Today one of Great Britain’s most iconic equine stars, Valegro, was retired at Olympia, The London International Horse Show, the event where he broke two world records with his long-time partner Charlotte Dujardin.
With Valegro, owned by Roly Luard, Anne Barrott and Carl Hester, Charlotte became the first British partnership to retain Individual dressage gold at this year’s Rio Olympic Games after a mesmerising performance in the Freestyle saw the duo dance their way to a score of 93.847%. This victory also made Charlotte only the second British female athlete to win three Olympic gold medals.
Acting Performance Director Sarah Armstrong says; “Since 2011 when Charlotte and Valegro hit the limelight they have entertained and thrilled their fans both at home and abroad and contributed to the meteoric rise of dressage in the UK through their interaction with fans and national competitions. On the world stage the combination have been the linchpin of the enormous successes the team has enjoyed at European, World and the past two Olympic Games.
“Everyone feels they know this horse personally and for this accessibility, grateful thanks must go to his owners Roly, Anne and Carl, as well as Alan Davies. I know that he will enjoy a long and happy retirement at Carl’s and I hope that he will still make some appearances for his adoring fans in the years to come.”