Charlotte Dujardin OBE

The most successful British dressage rider in history

Charlotte Dujardin

Olympic speaker Charlotte Dujardin OBE is the most successful British dressage rider in the history of the sport and a winner of all major titles and world records in the sport.

Born in Enfield, Charlotte was brought up in Hertfordshire and started riding as a two-year old. By the age of 16 she had won the Horse of the Year Show competition four times and was a winner at Hickstead on three occasions. After further encouragement from her trainer, Debbie Thomas, Charlotte took up dressage with a horse bought from her grandmother’s inheritance. In February 2007, she undertook lessons with Carl Hester, and after ten days at his yard in Newent, Gloucestershire, he offered her a job as a groom, where she has since remained.

From the start, Olympic speaker Charlotte was asked to bring on the novice Dutch Warmblood gelding Valegro, owned by Hester and Roly Luard, with the intention of that horse being ridden by Hester. After competing in their first dressage Grand Prix event in 2011, however, the combination became part of the successful team, who won gold in a European Dressage Championships competition at Rotterdam and thus began their meteoric rise.

Charlotte and Valegro were selected to represent Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympic Games and in the first round, the team set a new Olympic Record of 83.784%. On 7 August 2012 the pair were members of the team that won the gold medal in the team dressage event, and two days later, in a routine which included Land of Hope and Glory, The Great Escape and the chimes of Big Ben, the pair won gold in the individual dressage event with a score of 90.089%.

An expert on peak performance, elite athleticism, going for gold and creating a winning mentality, Charlotte is a wonderful and eloquent speaker for corporate functions and after dinner events.

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