H&H: Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro Break World Record

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro have now broken every Grand Prix dressage world record, claiming the third and final record yesterday at the London International Horse Show at Olympia. Charlotte and Valegro, whose barn name is Blueberry, already set records for the Grand Prix — 85.94% at the European Championships in Herning, Denmark, last year  — and the Grand Prix Special — 88.022% at Hagen in Germany in 2012. And they brought the house down yesterday with an incredible score of 93.975% in the Grand Prix Freestyle to take the world record from Edward Gal and Totilas, who set the record on a 92.30% at Olympia in 2009.

This test is a must watch! Many thanks to EN reader Marjean for finding a video of the test over on Horse Collaborative.

From Horse & Hound:

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro produced a faultless performance to win the Reem Acra FEI World Cup freestyle dressage to music, supported by Horse & Hound, at the London International Horse Show at Olympia.

In front of a packed crowd, the British partnership scored 93.975% to claim the final world record that had, until now, eluded them. The previous record of 92.30% was set by Edward Gal and Totilas at Olympia in 2009.

Charlotte said: “I came here thinking the world record was what I wanted to do — thinking it and doing it is something else. I had the ride of my life.

“I’m so lucky to have Valegro. I’d like to thank Roly Luard [Valegro’s co-owner] and Carl [Hester, co-owner] for letting me ride such a great horse. This is the best Christmas present.”

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