Dujardin and Valegro set world record on way to Olympia gold

17 December 2014 / 10:42

Double Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin admitted she and horse Valegro had fed off the Olympia atmosphere as they set a new dressage world record on the way to Grand Prix gold at the London International Horse Show.

Dujardin has already had a year to remember, winning two world titles in August as well as finishing fourth at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards on Sunday.

And the Sunday Times & Sky Sports 2014 Sportswoman of the Year was back to her best form again on Tuesday, scoring 87.740 for her routine with Valegro.

It beat the previous mark of 87.129, which the pair set at the World Cup final in Lyon in April.

And although there could be further success with the duo back for the blue-riband ‘freestyle’ event later today, Dujardin admitted it had been good to get off to a good start, with no signs of rustiness.

“To break another world record is fantastic,” said Dujardin.

"I just went in there to enjoy it as Valegro and I hadn't competed since the World Equestrian Games and didn't want to put pressure on him.

"But we both love Olympia and the amazing atmosphere and it's great to achieve this and we'll just go out again and let rip on Wednesday.”

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