Charlotte Dujardin’s spectacular run of success culminated at the 2018 Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show with another notable victory aboard her talented ride, Mount St John Freestyle.
The double Olympic dressage champion has high hopes for the nine-year-old mare by Fidermark — who is owned by Mount St John Stud’s owner Emma Blundell — with the World Equestrian Games in September unquestionably a realistic target.
Having won the grand prix by an emphatic margin on Wednesday, relegating Carl Hester (Hawtins Delicato) to second, the combination returned to Bolesworth’s international arena and produced an outstanding debut display in the grand prix special.
Their score of 80.362% put them well clear of the field and underscored what huge potential this partnership possesses.
“I am really, really happy,” said a beaming Charlotte. “That was her first ever grand prix special and, for a nine-year-old, I am just blown away by her. She gives so much, and nothing bothers her.
“I had such a fantastic ride. There are a few little things to iron out, but hopefully in a few months’ time they will be good. I am so proud of her.”
Carl elected to contest the freestyle to music instead of the special, opening the door for his compatriots Gareth Hughes and Emile Faurie to join Charlotte on the podium. Gareth finished second on Classic Briolinca (75.383%), while Emile finished third aboard Dono Di Maggio (73.021%).
This success made it six wins across the board for Charlotte at Bolesworth 2018, with two successes at grand prix level and wins in the intermediate freestyle to music and prix st georges classes, as well as in the young horse classes.
Catch up with H&C’s Bolesworth dressage highlights on Saturday June 23 at 7pm Eastern time.