World champions Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro not only won the Reem Acra FEI World CupTM Freestyle at Olympia last night but broke their own world record score set here last year.
The pair pulled off a practically foot-perfect programme to music from the soundtrack to the film ‘How to Train your Dragon’, the same music that was playing when they won the world championship title at the World Equestrian Games in August. It was the best freestyle test ever ridden: their piaffe- pirouettes, passage half passes and bold daring extensions looked unbelievably easy and earned them a standing ovation from the crowd and a mark of 94.3% from thejudges.
“He is the most incredible horse, he just keeps giving and giving,” says Charlotte. “I was absolutely thrilled with my ride – the last piaffe pirouette I was nearly in tears, he was with me all the way.”
As last year, leading Dutch rider Edward Gal and Glocks Undercover came in second, with a test performed to Undercover’s rhythmic passage and piaffe.
Olympia debutante Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, a former European Young Rider Champion, took third place with Beatrice Burchler-Keller’s Unee BB – an elegant black stallion by Gribaldi.
Olympia will broadcast live on BBC2 on Sunday 21 December and is available to view on Eurosport, the BBC Red Button, online and connected TV on Wednesday 17, Thursday 18 and Monday 22 December. In addition a special highlights program will be aired on BBC2 on Tuesday 23 December at 13:45.