Back in 2009, I had the pleasure of watching Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro perform. At that time, this is what I had to say about their performance in a blog for BarnMice.com – thought I’d share it now that my prediction has come true!
“In closing, and in fairness to our sport, I did see an unbelievable Prix St. George dressage demonstration by a lovely rider named Charlotte Dujardin on a horse by the name of Valegro. I have not met Charlotte, I know nothing about her or her British coach and trainer Carl Hester. But I can tell you without hesitation that it was one of the most beautiful rides I have ever witnessed. Watch out for Charlotte and this gorgeous dark bay/black horse at the 2012 Olympics because they are a thing of beauty to behold and a force to be reckoned with. I have never seen such power, such elegance and such poised relaxation. Not once did this horse even swish his tail during the entire ride and he was so elastic and supple he looked more like a 17-hand jaguar than a horse. He loved his job. Now THAT is dressage.”
Just in case you aren’t aware – Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro won EVERY Dressage event at the 2012 Olympics in London! They scored a 90.089 in the Freestyle and broke three (3) Olympic records! Can I call ’em or what?!
I’m just sayin’… ~ Chris Irwin