Charlotte Dujardin & Uthopia Above 80% in Winning Saumur CDI3* Freestyle
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SAUMUR, France, May 5–Charlotte Dujardin started Uthopia right from where her Olympic gold medal team mate and coach left off by winning the Concours de Dressage CDI3* Freestyle Sunday with a score of 81.600 per cent in the partnership’s debut show.
Charlotte, who won both team and individual gold at last summer’s Olympics in London–she riding Valegro and Carl on Uthopia–won the Grand Prix on Friday with a score of 72.255 per cent in their first CDI together.
Carl Hester and Fine Time 13 received a score of 74.400 per cent in the Freestyle for second place, the same position as in the Grand Prix with a result of 69.872 per cent.
French star Jessica Michel on Riwera were third with 74.025 per cent on Sunday following their third place in the Grand Prix with 69.064 per cent.
Charlotte took over the ride on Uthopia, a 12-year-old KWPN stallion (Metall x Odelia x Inspekteur), when Valegro was put up for sale after the Olympics and Carl turned his focus to Dances With Wolves that, at this same competition, he notched his fifth straight win and Fine Time, a 12-year-old Westfalen stallion he moved up to international Grand Prix this year.
Carl’s first Grand Prix Freestyle with Uthopia, at Hickstead, England in 2011, was awarded 81.600 per cent and their highest Freestyle score was 84.179 per cent at the European Championships the same year.
Uthopia is listed on the International Equestran Federation’s database as owned by Carl and Sasha Stewart, an Irish real estate developer whose firm went broke in the economic collapse. The horse was to have been shown by Charlotte in their first CDI at Addington, England a month ago but withdrew because of an outbreak of equine herpes virus..
Uthopia’s ownership has been complicated by the financial issues, according to published reports in Europe.
Carl is an owner of both Uthopia and Valegro. Charlotte has been a longtime student and assistant trainer of Carl’s.