Dujardin, who will be riding Mount St John Freestyle, her new Grand Prix horse and FEI World Equestrian Games™ hopeful said, “I’m really excited about going to Windsor, I used to compete there Showing as a child, so it’s got some really great memories for me. It’s an incredible setting and to have the British crowd behind me will make it even more special. The Dressage always has an amazing atmosphere there, it’s is usually under the floodlights at night, which makes it really unique – Mount St John Freestyle is going to absolutely love it and I’m looking forward to it so much!”
Exclusive behind-the-scenes access with the renowned duo indicated preparations were full steam ahead as Hester and Dujardin set their sights on Royal Windsor, and the jam-packed competition year ahead. Although competing against each other, Dujardin’s mentor, team mate and fellow competitor shared his joys of competing and his hopes for returning to defend his title, this year aboard Hawtins Delicato:
“I won my first championship medal at Royal Windsor back in 2009. The backdrop is sensational, there is nowhere quite like it. I remember competing to music under the lights with 8,000 people there that night watching me, it was very surreal, especially having the castle lit up in the background.”
“Since then Charlotte has won the Grand Prix and I won the Grand Prix there last year, so we have both had a turn at it which is nice, keep it in the family and share the win! This year I am predicting that Charlotte will win it, her horse is sensational. We call her Mrs Valegro after our all-time star, Valegro, who won three Olympic gold medals. Watch this space!”
To see the Dressage action at Royal Windsor Horse Show first hand, or to find out more visit www.rwhs.co.uk. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the box office on 0844 581 4960 from the UK and +44 (0)121 7966290 internationally. Windsor residents should call the Windsor Information Centre on 01753 743589.