Charlotte Dujardin to Hold First U.S. Symposium in Los Angeles in March

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Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, Olympic team and individual gold medal winners at the 2012 London Olympics. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, Olympic team and individual gold medal winners at the 2012 London Olympics. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Charlotte Dujardin, double Olympic and European Championships gold medal winner and world No. 1 with Valegro, will hold her first symposium in the United States at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, California Mar. 8-9.

“I am so excited to come to the U.S.,” said the 28-year-old British team rider. “With the increasing popularity of the sport, I am looking forward to seeing some great riders, and to teach what could be the next generation of international riders is a real privilege.”

Charlotte works with Carl Hester who, with Roly Luard, owns Valegro, a KWPN gelding now 12 years old.

She first began competing Valegro internationally in 2011 and since then won team gold at the European Championships the same year, led her nation to their first ever Olympic dressage medal by winning team as well as individual gold medals at the 2012 London Games and took the two individual golds at the 2013 Europeans.

Along the way, the pair set world records at all three Grand Prix levels–Grand Prix, Special and Freestyle.

Her only competition in the U.S. was at the CDI4* in Florida in January, 2012 where she and Valegro finished second to Steffen Peters of San Diego, California on Ravel.

Glenda McElroy, the organizer of several CDIs in California and co-organizer of the symposium, said: “If you look around at who is new, fresh, interesting, and undoubtedly successful, it’s Charlotte–it’s the perfect timing for her to come to the States, because she’s the best in the world right now.”

Tickets are available at http://www.thedressagelife.com/