New horse, same result for Team GB’s Charlotte Dujardin as gold medalist from London and Rio rises to individual and team dressage finals in Tokyo
Charlotte Dujardin proved that losing the horse she had ridden to Olympic glory in London and Rio didn’t have to deny her more success as she and her new gelding Gio reached the individual and team dressage finals.
Dujardin, whose horse Valegro retired after winning gold together for the third time in 2016, achieved her first Olympic ride with Gio and qualified in fourth place for the individual dressage final, along with 25-year-old Charlotte Fry, who won on Saturday. drove excellently.
“I couldn’t have asked for anything more from (Gio),” she said. “He’s just incredible – he gives me everything he’s got.
Charlotte Dujardin and Gio are through to the individual and team dressage finals in Tokyo
“I felt really emotional towards the end of the test. He adapts to what I ask and gives me the best of himself.
“It could have been a full house today and he would have done the same. He’s such a pocket rocket.
“That was as good as winning for me tonight. For me, where he is now with his training, he couldn’t have done more.
Dujardin has to give up her horse Valegro after Rio, but she stormed to the final again
“And that’s like a gold medal to me. It was one of those very special moments and I will remember it forever and one day.’
Carl Hester, the oldest Team GB member in Tokyo at 54, will compete in the individual final on Wednesday, alongside the British team qualifying in second place for tomorrow’s team competition final.
The qualifying round has revealed Germany’s superior quality – they will now be firm favorites to win individual and team gold.