Everything You Need to Know About the Most Decorated British Female Olympian Charlotte Dujardin

Published 09/09/2021, 11:32 AM EDT
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)


Charlotte Dujardin stands out as one of the best equestrian riders in the world. Nobody comes close to matching her achievements in dressage events. Along with her horse Valegro, she made her best performance during the Rio Olympics 2016 after recording a score of 93.8%. Moreover, she was the first rider to hold every single title at the same time- Individual Olympic freestyle, World freestyle, and Grand Prix Special, World Cup individual dressage and European freestyle, and Grand Prix Special titles.

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Her passion for horses made her fall in love with the sport and she has gone on to win six Olympic medals.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 15: Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain poses after winning the gold medal during the Dressage Individual Grand Prix Freestyle on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Deodora Olympic Equestrian Centre on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Valegro and Charlotte share a special bond

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In terms of being graceful, Valegro was a stunning horse. With Charlotte, the duo won many titles together, setting multiple records and entertaining the audiences. While the competition is all about movements and rhythm, Valegro’s extended trots were beautiful. Apart from Totilas, this horse will go down as one of the greatest horses in the history of equestrian sport.

The bond between Charlotte and Valegro was incredible. It’s quite clear for people to see the connection they have with each other. He won the gold medal for Dujardin in both the London and Rio Olympics. Significantly, their performance in Rio Olympics was breathtaking. Moreover, she won the 2013 and 2015 European Championships and individual gold at the World Equestrian Games.

Safe to say, the duo shared a brilliantly successful partnership.

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Interesting facts about Charlotte Dujardin

The rider is one of the best dressage competitors out there. The wonder kid won her first pony show before she became three years old. After leaving school at the age of 16, the rider became a stable hand to hone her craft with a trainer, Carl Hester. On seeing her impressive talent, her mother bought her a horse from her inheritance sum which encouraged Dujardin to compete.

Crucially, Charlotte was the youngest member of the London Olympics dressage squad from Britain. As music is an important aspect of Dressage competitions, the preference for British classics made her performances inspiring. Land of Hope and Glory, The Great Escape, and the chimes of Big Ben were some of the famous songs used during the competitions.

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Even though Valegro was an important part of her competitions, he retired in 2016 after a successful career. Fast forward five years later, the Tokyo Olympics saw her winning bronze medal in both team and individual dressage competitions. The rider didn’t lose her charm as she came with Gio to entertain the audience. Even though it was a calculated risk to take the 10-year-old Gio to Tokyo, the horse performed remarkably well.

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Thus, the performance took her alongside the all-time best riders in equestrian history. Charlotte Dujardin will go down as one of the best riders in the sport. Along with her horses, the rider is incredible in every way imaginable.

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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