British Olympic Dressage Team for Tokyo 2020
Double Olympic champion, Charlotte Dujardin is once again joining the squad for Tokyo 2020.
Based with her teammate, Carl Hester, in their yard in Newent, Gloustershire, Charlotte trains, trains horses and competes up to Grand Prix (GP) level. Known for her Olympic performances with the Valegro ride, she has become a household name to many.
Stemming from a competition course, dressage is where Charlotte’s heart and talents truly flourish. Charlotte’s most notable accomplishments are her Olympic title, winning individual gold at London 2012 and Rio 2016, as well as team gold and silver at the 2012 and 2016 Games, respectively.
However, Charlotte has many other titles under her belt as well. She has represented Great Britain four times at the European Championships, winning team gold, silver and bronze medals. In 2014, she was crowned world champion at the World Equestrian Games, also winning back-to-back World Cup titles in 2015.
The Sunday Times and SkySports awarded her the title of Sportswoman of the Year. Charlotte was also nominated for Sports Personality of the Year, finishing fourth.
Gio, aka Pumpkin, is a 10 year old chestnut gelding owned by Charlotte Durjardin, Carl Hester and Renai Hart.
An Apache offspring, Charlotte spotted Pumpkin while teaching a clinic in the fall of 2016. The then five-year-old caught the Olympic runner’s attention with an “amazing expression on her face, a look really cheeky ”as well as being“ small and cute ”.
Charlotte tested Pumpkin the next day. No one but the current Pumpkin rider had sat on him, as he was hot and sensitive. However, Charlotte reported that the future Olympic star was really good with the crowd.
Pumpkin arrived with Charlotte in the UK around Halloween, hence the name of the stable. Since then, Pumpkin has proven itself, consistently ranking with high scores.
In 2017, at the beginning of his career with Charlotte, the combination marked in the seventies. Progressing to GP level, the pair won their international debut, in the GP freestyle at Keysoe CDI.
Pumpkin and Charlotte’s best career result currently stands at 81.93.