Charlotte Dujardin Posts Personal Best on Freestyle to Win Keysoe CDI3* Grand Prix, Places 2nd in International Debut on Gio

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Charlotte Dujardin and Mount St. John Freestyle. File photo. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

KEYSOE, England, Oct. 9, 2020–Charlotte Dujardin rode Mount St. John Freestyle to victory in the CDI3* Grand Prix Friday with the rider’s highest score since Valegro at the 2016 Olympics and placed second in the international debut of the nine-year-old Gio she found in California four years ago.

Charlotte and Freestyle, an 11-year-old Hanoverian mare (Fidermark x Donnerhall), scored 83.196% for in their second Big Tour competition this year and in Great Britain’s first international dressage event in seven months as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The last event in Britain was at this same show grounds in mid-March–six CDIs until now were canceled.

Her ride on Freestyle produced nine marks of 10, seven in piaffe/passage movements, and beat the pair’s previous best of 81.956% set in January that was their last CDI before this event. She and Valegro scored 85.071% in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Grand Prix.

On Gio, the nine-year-old KWPN gelding, Charlotte was second on a score of 79.348% with two of the five judges awarding marks above 80%.

Charlotte bought Gio (Apache x Tango) when the horse and rider Amelie Kovac were a last-minute substitute in a master class the British Olympic individual gold medalist at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics was giving in California. Amelie moved from Europe to California in 2012 and had imported Gio from the Netherlands.

Charlotte was so taken with the horse she bought Gio virtually on the spot. The horse is nicknamed Pumpkin for his bright orange color.

Gareth Hughes on his British team 2019 European Championship team mount Classic Briolinca placed third on a personal best 77.674%. Their previous best was 76.351% logged at the Europeans last year.

Carl Hester, Charlotte’s long time coach, was fourth on En Vogue on 76.500%. The 11-year-old KWPN gelding, owned by Charlotte, was also making its international debut.

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix

Judges: E: Peter Holler-GER H: Clive Halsall-GBR C: Lars Andersson-SWE M: Freddy Leyman-BEL B: Raphaël Saleh-FRA

Pl.   Rider   Horse  Sex / Studbook / Color / Born / Sire x Dam sire / Breeder / Owner E H C M B Total
1     Mount St John Freestyle Mare / HANN / Dark Brown / 2009 / Fidermark x Donnerhall 11 / Kurz, Stephan / Emma Blundell, Jill Blundell 80.978    1 84.565    1 83.804 1 83.370    1 83.261    1 83.196
2     Gio    Gelding / KWPN / Chestnut / 2011 / Apache x Tango / H J De Jong, A Valk / Charlotte Dujardin, Renai Hart 80.870   2 82.283   2 79.457 2 75.870   4 78.261    3 79.348
3     Classic Briolinca    Mare / KWPN / Bright Bay / 2006 / Trento B x Royal Dance / Gebr Van Der Steen, Den Dungen / Julia Hornig, Gareth Hughes, Rebecca Hughes, Ruby Hughes 78.152    3 79.348    3 77.717  3 74.783    5 78.370   2 77.674
4     En Vogue   Gelding / KWPN / Bay / 2009 / / A Van De Goor / Charlotte Dujardin 75.543    5 78.152    4 75.870 4 76.630    3 76.304   4 76.500
5     Erlentanz Tsf    Gelding / TRAK / Bay / 2007 / Latimer x Benz / Ingrid Lejeune Dirichlet / Sonnar Murray Brown 75.652    4 75.761    5 73.152  6 76.739    2 76.196     5 75.500
6     Rubin Al Asad    Gelding / HANN / Bay / 2002 / Rubin Royal Old x Wanderbursch II / Hans-Hermann Wiemer, Ovelgoenne / Ursula Bechtolsheimer, Laura Tomlinson 74.783    6 71.848    7 70.761 8 72.826    6 73.804   6 72.804
Not placed
7     Dono Di Maggio Old   Gelding / OLDBG / Bay / 2007 / Dimaggio x Santander H / Heinisch, Gabriele / Theodora Livanos, Emile Faurie 72.283    7 71.522    8 73.804 5 72.065    7 73.261    7 72.587
8     Kk Woodstock           Gelding / BAD-WÜ / Dark Bay / 2006 / Wolkentanz II / Matthias Schönenberger / Claudine Kroll, Jessica Kroll, Martin Kroll, Gareth Hughes 72.065   8 73.043   6 72.065 7 70.109    8 72.609   8 71.978
9     Sambuca    Mare / BE/SIES / Brown / 2009 / Samarant x Limmerick / Heike Holstein / Jake Bell, William Bell 69.848 10 69.630  10 69.522 9 69.087  10 66.913 13 69.000
10     Half Moon Dark Magic Gelding / BHHS / Black / 2009 / Dimaggio / Julie Deverill / Nicola Buchanan 70.000  9 70.000   9 68.478 11 68.370 12 67.500 10 68.870
11     Into The Blue    Gelding / AES / Roan / 2006 / Ublesco x Calvaro Z / John & Clare Whitaker / Louise Anne Bell, Tonya Wood, John Walton, Alison Walton, William Wood 68.370  11 68.696  11 67.935 13 70.000   9 67.283  11 68.457
12     Grand Voice Jrmf     Stallion / KWPN / Black (Noir) / 2011 / Charmeur x Voice / / Sarl Elevage Des Deux Charmes 64.022 16 67.174   13 69.457 10 69.022  11 68.696   9 67.674
13     Saskia Hit       Mare / OLDBG / Darkbay / 2005 / Sandro Hit x Akzent I / Liz Diegutis / Elizabeth Diegutis 67.500 13 67.500  12 67.391 14 67.935  13 67.283  11 67.522
14     Dacor           Gelding / HANN / Bay / 2009 / Dancier x Cordoba / Herbert Meyer / Mikaele Soratie 68.370 11 66.087 16 67.283 15 67.609 14 65.326 15 66.935
15     Boheme af Sulsted    Gelding / DWB / Chestnut / 2004 / Bernstein Las Marismas x Mar-KI / Inge Og Peder Dahl, Sulsted / Keith Robertson 65.870 15 66.848 15 65.978 18 67.283  15 65.326 15 66.261
16     Libertino     Gelding / WESTF / Grey / 2010 / Lancer III x Cornet Obolensky / Gestut Zhaschkow / Libertino Syndicate, Mojca Usnik 63.804 17 63.587 18 68.261 12 66.848 16 65.217  17 65.543
17     Dutchman     Gelding / KWPN / Bay / 2008 / Jazz / J. Muilwijk / Alex Baker, Carol Baker, Tim Baker, Daniel Champion 61.848 21 67.065 14 66.196 17 66.413  18 65.978 14 65.500
18     Robinvale     Gelding / BHHS / Bay / 2007 / Rubinero 2 x Wittinger / Pidgley, Tony & Sarah / Livanos Theodora 62.935 19 65.435  17 67.283 15 66.848 16 64.565 18 65.413
19     Chevalier O      Gelding / KWPN / Bay / 2007 / Lord Leatherdale x Negro / M.A.C. Oostendorp, Snelrewaard / Juliet Leighton 62.391 20 61.848 19 61.739 21 61.957  22 63.696 19 62.326
20     Little Richard         Gelding / BHHS / Bay / 2001 / Longchamp x Davignon I / Lynne Crowden / Elder Klatzko 63.261 18 61.522 20 61.848 20 63.696 20 60.870 21 62.239
21     Cadens        Gelding / HANN / Bay / 2007 / / Dr. Carsten Haack / Rachel Dowley 58.913 22 60.870 21 63.804 19 64.565 19 62.065 20 62.043
22     Cleverboy     Gelding / KWPN / Black / 2007 / / G Gijsbers / Bronte Watson 66.522 14 57.609 22 60.109 22 63.261 21 57.826 22 61.065
23     Dior       Stallion / KWPN / Chestnut / 2008 / I.P.S. Gribaldi x Goodtimes / A. Veenhof Azn, Gieten / Sam Geddes           RET