Winning Olympia Debut from Supreme Products sponsored Charlotte DuJardin and Valegro

Wednesday December 14, 2011

British riders dominated the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Grand Prix supported by Horse & Hound at Olympia, The London International Horse Show.  The class, a qualifier for the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Freestyle, proved a one, two, three and four for the home side and win for this year’s British European gold medal team rookie, Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro.  Despite being a World Cup and Olympia debut, the combination sailed through the test to score 81.40 % - the only one to break the 80% barrier and in doing so set a new personal best.

“It’s been my goal all year to break 80% so to come here and do it is just fabulous and I am over the moon,” said Charlotte who admitted to feeling arena nerves.  “We have never competed in an arena like that – it really is quite daunting in there, the audience feel really close and being on home soil I felt  bit of pressure but Valegro soon settled which helped me relax.”
British European team gold medallists Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris were second while Carl Hester and Uthopia were third.
“We are clearly a little ring rusty and there were a few lapses of concentration tonight but tomorrow we start again and I have a chance to catch up,” said Carl who has trained Charlotte and Valegro for the last five years.  “I have a huge amount of pride in Charlotte and I did predict that she would win this.  For a horse that is still only nine-years-old and that has not been back in work long their score tonight is impressive and I am more and more convinced that he is capable of winning individual gold next year.”

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