Charlotte Du Jardin and Valegro set a new freestyle world record at Olympia
Golden girl Charlotte Dujardin has scored the highest ever mark for freestyle dressage, and now holds a hat trick of world records.
After wowing the judges in the London leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage at Olympia, Charlotte and Valegro now hold the records for Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix Freestyle.
“All I came here thinking about was breaking the world record," reveals Charlotte. "That’s what I wanted to do, but thinking it and doing it is something else.
"To think I have that world record, in fact all three now, is fantastic! And to do it on home ground and in front of the supporters is incredible”
The Olympic and European gold medallist and 11-year-old Valegro stole the show at Olympia with a foot perfect test to achieve a score of 93.975 per cent. The 8,000 strong audience gave them a much-deserved standing ovation.
The pair beat Edward Gal, riding Glock's Undercover, into second place. Edward was the previous freestyle world record holder, attaining 92.30 per cent in December 2009 on black stallion Totlias.
"Valegro is an amazing horse and Charlotte is a very good rider – I like them both," the Dutchman said. "I always knew that some day [the record would be broken].”
Before the prize-giving ceremony fellow Olympic team-mate Laura Tomlinson officially retired her great horse Mistral Hojris ('Alf').
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