Dujardin keeps her feet on the ground

10 August 2012 / 15:20

British equestrian's golden girl Charlotte Dujardin is coming to terms with the "surreal" feeling of being a double Olympic champion.

Dujardin, 27, has joined Kelly Holmes, Rebecca Adlington and Laura Trott in an exclusive club of British female athletes to win two Olympic titles at one Games.

Enfield-born Dujardin dominated London 2012's equestrian programme, winning team and individual dressage gold, but there was little sign of her new-found superstardom affecting her on Friday.

The immediate plan is for a short holiday on the Isle of Sark with her trainer and British team-mate Carl Hester, who has invited 60 friends to visit his birthplace. And while lucrative sponsorship offers and endorsements are now likely to come rolling in, Dujardin does not plan on drastically changing her life.

"It's a bit of a surreal feeling. I think it will probably take a few weeks for it all to sink in," she said, after celebrating her Olympic triumphs on board a Thames riverboat.

"Carl has arranged, I think, for 60 people to go to Sark, so it's going to be great to just have four days of chill-out and relaxing. This has all been the most unbelievable experience. From the moment I got here until the day I leave London, it has just been incredible.

"We haven't had to worry about anything, and it has just enabled us to enjoy it so, so much. I've had such a fantastic opportunity to be able to have a horse like Valegro to ride at my first Olympics, a trainer like Carl and a team as great as we've had. It has made it very special."

It is widely expected that Valegro, co-owned by Hester and Roly Luard, will be sold post-Games, with Hester's Uthopia that is in the hands of former Irish Olympic eventer Sasha Stewart.

"As far as I know, none of the horses have been sold," Dujardin added. "They are both going home now and having a well-deserved holiday. I don't own the horse. Carl and Roly Luard own Valegro and Sasha Stewart owns Uthopia. That is between them. I can't comment on that. If anything did happen, it's a very sad story, but you have to kind of deal with it.

"The great thing is that I love doing what I do and producing more horses, and we have some great young horses at home in Gloucestershire and we will just look forward, train those and start again.

"I am still going to base myself with Carl - I have no intention of leaving there. We've got another string of horses, we work together as a team and hope we have some more good horses for Rio in 2016."