Great Britain’s new shining star, Charlotte Dujardin, brought the crowd to their feet and the London 2012 equestrian events to the perfect conclusion when securing the individual Olympic Dressage title as winner of the Grand Prix Freestyle this afternoon at Greenwich Park.
Last of the 18 to line out today, the 26-year-old rider scored a magnificent 90.089 to pin The Netherlands’ Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival into silver medal position, while the host nation had even more to celebrate when Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris claimed the bronze.
On Monday (Aug. 6), Dujardin was part of the team that claimed Britain’s first-ever dressage medals in the history of the Games, and golden ones at that. The sport is in an exciting period of change and suddenly, it seems from almost out of nowhere, the British are right on top of the game.
As the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Eventing Chairman, Giuseppe della Chiesa said this afternoon, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, "Two golds for Germany in eventing, and two golds for Britain in dressage – the world has turned upside down!"
Austria’s Victoria Max-Theurer and Augustin held the early lead in today’s competition when posting 79.053, but the scores just kept improving as the second tranche of riders took their turn. For America’s Steffen Peters and Ravel it just didn’t happen today however, the 2009 FEI World Cup Dressage Final winners earning 77.286.
"We did a super warm-up," he said afterwards. "We can’t blame the heat, we are used to that, and I had