Dujardin seals greatest European Championships in GB history

25 August 2013 / 19:18

Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin ensured the 2013 ECCO FEI European Championships will be remembered as the most successful in British equestrian history after taking freestyle gold in Denmark.

On board ten-year-old Valegro the double Olympic gold medallist achieved a score of 91.250 per cent to claim a second European individual title in 48 hours and set a new European Championship freestyle score in the process.

Dujardin finished almost four per cent above silver medallist Helen Langehanenberg and five per cent clear of reigning European champion Adelinde Cornelissen in third.

That success took Britain’s medal haul to six, three of which are gold, and the 28-year-old admitted apart from breaking the world record she couldn’t have asked for any more from her horse.

"I had great fun, I absolutely loved it. It was amazing," said Dujardin. "I watched my Olympic freestyle back again last night, and to me he looked not quite as expressive as he can because he had done so much in London and was so tired.

"I so wanted to beat that goddamn world record! I just missed out, but what else can I ask of Valegro? He has given me everything this week, and I am just absolutely over the moon.

"The performance felt much better than London. He just felt fantastic out there, but I had no idea the crowd would start clapping before the end. They don't normally.

"Every time he went in there he gave me his best this week, and that is all you can ask for as a rider. I just cannot ask any more of him."

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