Second world title for the impressive Dujardin and Valegro

29 August 2014 / 18:47

Charlotte Dujardin admitted her World Equestrian debut was better than she could ever have imagined as she added freestyle dressage gold to her Grand Prix Special title in France.

Dujardin and ride Valegro have developed a successful partnership in recent years, winning double Olympic gold at London 2012 as well as two European dressage golds last year.

Tuesday saw her help Britain win team dressage silver – and with it a spot at the Rio 2016 Olympics – while the day after she was toasting a first ever World Equestrian Games gold in the Grand Prix Special.

And the dominance of the pair continued on Friday as they scored 92.161 per cent from their routine to take victory and leave the 29-year-old singing Valegro's praises.

"It's my third time riding that test so it's still very new," said Dujardin. "To do what I've done with it is fantastic. Riding a horse like Valegro gives you so much confidence.

"After London I didn't think it could get much better, but to go to the Europeans in 2013 and come away with two golds and now to come away with another two golds and a team silver, I just couldn't have asked for any more.”

Michael Eilberg came eighth on Half Moon Delphi and Carl Hester, Dujardin's mentor, placed 12th on Nip Tuck.

Meanwhile, British world number one William Fox-Pitt lies second in the eventing contest ahead of Saturday's cross-country test with Nicola Wilson the next Brit in 16th.

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