Valegro “Feels Great” & Ready to Defend World Cup Title–Charlotte Dujardin

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Valegro being worked lightly by Charlotte Dujardin in their first ride in the Thomas & Mack Center where they will defend their World Cup title. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Valegro being worked lightly by Charlotte Dujardin in their first ride in the Thomas & Mack Center where they will defend their World Cup title. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LAS VEGAS, April 13, 2015–Valegro “feels great,” Charlotte Dujardin said Monday night after a light workout in the Thomas & Mack Center where the pair will defend their World Cup title this week.

“I didn’t come all this way not to do our best,” the British Olympic and World Games gold medalist told dressage-news.

“This is the first time I’ve been able to ride him in three days. We don’t know how he will handle the heat. But right now he feels great.”

Valegro like the other European dressage and jumper horses flew from Amsterdam last Saturday and were placed in 48-hour quarantine “lockdown” on arrival in Las Vegas for the 30th dressage World Cup Final. The horses are housed in tent stabling. Temperatures will reach a high of 90 degrees fahrenheit (32.2C) in this desert city over the next six days.

Charlotte and the 13-year-old KWPN gelding that hold all three Grand Prix level world records, won the World Cup, the annual individual global championship, in their first attempt at Lyon, France last year.

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro taking a break in their ride in the Thomas & Mark Center preparing to defend their World Cup title. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro taking a break with groom Alan Davies while preparing to defend their World Cup title. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Germany's Jessica von Bredow Werndl on Unee BB getting ready for the duo's second World Cup Final. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Germany’s Jessica von Bredow Werndl on Unee BB getting ready for the duo’s second World Cup Final. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Inessa Merkulova of Russia on the talented Mister X. 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Inessa Merkulova of Russia on the talented Mister X. 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Edward Gal on Glock's Undercover. The Dutch rider won the World Cup Grand Prix on Lingh in the first dual championships at this Thomas & Mack Center in 2005. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Edward Gal on Glock’s Undercover. The Dutch rider won the World Cup Grand Prix on Lingh in the first dual championships at this Thomas & Mack Center in 2005. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Steffen Peters on Rosamunde. He will compete the eight-year-old mare in an invitational event and will ride Legolas in the World Cup Final. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Steffen Peters on Rosamunde. He will compete the eight-year-old mare in an invitational event and will ride Legolas in the World Cup Final. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Agnete Kirk Thinggaard of Denmark on JoJo AZ. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Agnete Kirk Thinggaard of Denmark on JoJo AZ. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Mikala Gundersen, the Florida-based Danish team rider, on My Lady preparing for their second successive World Cup Final. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Mikala Gundersen, the Florida-based Danish team rider, on My Lady preparing for their second successive World Cup Final. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com