Charlotte Dujardin wins the PSG title at the national dressage championships
Charlotte Dujardin won the first small tour title of the Lemieux National Dressage Championships, just three days after returning home after winning team silver and individual bronze at the European Dressage Championships.
Charlotte led Coral Ingham and Carl Hester’s Imhotep to a resounding victory in the Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Gold Championship, with a score of 77.82%. The eight-year-old gelding – a son of Lottie Fry’s Olympic and European medalist Everdale, and a Vivaldi mare – only started at the level in May of this year, but put in an accomplished performance here without any fault.
“I’m really happy with him. He hasn’t done much, but he’s so good in an arena – he hasn’t even done an arena walk here, ”Charlotte said. “Sadie Smith kept him at home for me so he stayed in shape and we only had three days to get him ready to come here. It has been a whirlwind.
Charlotte resumed the ride on Sadie Smith’s “Pete” in the summer of 2020, and the pair have yet to be beaten, being crowned the Advanced Winter Average Champion in July of this year. Pete has only competed once since winning that title – winning the Hartpury Premier League the week later – Charlotte having competed in the Tokyo Olympics and then the European Championships with Gio.
Charlotte is full of excitement for Pete’s future, whether she keeps the ride or co-owner Carl takes over at some point.
“He takes it all in his stride and is amazing to ride,” she said. “This is the most bouncy and elastic horse I have ever ridden; it literally feels like it is on a roll. The Grand Prix work is also there, so I’m really excited to have it on a big tour next year. For now, I think Carl is quite happy to keep watching him!
“An absolute diamond”
Second behind Charlotte Dujardin, Becky Moody rode Dante Weltino x Jazz’s seven-year-old son Jagerbomb. They posted 74.71% to finish 0.5% ahead of Andrew Gould and Genie I, the current PSG winter champions.
“The trot was great; at the gallop I lost the connection a bit and we had a pirouette which wasn’t very good, but it’s an absolute diamond and he has a heart of gold, ”said Becky.
The spectator judging system has proven popular with visitors to national dressage championships, but it is interesting that, given the proximity of spectator scores to judges’ scores during the day, the ranking final of this class would have been very different if the spectators were in control.
According to the spectator judgment app, Lucinda Elliott and Hawtins Duchessa, who finished fourth with 72.97%, would have won with 74.21%. Charlotte Dujardin, the winner, was ranked on the app in fifth place with a spectator score of 72.57%, more than 5% below the score the judges gave her and Imhotep at the championships. national dressage.
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