Golden day for British dressage team

By: Horse Deals

Golden day for British dressage team
Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro

Just one day after the show jumpers delivered a first team gold in 60 years, Britain’s dressage team delivered another gold and a new Olympic record in front of a packed house at Greenwich.

Britain's team average of 79.979 beat Germany's 78.216.

This gold medal also brought Great Britain’s haul to 20 gold medals at London 2012, beating the previous tally at Beijing in 2008.

Charlotte Dujardin (Valegro), Carl Hester (Uthopia) and Laura Bechtolsheimer (Mistral Hojris) rode with determination and focus to win Britain’s first Olympic dressage medal.

No sooner had Carl scored a fantastic 80.571 per cent in the Grand Prix Special setting a new Olympic record, before just an hour later watching his pupil Charlotte, who remained calmly confident throughout smash it by delivering a record 83.286 per cent!

Twenty-seven-year-old Charlotte has only been riding at Grand Prix level for 18 months. 

A delighted Charlotte said; "My legs were like jelly, I was more nervous in there; I didn’t ride like I knew I could but he still felt really good. It’s so surreal but it was the ultimate dream to get here and win gold; Valegro’s the horse of a lifetime." 

Olympic team result:

Gold – Great Britain

Silver – Germany

Bronze - The Netherlands