Charlotte Dujardin and Freestyle Capture British National Championships, Runner-Up on Gio

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

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.”

Results:

Grand Prix Freestyle

      Rider Horse                 Score Place    
      Charlotte Dujardin Mount St John Freestyle                 90.2 % 1    
 
      Charlotte Dujardin Gio                 88.05 % 2    
 
      Carl Hester En Vogue                 86.475 % 3    
 
      Sonnar Murray-Brown Erlentanz                 83.575 % 4    
 
      Laura Tomlinson Rose of Bavaria                 79.95 % 5    
 
      Lara Butler Rubin Al Asad                 79.675 % 6    
 
      Emile Faurie Dono Di MAGGIO                 78.725 % 7    
 
      Hayley Watson-Greaves WG Rubins Nite                 76.025 % 8    
 
      Becky Moody FAMKE PF                 74.925 % 9    
 
      Amy Woodhead Mount St. John Kom Fairytale                 74.775 % 10    
 
      Nicola Buchanan Half Moon Dark Magic                 72.725 % 11    
 
      Kate Cowell Samba Dancer                 72.65 % 12    
 
      Nikki Barker Durable                 71.9 % 13    
 
      Lisa Marriott Valucio                 70.725 % 14    
 
      Dan Greenwood Chevalier-O                 67.975 % 15    

Grand Prix

         
      Rider Horse                 Score Pl.    
      Charlotte Dujardin Mount St John Freestyle                 83.04 % 1    
 
      Charlotte Dujardin Gio                 79.1 % 2    
 
      Carl Hester En Vogue                 77.1 % 3    
 
      Laura Tomlinson Rose of Bavaria                 75.46 % 4    
 
      Sonnar Murray-Brown Erlentanz                 74.86 % 5    
 
      Emile Faurie Dono Di MAGGIO                 74.18 % 6    
 
      Lara Butler Rubin Al Asad                 72.96 % 7    
 
      Kate Cowell Samba Dancer                 70.06 % 8    
 
      Amy Woodhead Mount St. John Kom Fairytale                 69.38 % 9    
 
      Hayley Watson-Greaves WG Rubins Nite                 69.18 % 10    
 
      Nikki Barker Durable                 69.14 % 11    
 
      Becky Moody FAMKE PF                 68.6 % 12    
 
      Nicola Buchanan Half Moon Dark Magic                 68.22 % 13    
 
      Becky Moody Carinsio                 67.78 % 14    
 
      Lisa Marriott Valucio                 67.66 % 15    
 
      Dan Greenwood Chevalier-O                 67.6 % 16    
 
      Liz diegutis Saskia Hit                 67.58 % 17    
 
      Alice Oppenheimer Headmore Davina                 67.3 % 18    
 
      Steph Croxford Mr Benn II                 66.02 % 19    
 
      Alexander Harrison Diamond Hill                 65.7 % 20    
 
      Sadie Smith Keystone Dynamite                 65.58 % 21    
 
      Lewis Carrier Diego V                 65.56 % 22    
 
      Paul Friday Winston Bond                 63.94 % 23    
 
      Dannie Morgan Southern Cross Braemar                 63.86 % 24    
 
      Jessica Roisin Dunn LG Alicante Valley                 63.08 % 25    
 
      Megan Ingham Wanadoo                 61.46 % 26