Charlotte and Valegro prove pure gold at Olympia

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Charlotte and Valegro prove pure gold at Olympia

Britain’s double Olympic dressage gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin and "wonder horse" Valegro raised the roof at London’s Olympia when they topped the fifth leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage series with a fantastic freestyle score of 87.950.

Runner-up on 80.075 was Germany’s double FEI World Cup™ Dressage champion Isabell Werth whose performance with 11-year-old Don Johnson FRH also proved a real crowd pleaser.

It was an emotional night for Britain’s Carl Hester, in third with a score of 79.900 as he rode his Greenwich gold medal winning partner Uthopia for the last time and confirmed that the stallion would be sold in the new year.

Carl said: "I wasn’t emotional coming in, I was quite looking forward to it, but when I finished, you kind of get the feeling for what the horses have done for British dressage, so I did feel emotional coming out.

"The plan always was that he was to be sold, but I do always like to remember that I was lucky to keep the horse for so long".

Discussions about Valegro’s future will also take place in the new year: "We will sit down and see what’s going to happen in January," said Charlotte. "He [Valegro] may be sold on, but we are hoping to get a share of him and I’m hoping to keep the ride."

While the two British riders are not planning any further participation in the 2012/2013 Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage series, Isabell Werth will travel to the next leg in Amsterdam in January. 

"I have to do that if I want to have a chance to get to the Final" she said.

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