Charlotte Dujardin & Valegro in New Olympic Freestyle Scores 90.625% in Farewell Performance at Home

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Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro score 90.625% in performance of new Olympic Freestyle in final competition before leaving for Rio de Janeiro. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro score 90.625% in performance of new Olympic Freestyle in final competition before leaving for Rio de Janeiro. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

HARTPURY, England, July 9, 2016–Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro performed their new Olympic Freestyle at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage Saturday night, scoring 90.625 per cent nefore a home crowd that came to farewell Great Britain’s team going to the Rio de Janeiro Games.

Charlotte, holder of the world record freestyle score of 94.300 per cent with Valegro, received the final music just hours before the performance that was created by Tom Hunt who produced the pair’s gold medal winning performance at London in 2012.

The music had a Rio Carnival flavor mixed with British sounds, unlike the London Olympic music of a theme that was recognizably British including Big Ben tones.

Carl Hester on Nip Tuck, Fiona Bigwood on Orthilia and Spencer Wilton on Super Nova II who will be team mates of Charlotte and the 14-year-old KWPN gelding at Rio, are also competing here.

Three judges awarded the pair 95 per cent for artistic with four of the five giving a total above 91 per cent while Peter Holler of Germany at C marked the duo at 86.500 per cent.

Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro at the end of their new Olympic freestyle. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro at the end of their new Olympic freestyle. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle