Dujardin nails third world record

  • Last Updated: December 18 2013, 7:34 GMT

Olympic and European champion Charlotte Dujardin admitted it was a case of mission accomplished after ending 2013 by claiming her third dressage world record.

Charlotte Dujardin: Claimed a new world record
Charlotte Dujardin: Claimed a new world record

Dujardin completed a clean sweep of world bests by producing a staggering performance at the London International Horse Show.

British star Dujardin and her London 2012 wonder-horse Valegro won the Reem Acra FEI World Cup freestyle class, setting a new world best of 93.975 per cent.

It beat the previous record of 92.3 per cent posted by Dutch rider Edward Gal and the brilliant black stallion Totilas in the same event four years ago.

And it means 28-year-old Dujardin, who is based in Gloucestershire, is now world leader at freestyle, grand prix and grand prix special on the same horse on which she won Olympic gold last year and European gold four months ago.

"It was just unbelievable," she said.

"All year I have wanted to get that world record. It has always been on my mind, and to finally think I have done it."

In front of her home crowd, Dujardin produced a blistering farewell performance of her London 2012 music - a routine highlighted by strains of Land of Hope and Glory and evocative Big Ben chimes - before next year's World Equestrian Games will herald a new musical odyssey for dressage's golden partnership.

"I am delighted that I have finished (performing) this music exactly how I wanted to finish. That music deserved a world record," she added.

"I've done things that I never dreamt of doing. It is just getting better and better."

Dujardin won just under 11,000 euros for landing the World Cup qualifier, but it paled in comparison with the feat of rewriting the record books.

Gal, who now rides Glock's Undercover, finished second, more than six percentage points behind world number one Dujardin, with Holland's Danielle Heijkoop third and British European team bronze medallist Michael Eilberg fourth aboard Half Moon Delphi.

Dujardin's latest victory on Valegro means they are unbeaten in international competition for 20 months.


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