Charlotte Dujardin and Freestyle Capture British National Championships, Runner-Up on Gio
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HARTPURY, England, Dec. 23, 2020–Charlotte Dujardin on Mount St. John Freestyle clinched the British championships with scores edging closer to those she produced on the now-retired Valegro that still stand as world records. The 35-year-old rider, national champion for the second time since 2015, placed second in both competitions on Gio.
Charlotte and the 11-year-old Hanoverian mare owned by Emma Blundell posted a score of 90.200% for the musical performance after scoring 83.040% in the Grand Prix. The scores were combined for one national championship award that was judged by a panel of five British officials.
Charlotte, 35 years old, and Freestyle that competed for Britain at the 2018 World Equestrian Games but was eliminated from the 2019 European Championships are ranked No. 5 in the world. The duo did not begin competing at international level until after the retirement from competition of Valegro following a gold medal performance at the 2016 Olympics.
The results for Charlotte and Gio, a nine-year-old KWPN gelding, were 88.050% in the Freestyle and 79.100% in the Grand Prix.
Carl Hester, her coach and mentor, placed third on En Vogue in both classes, 86.475% in the Freestyle and 77.100% in the Grand Prix.
“What a way to start my Christmas.” Charlotte told Horse and Hound magazine after the ride. “Freestyle had a lot of pressure to take on the role of Valegro, but this year was really good for her because she went to training shows.”
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