Charlotte Dujardin & Valegro Set World Record Grand Prix Score at London Olympia

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Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro competing in the Olympic Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LONDON, Dec. 17–Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro set a world record score of 84.447 per cent for the Grand Prix at London Olympia Monday night in their first competition since winning team and individual gold medals at the summer Olympics and eight months after claiming the record for the Special.

The record beat the previous best of of 84.045 per cent established by Edward Gal and Totilas at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010 and came in the Grand Prix at the World Cup event at the International Horse Show in London.

The 27-year-old rider and the 10-year-old KWPN gelding (Negro x Maifleur x Gerschwin) who this year became the first British combination to hold the world’s No. 1 ranking, was awarded 12 marks of 10 by the five-judge panel.

The performance was dominating–almost eight percentage points higher than the second place, German star Isabell Werth and Don Johnson FRH on 76.362 per cent and Edward Gal and his Olympic mount, Glock’s Undercover, on 76.128 per cent.

And Carl Hester, Charlotte’s trainer, mentor, part-owner of Valegro and Olympic team mate, rode his Uthopia to a score of 71.128 per cent to place sixth.

Charlotte and Valegro established the Grand Prix Special world record of 88.022 per cent at Horses & Dreams in Hagen, Germany in April this year as preparation for the Olympics in her homeland where they won all three phases of the dressage competition–the Grand Prix (83.663 per cent) and the Special (83.226 per cent) that made up the Nations Cup competition and the Freestyle (90.089 per cent).

The Freestyle, the only record still held by Edward and Totilas, will be staged Tuesday night for points to count toward the Western European League of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Final scheduled for Gothenburg, Sweden in April.

The Freestyle record of 92.300 per cent by the Dutch combination was set aptly at this same event three years ago almost to the day, Dec. 15, 2009.

Charlotte has not announced whether she will seek to start in the World Cup Final as both Valegro and Uthopia are for sale. This was the first of the eight events in the Western European League in which Charlotte and Valegro have started. Olympia is the fifth qualifier.

The British duo’s climb to the top began in March, 2011 with the first international CDI.

In the 21 months since, the pair competed at 10 shows before the Olympics–from Hartpury, England, just minutes from their base at Carl Hester’s Gloucestershire training center, across the Atlantic to Florida’s winter circuit to Horses & Dreams meets Great Britain at Hagen in April where they set the world record for the Grand Prix Special.

RESULTS

Placed competitors (E) (H) (C) (M) (B) Total
 
1. 7 Valegro Dujardin, Charlotte GBR 2700 EUR 401.5 383.5 402.5 409.5 387.5 1984.5 points show score sheet
bay 10y.G /Negro/Gerschwin/KWPN/102UB51/ Mr C Hester, Mrs R Luard 85.426 % 81.596 % 85.638 % 87.128 % 82.447 % 84.447 %
1. 1. 1. 1. 1.
 
2. 10 Don Johnson FRH Werth, Isabell GER 2000 EUR 356.5 352.5 368.5 360.0 357.0 1794.5 points show score sheet
bay 11y.G /Don Frederico/Warkant/HANN/102MB43/ Winter-Schulze, Madeleine 75.851 % 75.000 % 78.405 % 76.596 % 75.958 % 76.362 %
3. 2. 2. 2. 3.
 
3. 14 Glock’s Undercover Gal, Edward NED 1300 EUR 365.0 351.5 364.5 348.5 359.5 1789.0 points show score sheet
black 11y.G /Ferro/Donnerhall/KWPN/103MH20/ GHPC Holding BV 77.660 % 74.788 % 77.554 % 74.149 % 76.490 % 76.128 %
2. 3. 3. 3. 2.
 
4. 18 Santana Telde, Minna SWE 1000 EUR 342.5 334.0 342.0 333.5 346.0 1698.0 points show score sheet
black 11y.S /Sandro Hit/Rubinstein I/HANN/SWE40105/ Minna Telde Ab / Berit Telde 72.872 % 71.064 % 72.766 % 70.957 % 73.617 % 72.255 %
4. 5. 5. 7. 4.
 
5. 3 Schianto Johansen, Sidsel DEN 900 EUR 337.5 338.0 348.5 329.0 329.0 1682.0 points show score sheet
bay 13y.G /Gribaldi/Schwadroneur/DWB/DEN02780/ Jorgen Rosbog 71.808 % 71.914 % 74.148 % 70.000 % 70.000 % 71.574 %
5. 4. 4. 10. 6.
 
6. 9 Uthopia Hester, Carl GBR 800 EUR 334.0 334.0 333.0 332.0 338.5 1671.5 points show score sheet
bay 11y.S /Metall/Inspekteur/KWPN/GBR40907/ Mr Carl Hester 71.064 % 71.064 % 70.851 % 70.639 % 72.022 % 71.128 %
7. 5. 8. 9. 5.
 
7. 15 Toots Schellekens-Bartels, Imke NED 700 EUR 328.5 328.0 338.0 335.0 328.5 1658.0 points show score sheet
12y.G /Jazz/Havidoff/KWPN/102UD15/ T.Bartels & J.Schellekens 69.893 % 69.787 % 71.915 % 71.276 % 69.893 % 70.553 %
10. 9. 6. 5. 8.
 
8. 13 BMC Miciano van Baalen, Marlies NED 300 EUR 328.5 319.0 334.5 332.5 327.5 1642.0 points show score sheet
chest 11y.G /Medici/Dialekt/WESTF/102NX68/ J.M.J. van Baalen-Dorresteyn & J. H 69.893 % 67.872 % 71.170 % 70.744 % 69.681 % 69.872 %
10. 11. 7. 8. 9.
 
8. 8 Half Moon Delphi Eilberg, Michael George GBR 300 EUR 332.5 331.0 330.5 319.0 329.0 1642.0 points show score sheet
grey 10y.M /Dimaggio/West Wall/103LB61/ Mr Jon and Mrs Julie Deverill 70.744 % 70.425 % 70.319 % 67.872 % 70.000 % 69.872 %
8. 8. 10. 12. 6.
 
Other, non-placed competitors
 
10. 1 Sandro Boy Oatley, Lyndal AUS 325.5 325.5 333.0 335.0 319.0 1638.0 points show score sheet
bay 11y.S /Sandro Hit/Argentinus/OLDBG/103FQ47/ Oatley, Carol u. Andrew 69.255 % 69.255 % 70.851 % 71.276 % 67.872 % 69.702 %
12. 10. 8. 5. 12.
 
11. 5 Pasoa Crisp, Nikki GBR 331.5 332.5 323.5 326.0 321.5 1635.0 points show score sheet
bay 15y.M /Damocles/Hamilton/KWPN/GBR42285/ Miss N Crisp 70.531 % 70.744 % 68.829 % 69.361 % 68.404 % 69.574 %
9. 7. 11. 11. 10.
 
12. 16 Pro – Set Jebsen, Lillann NOR 335.0 318.0 317.5 337.5 319.5 1627.5 points show score sheet
bay 15y.S /Jetset-D/Flemmingh/KWPN/GBR13819/ Elisif Sommechield/Gustav Jebsen 71.276 % 67.659 % 67.553 % 71.808 % 67.978 % 69.255 %
6. 12. 12. 4. 11.
 
13. 2 Vradin Missiaen, Simon BEL 322.5 313.0 317.0 317.0 310.5 1580.0 points show score sheet
bay 10y.M /Gribaldi/Michelangelo/KWPN/102YA81/ Missiaen Roland 68.617 % 66.596 % 67.447 % 67.447 % 66.064 % 67.234 %
13. 13. 13. 13. 13.
 
14. 4 Weltzin Biggs, Hannah GBR 311.5 295.0 313.0 315.0 301.5 1536.0 points show score sheet
chest 13y.S /Weltbogen/Werther/HANN/GBR42668/ Hannah Biggs 66.277 % 62.766 % 66.596 % 67.022 % 64.149 % 65.362 %
14. 15. 14. 14. 15.
 
15. 17 World Performance Washington Principe, Luis POR 306.5 303.0 305.5 305.0 301.5 1521.5 points show score sheet
bay 13y.S /Wolkenstein/Windhuk/HANN/POR40367/ Luis Principe 65.213 % 64.468 % 65.000 % 64.894 % 64.149 % 64.745 %
15. 14. 15. 15. 15.
 
16. 11 Sydney Rawlins, Dane IRL 296.5 282.5 301.0 295.5 284.0 1459.5 points show score sheet
bay 13y.M /Linaro/Calypso II/HOLST/GBR14528/ Dame Pauline Harris & Dane Rawlins 63.085 % 60.106 % 64.042 % 62.872 % 60.425 % 62.106 %
16. 17. 16. 17. 17.
 
17. 12 Has to Be Fun Truesdale, Yvette IRL 287.5 288.5 282.0 296.0 302.0 1456.0 points show score sheet
bay 15y.S /Welt Hit II/Landadel/OLDBG/IRL03436/ J. Burgess 61.170 % 61.383 % 60.000 % 62.978 % 64.255 % 61.957 %
17. 16. 17. 16. 14.
 
Data of competition:
 
 Judges: (E)  A.Gardner (GBR)  Total prize money:
€10,000
(H)  L.Tornblad (DEN)
(C)  K.Wuest (GER)
(M)  S.Clarke (GBR)
(B)  F.Verbeek (NED)