World champion Dujardin wins big in Las Vegas

World champion Dujardin wins big in Las Vegas

18 April 2015 / 16:44

British world dressage champion Charlotte Dujardin was full of praise for her horse Valegro after winning the Grand Prix at the FEI World Cup in Las Vegas.

The 29-year-old, who won the world title in Lyon last year, recorded a score of 85.414 per cent to finish top of the pile across the pond.

It was six per cent ahead of Dutchman Edward Gal in second, while American Steffen Peters was third with 79.057.

Her score was short of the 87.129 she recorded in breaking her own world record last year, but there was no wiping the smile off Dujardin’s face.

"Las Vegas is everything I ever thought it would be so I've not been disappointed. With a horse like Valegro you could not ask for any more," Dujardin told BBC Sport.

"Valegro has had a 24-hour trip to get here to get here. The last few days, he was actually feeling not quite himself and I was a bit worried yesterday. But he was feeling much better and I had a really great ride.

"I've experienced quite a few places over the last few years but the atmosphere here is amazing.

"You don't normally get many spectators on the first day but it is a full house. I finished my test and to have this huge standing ovation - it was such a great feeling."

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