Valegro’s Retirement Schedule at Olympia Dec. 13-14

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Charlotte Dujardin displaying individual Olympic gold medal won on Valegro at 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Charlotte Dujardin displaying individual Olympic gold medal won on Valegro at 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LONDON, Oct. 21–Valegro, the winner of three Olympic gold medals, will be formally retired at the London International Horse Show at Olympia on Wednesday Dec. 14.

To give fans an additional opportunity to pay tribute to the 14-year-old KWPN gelding, Carl Hester and rider Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro will participate in a question and answer session on Tuesday Dec. 13.

Valegro’s official retirement from competition will take place in the Grand Hall before the World Cup Freestyle. Charlotte and Valegro won the World Cup twice.

“Valegro is a once in a lifetime horse and owes us nothing,” Charlotte said. “I can’t wait to take him to Olympia and give him the send-off he deserves.”

Carl Hester said of the decision to retire Valegro at Olympia, “Valegro has done it all and we want him to go out in style! What better place than at Olympia–he loves the arena and being so close to the crowd. It is where he and Charlotte broke the world record in 2014 and it is the perfect place for our loyal British fans to say their farewell.”

The audience on opening night on Tuesday will be treated to a Q&A session with the trio.

The audience will be invited to submit their questions in advance and selected spectators will be able to ask the questions in person.

Simon Brooks-Ward, show director, commented: “We are honored that Charlotte and Carl have chosen Olympia as the place to retire Valegro. He is a true legend of equestrian sport and we will make sure that he has the perfect send-off. We wanted as many people as possible to have the opportunity to see Valegro and hope that his fans are able to make one of the performances.”

Tickets are available at www.olympiahorseshow.com.