said: “London 2012 was great for Zara and great for equestrian. The Princess Royal knows my background well. She was asking me about how well training is going and about my plans. I am training for the Europeans this year and hoping to do the World Equestrian Games next year.“
Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, the first British combination to head the FEI World Dressage Rankings, have started the New Year in style by reclaiming the top spot - January 2013
Thanks to their masterful performance in the fifth leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage at the International Horse Show at Olympia in London in December, and a world record score in the Grand Prix at the same event; the double Olympic gold medallist and her 10-year-old Dutch warmblood gelding are once again world number one with 2,943 points.
Make sure you watch Horse&Country TV on January 17th at 8pm for the premier of “Carl and Charlotte Golden Year” - January 2013
Catch up with in-depth interviews with both Charlotte and Carl about life after the London 2012 Olympics and how the horses have settled back down to ‘ordinary’ life. Both riders talk about what it meant to them to be acknowledged in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List and how Olympia topped off an incredible year for the pair. Charlotte loved the filming days with Horse&Country TV and is especially thankful to Saracen Horse Feeds who sponsor the series.
Charlotte’s astonishing success rewarded with Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty The Queen – December 2012
Charlotte Dujardin has been appointed OBE after playing a starring role in Great Britain’s equestrian success at the Olympic Games in London 2012. Charlotte won team and individual gold medals in Greenwich Park as the dressage team enjoyed their greatest success to date.
Charlotte set an Olympic record, riding Valegro, in the opening round of the team event which she won alongside Laura Bechtolsheimer and her trainer and friend, Carl Hester. Charlotte later went on to secure her place as the world’s top dressage rider with victory in the Reem Acra FEI World Cup qualifier and freestyle event at the London International Horse Show, Olympia in London.
London International Horse Show – Olympia - Reem Acra FEI World Cup Qualifier – December 2012
Charlotte Dujardin rides Valegro to a new Grand Prix World Record at London Olympia Horse show on Monday 17th December 2012. Scoring an incredible 84.447%, she broke the previous best (84.08%) set by Dutch rider Edward Gal riding Totilas at the 2009 European Championships. The following evening, Charlotte took first place in the Kur (Dressage to Music) with a score of 87.975%. What an amazing end to 2012!