Dujardin breaks two world records

Charlotte DUJARDIN  (GBR) riding VALEGRO member of the silver medal winning GBER dressage team and highest placed individual
Charlotte DUJARDIN (GBR) riding VALEGRO member of the silver medal winning GBER dressage team and highest placed individual

Charlotte Dujardin broke a second world record at Olympia 2014 as she secured freestyle victory with Valegro.

The former Vandyke student stormed to the freestyle victory with Valegro with a stunning performance, receiving 94.3 per cent from the judges.

The pair were already the world record holders in the freestyle, setting the record of 93.975 per cent at last year’s event.

Incredibly, it was Dujardin’s second world record of the week, after the pair had broken the record in the Grand Prix discipline.

“It was definitely the ride of our lives. Valegro is just an incredible horse,” she said.

“He’s just a true horse of a lifetime. It feels incredible to come here year after year and keep breaking world records.

“Olympia is a great end to the season and it’s something I always dreamed of taking part in. It’s such a special feeling.

“I went in there for a nice scoring round and to have fun, but I’ve got another record!

“I never go into competition to break records, I just go into it to have fun.

“I didn’t want to go too hard with Valegro because he hasn’t performed for a long time.

“It was a full crowd in a huge arena, and it’s a fantastic feeling to ride in front of a home crowd.”

It caps a wonderful year for the rider. In April, Charlotte became the first British winner of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup TM Finals in Lyon.

She was then part of the Great Britain team which took silver behind Germany in the FEI World Equestrian Games.

But it was in the individual event where she shone, blowing the judges away with her routine on Blueberry and earning a gold medal.

Her 2014 performances now mean she is the first British rider in history to simultaneously hold the individual titles at Olympic, World and European levels.

Earlier this month, Dujardin came fourth in Sports Personality of the Year with 75,814 votes.