Charlotte Dujardin Rides Gio to Win Over Mount St. John Freestyle in Heckfied CDI3* Grand Prix, Carl Hester & En Vogue 3rd on Personal Best Score

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Charlotte Dujardin and Gio. File photo. © 2021 Petra Kerschbaum/EQWO

HECKFIELD, England, May 12, 2021–Charlotte Dujardin rode Gio to victory over Mount St. John Freestyle in the CDI3* Grand Prix Wednesday for the fourth straight Big Tour win in five starts on the 10-year-old gelding in preparation for the Olympics in less than 11 weeks. Carl Hester on En Vogue posted a personal best for third place with disparities in scores as wide as 80.978% to match Charlotte and Gio’s top mark, down to 72.935% by a Dutch judge.

Charlotte and Gio scored 79.130%, with two judges awarding marks above 80%, in only the second head-to-head international competition against Freestyle in just the handful of competitions available in the continuing coronavirus pandemic. The pair received five marks of 10 for different movements–half pass, twice for passage, pirouette right and the final halt–but low marks for a mistake in the one-tempi changes.

Freestyle, a 12-year-old Hanoverian mare that Charlotte competed for Great Britain for team and individual bronze medals at the 2018 World Equestrian Games, placed second on 77.935%.

In the only previous CDI competing against each other, in the Grand Prix at Keysoe, England last October, Freestyle came out on top. Gio was spotted by Charlotte, Great Britain’s gold medal rider on Valegro at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, at a master class in Los Angeles six years ago and immediately bought the horse with a New Zealand supporter, Renai Hart, and her coach and mentor, Carl Hester.

Carl and En Vogue posted a personal best score of 77.500% for third place. Two British judges awarded the pair more than 80%, one giving a score 0f 80.978% that matched the top mark for Charlotte and Gio and the other putting the pair second on 80.217% while the Dutch judge gave them 72.935%, the lowest mark on the five-member panel. This was the only their third Big Tour event since the duo began Grand Prix last October when they logged the previous best result of 76.500%.

Gareth Hughes and Sintano van Hof Olympia was fourth on 73.783% in the second Big Tour outing for the British team championship rider and the 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding.

Fiona Bigwood, an Olympic and World Games team silver medalist for Great Britain, debuted Hawtins Delicato for a score of 71.848% and sixth place. Fiona took over the ride from Carl Hester who rode the 13-year-old British-bred gelding at the 2019 European Championships and the 2018 Tryon WEG.

CORRECTION: An earlier version using the online results misidentified the judges and nationalities. This version has been corrected.

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix

Judges: Peter Storr Isobel Wessels Susanne Baarup
Mariette Sanders van Gansewinkel
Maria Colliander
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 79.130 GBR Charlotte Dujardin Gio 80.326 80.978 79.348 77.826 77.174
2. 77.935 GBR Charlotte Dujardin Mount St John Freestyle 76.848 78.804 79.348 76.63 78.043
3. 77.500 GBR Carl Hester En Vogue 80.217 80.978 78.478 72.935 74.891
4. 73.783 GBR Gareth Hughes Sintano van Hof Olympia 74.891 74.457 74.674 74.239 70.652
5. 72.391 GBR Emile Faurie Dono DI Maggio OLD 73.696 74.13 72.935 71.087 70.109
6. 71.848 GBR Fiona Bigwood Hawtins Delicato 71.304 73.913 72.283 69.674 72.065
7. 71.826 GBR Gareth Hughes KK Dominant 71.739 73.261 72.283 71.739 70.109
8. 70.978 GBR Richard Davison Bubblingh 73.152 71.304 71.087 70 69.348
9. 70.870 GBR Sonnar Murray Brown Erlentanz TSF 70.761 72.826 70 70.978 69.783
10. 70.544 GBR Emma Hindle Diesel 8 72.065 70.435 70.87 70.435 68.913
11. 70.087 IRL Heike Holstein Sambuca 70.326 68.261 71.739 70.435 69.674
12. 68.957 IRL Kate Dwyer Snowdon Faberge 67.935 70 69.022 68.043 69.783
13. 68.631 FIN Mikaela Soratie Hot Casanova 69.565 67.283 69.674 68.37 68.261
14. 67.652 GBR Laura Tomlinson Fallatijn 64.891 69.348 69.348 66.63 68.043
14. 67.652 GBR Kate Cowell Samba Dancer 69.783 68.152 68.804 65.217 66.304
16. 67.283 GBR Alice Oppenheimer Headmore Dirubino 66.63 68.804 66.957 67.826 66.196
17. 67.196 IRL Alex Baker Dutchman 67.5 69.348 66.304 66.522 66.304
18. 67.087 GBR Nicola Buchanan Half Moon Dark Magic 68.152 67.174 68.37 65.652 66.087
19. 67.043 GBR Louise Anne Bell Into the Blue 66.413 67.5 66.304 67.717 67.283
20. 66.000 GBR Amy Jean Woodhead Mount St John Kom Fairytale 70.761 65.435 65 62.065 66.739
21. 65.717 GBR Rebecca Caroline Hughes Rubini Royale 65.978 65.543 66.196 65.109 65.761
22. 65.696 GBR Daniel Watson Butterfly IV 66.196 66.413 65.978 64.239 65.652
23. 65.348 IRL Carolyn Mellor Gouverneur M 65.543 63.913 66.087 64.891 66.304
24. 64.956 GBR Jessica Dunn Alicante Valley 65.217 65.761 65.326 62.5 65.978
25. 64.870 GRE Theodora Livanos Robinvale 65.435 67.283 63.696 63.152 64.783
26. 64.456 GBR Lisa Marriott Valucio DH Z 65.326 66.522 63.804 63.913 62.717
27. 64.152 IRL Belinda Brereton Captain Negro C 62.391 64.022 63.37 64.891 66.087
28. 63.696 GBR Stephanie Croxford Mr Benn 62.935 65.652 63.696 61.63 64.565
29. 63.609 IRL Katie Williamson After Midnight 62.174 63.043 64.022 64.457 64.348
30. 57.456 POL Anna Wilson Distinto 51.63 58.043 59.022 58.261 60.326
EL. GBR Elizabeth Diegutis Saskia Hit