Valegro Victorious in Competitive Comeback at Hartpury

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro

Hartpury, United Kingdom – July 8, 2016 – Valegro’s much-anticipated return to competition, nearly 11 months after his last outing, showed the reigning world, Olympic and European champion is primed and ready for his second Olympic Games in Rio next month. Charlotte Dujardin rode the 14-year-old KWPN gelding (Negro-Maifleur, Gershwin) to victory in a class that featured her newly announced British teammates for the 2016 Olympics.

Valegro last competed in August 2015 at the European Championships in Aachen, Germany, where he captured two individual gold medals while leading Great Britain to team silver behind the Netherlands. He got back in action on home turf at the Hartpury CDI3*, scoring an 83.28 percent to finish well clear of the field despite some mistakes.

Dujardin’s coach Carl Hester and Nip Tuck took second place with 78.2 percent, while Spencer Wilton rode Super Nova II to a new personal best by far, scoring a 77.5 percent. Fiona Bigwood completed the sweep of the top four spots by Great Britain’s Olympic team, scoring a 75.14 percent on Atterupgaards Orthilia.

Results: Hartpury CDI3* Grand Prix

Rider/Horse/Country/Total Score
1. Charlotte Dujardin/VALEGRO/GBR/83.28
2. Carl Hester/NIP TUCK/GBR/78.2
3. Spencer Wilton/SUPER NOVA II/GBR/77.5
5. Henriette Anderson/WARLOCKS CHARM/GBR/69.7
6. Gillian Davison/ALFRANCO/GBR/69.16
7. Stephanie Croxford/MR HYDE/GBR/68.1
8. Ulrik Molegaard/MICHIGAN/DEN/67.84
9. Henriette Anderson/FLAVIO/GBR/67.74
10. Roland Tong/RYBROOK AMBIENCE/IRL/67.72

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