Charlotte Dujardin Wins Windsor CDI4* Grand Prix With Erlentanz, Valegro Meets Queen Elizabeth II

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Valegro with Charlotte Dujardin aboard and Queen Elizabeth II meeting at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. Carl Hester is to the left. Photo: RWHS

WINDSOR, England, May 9, 2019–Charlotte Dujardin on Erlentanz was the dominating winner of the CDI4* Grand Prix Thursday but a highlight of the Royal Windsor Horse Show was Queen Elizabeth II visiting with Valegro, Charlotte and Carl Hester.

The queen, at 93 years of age and the longest reigning British monarch, clearly enjoyed the meeting with “Blueberry” at her castle 22 miles/33km from London where the show is being staged.

“There have been so many special moments with this horse,” Charlotte wrote on her Facebook page after the visit, “and then there is this. What an honor and a complete privilege…”

Charlotte, winner of gold at both London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics on Valegro now 17 years old, was competing Erlentanz in only the second CDI for the pair and posting their first victory.

Charlotte and the 12-year-old Trakehner gelding scored 78.087% for the win, less than two months after the pair’s debut CDI in England. Erlentanz is owned and previously competed internationally by Sonnar Murray Brown of Great Britain.

Carl Hester on Nip Tuck, his 2016 Olympic mount, placed second on 74.304%. This was the second CDI back for Carl and the 14-year-old KWPN gelding that competed at the 2014 World Equestrian Games and the 2015 and 2017 European Championships, the 2017 World Cup Final in Omaha as well as the Olympics before a 20-month break.

Richard Davison on Bubblingh was third on 72.978% to complete a British sweep of the top three places.

Carl made it clear he will campaign for a place on Great Britain’s team for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo that will be the sixth Games for the rider, who will be 53 years old at the time, most likely with Hawtins Delicato that he rode at the 2018 Tryon World Equestrian Games for team bronze.

“I said ‘never again’ after both London and Rio, as you do, but it’s all about being prepared for that commitment for four years leading up to a Games. You do them one at a time and I am aiming for next year. A sixth Games would be great,” he told the Metro newspaper.

Asked how much longer he expects to compete, Carl replied: “Who knows? There are people in equestrian older than me. On my own it would be hard to keep my motivation up, so I’m lucky to have Charlotte Dujardin with me and she is fantastic. She was very young when she came to work with me–we’re now 12 years and several Olympics later.

“We are very different. She gives me a kick up the a** and I calm her down! We’re opposites and that’s why it works.”

Results:

CDI4* Grand Prix

Judges-E: Maria Colliander-FIN H: Peter Storr-GBR C: Katrina Wuest-GER M: Marietta Almasy-FRA B: Stephen Clarke-GBR

Rank CNR HORSE – Breeding
sex\color\born\sire x siredam\
Nat. E H C M B Total
RIDER
owner
Rank Rank Rank Rank Rank
1 104 ERLENTANZ – TRAK
G \ Bay \ 2007
GBR
74.674 80.326 77.826 76.522 81.087 78.087
Charlotte  DUJARDIN
Sonnar MURRAY BROWN
( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 )
2 105 NIP TUCK – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 2004 \ DON RUTO x ANIMO
GBR
72.826 75.000 72.717 75.000 75.978 74.304
Carl  HESTER
Mr C Hester, Miss Jane De La Mare
( 2 ) ( 3 ) ( 3 ) ( 2 ) ( 2 )
3 103 BUBBLINGH – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 2006 \ LINGH x PICANDT
GBR
69.022 76.087 73.913 72.935 72.935 72.978
Richard  DAVISON
Mrs G Meyer, Mr R Davison
( 5 ) ( 2 ) ( 2 ) ( 3 ) ( 3 )
4 102 INTO THE BLUE – AES
G \ Bay \ 2006 \ UBLESCO x CALVARO Z
GBR
69.565 71.304 71.848 71.413 68.913 70.609
Louise Anne  BELL
Mrs Louise Bell
( 3 ) ( 4 ) ( 4 ) ( 4 ) ( 6 )
5 109 SAMBUCA
M \ Brown \ 2009 \ SAMARANT
IRL
69.022 71.304 71.304 67.609 72.609 70.370
Heike  HOLSTEIN
Heike HOLSTEIN
( 5 ) ( 4 ) ( 5 ) ( 8 ) ( 4 )
6 110 CHUPPY CHECKER CL – KWPN
G \ Blackbay \ 2007 \ OSMIUM
NED
68.696 70.761 70.435 68.587 67.609 69.217
Tommie  VISSER
Stoeterij de Begijnhoeve & Lincom Stables & W.J. Scholte
( 7 ) ( 6 ) ( 6 ) ( 6 ) ( 9 )
7 111 TRIBIANI – NWB
G \ Chestnut \ 2004 \ S. LANDTINUS DVH 674 x LANDADEL
SGP
69.130 69.022 66.848 67.826 69.457 68.457
Caroline  CHEW
Melanie CHEW, Tony CHEW
( 4 ) ( 7 ) ( 8 ) ( 7 ) ( 5 )
8 107 RUSTIQUE – DWB
G \ Grey \ 2002 \ HESLEGÅRD´S RUBIN x MIDT-WEST IBI-LIGHT
DEN
67.935 68.370 66.196 70.217 66.848 67.913
Mai  TOFTE OLESEN
BIRGIT MEISTER, MAI & HENRIK TOFTE OLESEN
( 8 ) ( 8 ) ( 9 ) ( 5 ) ( 10 )
9 108 ESPOIRE – WESTF
G \ Bay \ 2009 \ EHRENMANN
IRL
64.130 66.630 67.826 66.304 68.152 66.609
Dane  RAWLINS
Dane Rawlins
( 10 ) ( 10 ) ( 7 ) ( 9 ) ( 7 )
10 101 MANGO JACARO
S \ Bay \ 2005 \ RONDEÑO IX
GBR
66.196 67.391 65.000 65.217 67.717 66.304
Vicky  THOMPSON WINFIELD
Sam Francis
( 9 ) ( 9 ) ( 10 ) ( 11 ) ( 8 )
11 106 KOM RAGDOLL – FWB
M \ Bay \ 2004 \ PLAYBOY 107 x TOLSTOY 701 SWE
FIN
61.957 61.522 62.283 65.435 63.587 62.957
Niina  NILOSAARI
Nilosaari Niina
( 11 ) ( 11 ) ( 11 ) ( 10 ) ( 11 )