Charlotte Dujardin Joins the Cavalry…briefly

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Charlotte Dujardin riding the Household Cavalry's Integrity in Hyde Park, London.
Charlotte Dujardin riding the Household Cavalry’s Integrity in Hyde Park, London.

LONDON, Dec. 4, 2013–Charlotte Dujardin, world No. 1 and double Olympic gold medalist, went back to the roots of her sport Wednesday by riding with the Household Cavalry in Hyde Park, London.

Charlotte, who will compet at Olympia, the London International Horse Show on Dec. 16-17, rode Integrity, a Cavalry Black who is one of the lead horses in the Household Cavalry parades. The Household Cavalry is the official bodyguard of Queen Elizabeth.

The London 2012 gold medalist, shortlisted for this year’s Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Year Award, said: “It is a true privilege to go back to the roots of the sport that has given me so much joy and an honor to ride a well known Cavalry Black horse.

“It is so interesting to experience how the sport of dressage has developed from the military and how they use the same skills of training that have been integral to the cavalry throughout history. These same skills are required between horse and rider even today to exhibit the grace and technique in a dressage competition.”

Charlotte hopes to repeat as the winner of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup dressage event.