Charlotte Dujardin Rides Gio to Victory in Debut International Grand Prix Freestyle at Keysoe CDI3*

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Charlotte Duardin and Gio. File photo.

KEYSOE, England, Oct. 10, 2020–Charlotte Dujardin rode Gio, the horse she found at a California master class four years ago, to the pair’s first victory in their debut CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday night on a score that was higher than the first musical performance by Valegro 11 years ago.

Charlotte and the nine-year-old KWPN gelding scored 83.360% for the win, a day after placing second to Charlotte and Mount St. John Freestyle in the Grand Prix. Earlier Saturday, Charlotte and Freestyle, won the Grand Prix Special (see report http://dressage-news.com/2020/10/10/charlotte-dujardin-freestyle-win-keysoe-cdi3-grand-prix-special-on-another-personal-best-score/).

Scores for Charlotte and Gio, nicknamed Pumpkin for his bright orange color, ranged from a high of 84.500% to a low of 82.125%.

The first Big Tour Freestyle result for Valegro, that Charlotte rode to 2012 Olympic team and individual gold medals and 2016 team silver and individual gold, was 79.357% in the 2011 European Championships. At the London Olympia Christmas show four months later, the pair scored 83.700% in the Freestyle. Four years after Valegro’s retirement, the records the duo set in the Freestyle, 94.300% as well as for the Grand Prix and the Special remain unbroken.

Great Britain’s Lara Butler on Rubin Al Assad was awarded 77.455% for second place and Gareth Hughes on KK Woodstock third on 76.500%.

This CDI competition was the first in Britain since suspension imposed mid-March as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gio (Apache x Tango), that Charlotte owns along with Renai Hart of New Zealand, was found by Charlotte when she was giving a master class in Los Angeles.

Amelie Kovac, who had moved to California from Europe in 2012, was a last-minute substitute. Based in Moorpark, a northern suburb of Los Angeles, she had imported Gio from the Netherlands.

Charlotte was so taken with the horse she bought Gio virtually on the spot.
Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle

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

Pl.   Rider H.No Horse  Sex / Studbook / Color / Born / Sire x Dam sire / Breeder / Owner E H C M B Total
1   51 GioGelding / KWPN / Chestnut / 2011 / Apache x Tango / H J De Jong, A Valk / Charlotte Dujardin, Renai Hart 80.000                89.000                   84.500                               1 79.250       85.000                 82.125                              1 80.750                  84.000                       82.375                              1 81.250            86.000               83.625                          1 80.750             87.600                   84.175                               1 80.400               86.320                             83.360
2   47 Rubin Al AsadGelding / HANN / Bay / 2002 / Rubin Royal Old x Wanderbursch II / Hans-Hermann Wiemer, Ovelgoenne / Ursula Bechtolsheimer, Laura Tomlinson 73.000                78.800                      75.900                              2 73.500                80.000                    76.750                             3 76.500              78.000                    77.250                              2 76.500              81.000                78.750                          2 76.250           81.000                   78.625                             2 75.150                  79.760                             77.455
3   66 Kk WoodstockGelding / BAD-WÜ / Dark Bay / 2006 / Wolkentanz II / Matthias Schönenberger / Claudine Kroll, Jessica Kroll, Martin Kroll, Gareth Hughes 71.500                78.600                   75.050                              3 75.750              82.000                78.875                           2 73.250                78.000                   75.625                               3 72.750              78.000                 75.375                           3 73.750            81.400                    77.575                              3 73.400                   79.600                       76.500
Not placed
4   81 SambucaMare / BE/SIES / Brown / 2009 / Samarant x Limmerick / Heike Holstein / Jake Bell, William Bell 69.000                75.800                    72.400                              5 68.500             76.000                   72.250                           6 72.500                 76.000                   74.250                             4 71.000              75.000              73.000                           4 67.750              72.400                  70.075                             6 69.750                75.040                  72.395
5   45 Half Moon Dark MagicGelding / BHHS / Black / 2009 / Dimaggio / Julie Deverill / Nicola Buchanan 68.500                   76.800                      72.650                              4 70.000               78.000                      74.000                            5 72.250                   75.000                      73.625                              5 68.500              72.000                    70.250                            6 66.500                   71.400                      68.950                            7 69.150                 74.640                71.895
6   78 RobinvaleGelding / BHHS / Bay / 2007 / Rubinero 2 x Wittinger / Pidgley, Tony & Sarah / Livanos Theodora 67.500              73.600                    70.550                                6 70.250            78.000                  74.125                             4 65.750                  66.000                              65.875                             9 69.500             73.000                71.250                            5 71.000             78.000                   74.500                            4 68.800                    73.720                71.260
7   83 LibertinoGelding / WESTF / Grey / 2010 / Lancer III x Cornet Obolensky / Gestut Zhaschkow / Libertino Syndicate, Mojca Usnik 67.500              68.600                   68.050                               8 69.000                  72.000                             70.500                            7 68.000            68.000                     68.000                            6 67.750                            66.000                 66.875                           8 69.000               72.400                    70.700                            5 68.250                     69.400                 68.825
8   37 DacorGelding / HANN / Bay / 2009 / Dancier x Cordoba / Herbert Meyer / Mikaele Soratie 66.500              68.000                       67.250                              9 65.250                  70.000                    67.625                            9 66.500             66.000                   66.250                             8 65.250           67.000                 66.125                            9 67.500                         69.200                     68.350                              8 66.200               68.040                67.120
9   50 Saskia HitMare / OLDBG / Darkbay / 2005 / Sandro Hit x Akzent I / Liz Diegutis / Elizabeth Diegutis 64.000              72.200                   68.100                                 7 64.750               71.000                    67.875                            8 64.500               66.000                   65.250                          10 65.500               69.000                  67.250                            7 63.250                68.600                    65.925                             10 64.400               69.360              66.880
10   68 Little RichardGelding / BHHS / Bay / 2001 / Longchamp x Davignon I / Lynne Crowden / Elder Klatzko 63.000            66.600                  64.800                            10 63.500              68.000                65.750                           10 67.250             67.000                67.125                             7 63.000             65.000               64.000                         10 64.250             68.000                 66.125                            9 64.200            66.920          65.560