Charlotte Dujardin & Mount St. John Freestyle Near Best Score to Win Olympia World Cup Freestyle

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Charlotte Dujardin riding Mount St. John Freestyle to victory at the London Olympia World Cup. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

LONDON, Dec. 17, 2019–Charlotte Dujardin rode Mount St. John Freestyle to near a personal best score to win the Olympia World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle Tuesday night and move closer to a start at the Final in Las Vegas in April.

Charlotte and the 10-year-old Hanoverian mare scored 87.520% –just 0.80% off the British pair’s best set in July–dancing to the music from “Frozen” before a crowd jampacked into the century-old Olympia.

Carl Hester on Hawtins Delicato posted a personal best of 84.470%, putting behind him a disappointing result at the European Championships earlier this year. The pair’s previous best was 76.825% in Windsor this year.

Charlotte Fry, the 23-year-old rider, and Everdale completed the British sweep of the top three places, also with a personal best 82.260% in only the pair’s second senior musical performance.

Carl Hester and Hawtins Delicato in the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle at London Olympia. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The win by Charlotte and Freestyle was the second World Cup victory this season–and only the duo’s second indoor–in their campaign to return to Las Vegas where the rider on Valegro won the Final in 2015, a year after capturing their first title.

“This was her third ever freestyle,” Charlotte said. “The crowd felt even closer than last night and it was quite a difficult floor plan. She really tried and listened to me. I couldn’t ask for more. I’ve had my highs and lows this year and it is great to end the year with such a positive ride.”

Carl Hester was disappointed with his performance on Monday, but after the musical performance said: “What a difference a day makes. I have a big smile today. [Hawtins Delicato]’s last freestyle was at the European Championships this summer, where he had a meltdown. What a way to finish the season.”

Under-25 European Champion Lottie Fry, who rode to music she received just a week ago, was still pinching herself after Monday’s third place. “I don’t think it’s sunk in yet and it won’t sink in for quite a while,” she said. “We trained hard in the lead up to Olympia and everything fell into place. I dare to dream that next year will be an exciting year.”

Germany’s Frederic Wandres on Duke of Britain, the winner of the Freestyle here a year ago, placed fourth on 82.550%–another best result–that vaulted the pair to the top of the Western European League standings.

Charlotte Fry and Everdale at Olympia World Cup. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

CDI-W World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle

Judges: Francis Verbeek van Rooy Isabelle Judet Andrew Gardner Katrina Wüst Stephen Clarke
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 87.520 GBR Charlotte Dujardin Mount St John Freestyle 88.825 87.225 87.075 86.025 88.450
2. 84.470 GBR Carl Hester Hawtins Delicato 85.525 83.100 85.775 83.150 84.800
3. 82.620 GBR Charlotte Fry Everdale 81.475 82.900 82.950 83.300 82.475
4. 82.550 GER Frederic Wandres Duke of Britain 78.350 82.725 84.975 81.600 85.100
5. 81.540 GBR Lara Butler Rubin Al Asad 81.950 83.225 80.825 80.875 80.825
6. 77.550 DEN Anders Dahl Fidelio van het Bloemenhof 76.900 77.300 79.525 75.950 78.075
7. 77.060 GBR Richard Davison Bubblingh 77.950 77.825 76.750 75.450 77.325
8. 76.900 GBR Gareth Hughes KK Woodstock 77.700 77.175 73.275 78.025 78.325
9. 76.060 GBR Louise Anne Bell Into the Blue 76.050 76.925 77.225 74.650 75.450
10. 75.310 NED Thamar Zweistra Hexagon’s Double Dutch 75.100 77.725 76.475 74.475 72.775
11. 73.075 POR João Miguel Torrao Equador 73.150 75.050 73.850 70.425 72.900
12. 72.415 BEL Simon Missiaen Charlie 72.150 73.225 73.400 71.700 71.600
13. 71.425 IRL Dane Rawlins Espoire 72.100 69.275 71.550 71.600 72.600
14. 71.245 SLO Mojca Usnik Libertino 69.500 73.375 72.175 70.725 70.450
15. 65.985 FIN Mikaela Soratie Dacor 62.925 67.825 67.300 66.375 65.500