Charlotte Dujardin Bags A Historic 20th Career Medal With Bronze at European Dressage Championships

Published 09/12/2021, 8:16 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 09: Gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain riding Valegro poses with her gold medal following the Individual Dressage on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park on August 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)


Charlotte Dujardin creates history by winning her 20th international medal, on Gio, at the European Dressage Championship. Claiming 8 Olympic medals, she’s now Britain’s second most successful female Olympian of all time after Laura Kenny. Dujardin was the first rider to hold this complete set of titles at the same time.

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She won the individual Olympic freestyle, World freestyle and Grand Prix Special, World Cup individual dressage and European freestyle, and Grand Prix Special award. Starting at the age of 2, Dujardin has indeed come a long way. Even though she was diagnosed with dyslexia, she overcame her challenges and now, is known as the most dominant dressage rider of this era.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 09: Gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain riding Valegro celebrates with her gold medal holding a British flag following the Individual Dressage on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park on August 9, 2012, in London, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Her passion for this sport made her quit school. At 16, she stopped studying and kick-started her professional career. In the year 2014, the star dressage rider retired her horse, Valegro. She retired him as one of the most decorated horses in the world, with three Olympic Gold medals (2 individual & 1 team), and numerous world titles.

Charlotte Dujardin in Germany

Riding Gio, Dujardin won two bronze medals at the Summer Games in Tokyo. Post her feat she said, “Even if I hadn’t even medalled, to me it was like winning anyway because he’d given me the ride of my life. The fact I’ve got two medals, obviously the team, and now an individual I just… I cried and I never cry but I got really emotional because it means so much and I’m just so, so proud.”

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After the Olympics, she got an opportunity to redeem herself and maintain her winning streak. Having won eight medals at the European Dressage Championship, she’s now claimed her 9th in Hegan, Germany. Even though this wasn’t the best, she achieved a score of 87.246%.

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Charlotte was beaming with happiness after her feat. Having almost missed the opportunity to secure a place on the podium, on Thursday’s Grand Prix Special, she’s most certainly looking forward to improving in the near future.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is an Olympic Athletics author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Under Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus, representing India at the International Children's Games held in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far. Having participated in The Road to Wimbledon and representing the state several times, she bagged a number of titles for the same.

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