The celebrated double Olympic dressage champion thrilled her audience thronged around Bolesworth’s International Arena by landing the feature grand prix class, two young horse competitions and the day’s closing Intermediate Freestyle to Music event, sponsored by The Brooke.
It was a second triumph of the week for the eight-year-old mare Florentina, following an impressive victory in Tuesday’s opening Prix St-Georges.
Gloucestershire-based Charlotte showed no sign of a long day’s competition after being drawn last to go among 13 starters, enjoying a winning margin of almost seven per cent.
Britain’s Michael Eilberg led the way with Daltrey up until Charlotte’s test, scoring 73.475 per cent, but Charlotte’s class and the star quality of rising prospect Florentina provided an impressive mix.
They scored 80.375 per cent to take the class in style, while third place went to Hong Kong’s Jacqueline Wing Ying Siu on Jockey Club Fuerst on Tour, with Becky Moody and Eureko finishing fourth.
Charlotte and Mount St John Freestyle – Just Shy of 80%
Charlotte Dujardin and Mount St John Freestyle served further notice of their rich potential as a partnership by claiming victory in Wednesday’s headline dressage class at the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show.
The double Olympic dressage champion – individual gold medallist at London 2012 and Rio 2016 – has high hopes for the talented nine-year-old mare.
Having won their first three grand prix classes together, they duly made it four in front of a knowledgeable and appreciative audience to land Bolesworth’s three-star grand prix, sponsored by F&Co Equine/Theraplate.
Their score of 79.652 per cent thwarted the victory ambitions of her mentor and fellow dressage superstar Carl Hester, who delivered a polished, accurate performance with Hawtins Delicato to score 77.217 per cent.
“God damn, she was just 0.4 per cent off scoring 80 per cent today!” a delighted Charlotte said.
“She is so close to a big score, it is just the little things that push the marks down.
“There is so much to come from her, and there is so much to give. She is such a tryer.”
The pair are being talked about as a potential Great Britain team combination for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina in three months’ time, and their impressive progress, which continued in fine style at Bolesworth, did nothing to dilute that prospect.
Charlotte rose to iconic dressage status on the brillant Valegro, and after concentrating on developing her young horses last year following Valegro’s retirement, she continues to build an enviable string of competitors.
A high-class grand prix competition was dominated by a strong British contingent, with GB team member Gareth Hughes completing the podium places on Classic Briolinca, scoring 74.435 per cent, while Emile Faurie and Dono Di Maggio took fourth spot on 73.522 per cent.
It’s A Double Act for Charlotte
Charlotte Dujardin completed a Wednesday morning double as she maintained her impressive winning run at the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show.
The double Olympic dressage champion won Tuesday’s show-opening Prix St-Georges, and she was immediately back into a familar groove as young horse talent took centre-stage in Bolesworth’s International Arena.
Charlotte’s second victory of the event came in the six-year-old championship, sponsored by Lady Derby – Knowsley Safari Park, as she delivered a command performance aboard the mare Hawtins San Floriana.
Drawn last to go of six starters, their 86.200 per cent score sealed a dominant success, with Sara Gallop and BKS Fantasia finishing second on 82.000 per cent and Emma Woolley, riding Hancock V, filling third spot on 74.400 per cent.
After a short break, Charlotte then returned to action with two horses in the seven-year-old championship, sponsored by Owens Horseboxes, in Mount St John VIP and River Rise Nisa.
And her army of supporters were not left disappointed as she took first and third places in another display of poise, artistry and skill.
Charlotte triumphed with River Rise Nisa on 79.700 per cent, while her fellow British Olympian Fiona Bigwood was second aboard Daytona Platinum (76.915 per cent) and Charlotte completed the podium places on Mount St John VIP (74.115 per cent).
Young British rider Charlotte Fry, meanwhile, dominated the five-year-old championship, sponsored by Gail Smith and Lavazza Coffee, by storming to victory with the stallion Inclusive.
A score of 85.800 per cent put her more than five percentage marks clear of Charlotte’s second ride Londale, a combination that took second spot, while Nikki Barker and Iwan finished third.