Dujardin celebrates new world record

29 April 2012 / 14:55

British star Charlotte Dujardin reflected on the "unbelievable" experience of setting a new dressage world record.

Gloucestershire-based Dujardin and Valegro elevated the Olympic grand prix special discipline to new heights at Hagen's prestigious four-star show in Germany.

She smashed the previous best mark by 3%, which represented a remarkable performance by the world number five, who only competed in her first grand prix competition barely 15 months ago.

Dujardin, who trains with world number two Carl Hester at his yard just outside Newent, scored 88.022% aboard her brilliant Olympics-bound horse.

And it earned her a standing ovation as she surpassed the previous world best held by Dutch rider Edward Gal and the legendary black stallion Totilas.

"It has been a very good day!" Dujardin said. "It is a new test and it was the first time we had ridden it competitively, but he was just amazing. He was really relaxed and attentive.

"I actually quite liked the test when I initially read it through, and then when I rode it it was brilliant."

Dujardin was part of the Great Britain team that won European gold in Rotterdam last summer, when she forged a powerful quartet alongside Hester, Laura Bechtolsheimer and Emile Faurie.

And her latest performance will do little to quell the excitement surrounding a British dressage squad that will target a first Olympic medal in history at Greenwich Park later this year.

"To be honest, I was so concentrated at the start on where to go, because it is a new test for me, then halfway through it I thought 'this is going quite well'. He gave me such a fantastic ride," she added. "It was unbelievable at the end. I didn't look at the scoreboard, but as I came out of the arena, Carl (Hester) told me what we had done, and I couldn't believe it. I was amazed."