Charlotte Dujardin & Valegro Set Grand Prix Special World Record at Hagen CDI4*

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Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro celebrating their Grand Prix Special world record at Hagen's Horses & Dreams meets Great Britain CDI4*. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

HAGEN, Germany, April 29–Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro set the standard for the Olympics by shattering the record with an epic performance to score 88.022 per cent in the Olympic Grand Prix Special at the aptly named Horses & Dreams meets Great Britain CDI4* just 90 days before the Games in London.

The 27-year-old Briton and the 10-year-old KWPN gelding brought the crowd of 5,500 spectators to their feet in an emotional display of support for the partnership that topped the previous record of 86.46 per cent set by the former world No. 1 partnerhip of Edward Gal and Moorlands Totilas at Aachen, Germany, in July, 2010.

The crowd at this premier horse show that kicks off the outdoor season for top riders from around the world were awed into total silence by the power and apparent ease of Valegro mastering the test that was created specially for the Olympics but failed to achieve the goal of what was meant to be a shortened version of the standard Grand Prix Special.

The weather that turned from an unusually hot summer-like Saturday to a chilly overcast Sunday did nothing to dampen the enthusism of the crowd for the British couple whose coach and mentor is Carl Hester, also certain to be on the team for Great Britain with Uthopia along with triple silver medalists from the 2010 World Equestrian Games, Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral  Hojris.

So overpowering was the ride by Charlotte on Valegro that the second placed Anna Kasprzak on Donnperignon with a score of 79.844 per cent was almost a footnote Sunday, though the emergence of several young and talented combinations along with championship veterans such as Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, Andreas Helgstrand and Anne van Olst has made Denmark a possible contender for a medal in London.

Germany’s Anabel Balkenhol and Dablino were third on 78.244 per cent.

“It was unbelievable,” she said later. “I didn’t look at the scoreboard so I didn’t know what the score was. Then Carl told me and I said, “Oh, my God. I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without Carl, the opportunity to ride the best horse, the training, the help.

“I’m one of the luckiest girls in the world.”

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro riding to a world record score in the Grand Prix Special at Horses & Dreams meetsGreat Britain CDI4* in Hagen, Germany. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Can they score even higher?

“Yeah,” Charlotte said.

“The horse has got the power. I’m still holding back a bit. I can’t let go completely yet, especially as this was the first time we rode the Olympic Special.

“The power is beyond belief. I keep pressing him and he gives more and more.”

Olympic Grand Prix Special CDI4*

results: 15 starter in this competition. 15 riders are placed..

judges: E: Ghislain Fouarge (NED)
H: Dr. Dietrich Plewa (GER)
C: Isobel Wessels (GBR)
M: Martin Richenhagen (GER)
B: Dr. Jean-Michel Roudier (FRA)
# rider nation no horse E H C M B Total
 1 Charlotte Dujardin 
GREAT BRITAIN
  538 Valegro
G / KWPN / B / 2002 / / 102UB51 / B: Hester,Carl
 88,778%
399.500
(1)
 86,444%
389
(1)
 89,111%
401
(1)
 87,667%
394.500
(1)
 88,111%
396.500
(1)
 88.022%
1980.5
3.600,00 EUR
 2 Anna Kasprzak 
DENMARK
  217 Donnperignon
G / Fin.WB. / Df / 1999 / Donnerhall / Mozart II 79 / GER25410 / B: Hof Beckerode GmbH,  / Z: Rasanen,Pekka
 80,222%
361
(2)
 78,556%
353.500
(2)
 81,111%
365
(2)
 79,556%
358
(2)
 79,778%
359
(2)
 79.844%
1796.5
2.000,00 EUR
 3 Anabel Balkenhol 
RV St.Georg Münster e.V.
  185 Dablino
G / Hann / Df / 2000 / De Niro / Wanderbursch II / GER41335 / B: Balkenhol,Klaus  / Z: Sweers,Weert-Arnold
 78,333%
352.500
(3)
 77,889%
350.500
(3)
 77,889%
350.500
(3)
 78,667%
354
(4)
 78,444%
353
(3)
 78.244%
1760.5
1.300,00 EUR
 4 Isabell Werth 
RFV Graf v.Schmettow Eversael e.V.
  211 Don Johnson 14
G / Hann / B / 2002 / Don Frederico / Warkant / 102MB43 / B: Winter-Schulze,Madeleine  / Z: Meyer,Ulrike
 75,000%
337.500
(4)
 77,333%
348
(4)
 75,444%
339.500
(4)
 79,444%
357.500
(3)
 75,667%
340.500
(4)
 76.578%
1723
1.000,00 EUR
 5 Monica Theodorescu 
RFV Warendorf e.V.
  566 Whisper 128
G / Württ / F / 1998 / Welt Hit I O / Weltstar / GER26878 / B: Linsenhoff,Ann Kathrin  / Z: Wanner,Lothar
 73,111%
329
(5)
 73,222%
329.500
(5)
 73,889%
332.500
(5)
 74,222%
334
(5)
 72,556%
326.500
(6)
 73.400%
1651.5
800,00 EUR
 6 Laura Bechtolsheimer 
GREAT BRITAIN
  805 Andretti H
G / HANN / B / 1995 / Aarking xx / Cavalier / ITA08433 / B: Bechtolsheimer, Mr. & Mrs.  / Z: Hinrichs-Heinemann,Gunda
 72,889%
328
(6)
 72,000%
324
(7)
 73,556%
331
(6)
 72,556%
326.500
(6)
 73,444%
330.500
(5)
 72.889%
1640
600,00 EUR
 7 Emile Faurie 
GREAT BRITAIN
  230 Elemegardens Marquis
G / DK / B / 1999 / Michellino / Lucky Light / EST40062 / B: Vaughan,Joanne
 71,778%
323
(8)
 72,222%
325
(6)
 72,444%
326
(7)
 71,667%
322.500
(7)
 72,333%
325.500
(7)
 72.089%
1622
500,00 EUR
 8 Cathrine Rasmussen 
NORWAY
  248 Fernandez 12
G / Westf / F / 2000 / Florestan I / Weinberg / 103CD53 / B: Grewe,Stephan  / Z: Hobitz,Sandra
 70,889%
319
(9)
 71,778%
323
(8)
 71,667%
322.500
(9)
 71,222%
320.500
(9)
 71,556%
322
(9)
 71.422%
1607
500,00 EUR
 9 Hubertus Schmidt 
Reiterverein Altenautal e.V.
  895 Lento 5
S / HANN / B / 2000 / Lorentin I / Caletto II / GER42971 / B: Nagel-Thornau,Peter  / Z: Petersen,Uwe
 71,889%
323.500
(7)
 69,778%
314
(11)
 70,778%
318.500
(11)
 71,556%
322
(8)
 71,778%
323
(8)
 71.156%
1601
300,00 EUR
 10 Marcela Krinke-Susmelj 
SWITZERLAND
  031 smeyers Molberg
M / DK / B / 2001 / Michellino / Rambo / DEN40115 / B: Munkedal,Klaus  / Z: Atterupgaard,
 70,889%
319
(9)
 70,000%
315
(10)
 71,444%
321.500
(10)
 71,222%
320.500
(9)
 70,778%
318.500
(10)
 70.867%
1594.5
300,00 EUR
 11 Siril Helljesen 
NORWAY
  221 Dorina 953
M / DK / B / 2002 / / 102QL22 / B: Helljesen,Siril
 70,889%
319
(9)
 70,111%
315.500
(9)
 72,111%
324.500
(8)
 71,000%
319.500
(11)
 69,889%
314.500
(11)
 70.800%
1593
200,00 EUR
 12 Simon Missiaen 
BELGIUM
  550 Vradin
M / KWPN / B / 2002 / / 102YA81 / B: Missiaen,Roland
 66,556%
299.500
(14)
 66,000%
297
(14)
 69,111%
311
(13)
 68,000%
306
(12)
 68,444%
308
(12)
 67.622%
1521.5
200,00 EUR
 13 Dorothee Schneider 
Frankf.Turnierst.Schw.Gelb e.V
  267 Forward Looking
M / Westf / B / 2001 / Fidermark I / Dinard L / 102UG96 / B: Kippert,Gabriele  / Z: Heitmann Dr.,Jan
 67,222%
302.500
(12)
 67,222%
302.500
(13)
 69,222%
311.500
(12)
 65,556%
295
(14)
 68,222%
307
(13)
 67.489%
1518.5
100,00 EUR
 14 Sabine Becker 
RG Ober-Castrop e.V.
  325 Lamarc WRT
G / Old / Db / 1996 / Leggiero / Kronprinz xx / GER41542 / B: Becker,Sabine  / Z: Torhorst,Gerold
 66,667%
300
(13)
 68,222%
307
(12)
 66,667%
300
(14)
 67,556%
304
(13)
 65,889%
296.500
(14)
 67.000%
1507.5
100,00 EUR
 15 Cecilia Dorselius 
SWEDEN
  339 Lennox 320
G / Westf / Db / 1999 / Laurentianer / Florestan I / 102SA31 / B: Svedala Ridcenter HB,  / Z: Thiemann,Christoph
 61,333%
276
(15)
 60,778%
273.500
(15)
 61,667%
277.500
(15)
 60,222%
271
(15)
 62,111%
279.500
(15)
 61.222%
1377.5
100,00 EUR