Charlotte won a national title with Hawtins Delicato last month, and with her legendary ride Valegro set to be retired later this year, he could be a future star for her. Charlotte added:
“He is going to be a top horse, really special. He is only eight, and that was only his second competition to music. It was also the first time in a massive indoor arena for him as well, so he dealt with all the pressure and the hot atmosphere really well. He was a bit tense at the start, but as I went through the test, he settled and I was really happy with him.”
Charlotte received a rapturous reception from her fans, and she underlined her intention and drive to remain at the sport’s pinnacle after Valegro has retired in December. She said:
“I love training horses, and I have a yard at home with some fantastic young horses that I am so excited to have.”
“To me, the next challenge is to go out and bring up another one and get another one at international level and compete for your country – the Europeans, the Worlds, the Olympics. I can’t wait to find the next one.”
Runner-up on dressage night at HOYS was Sonnar Murray-Brown, riding Erlentanz, while Tom Goode and Dior III finished third.
Listen to Charlotte talking to Rupert Bell here