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CHARLOTTE DUJARDIN CBE
Charlotte Dujardin CBE is a elite British dressage rider, triple Gold Medalist at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics Games, European Champion, World Champion and holds all three World Records in the sport of Dressage.
Charlotte and Valegro were part of the Gold medal winning team at the 2011 European Championships in Rotterdam on their Championship debut. Rode her first Grand Prix test in January 2011 with Valegro, with a debut score of 74%
Born in Enfield, Charlotte was brought up in Hertfordshire and started riding as a two-year old. By sixteen years old, Charlotte, with the support of her family, had won the Horse of the Year Show competition four times and was a winner at Hickstead on three occasions. After further encouragement from her trainer, Debbie Thomas, Charlotte took up dressage with a horse bought from her grandmother’s inheritance.
In February 2007, she had some lessons with Carl Hester, and after ten days at his yard and spotting her talent, he offered her a job as a groom at his yard in Newent, Gloucestershire, where she has since remained. Charlotte’s horse at the time was Fernandez whom she trained and brought through the levels. From the start, Charlotte was asked to bring on the novice Dutch Warmblood gelding Valegro, owned by Hester and Roly Luard, with the intention of that horse being ridden by Hester. However, after competing in their first dressage Grand Prix event in 2011, the combination became part of the successful team, who won gold in a European Dressage Championships competition at Rotterdam and thus began their meteoric rise.
Dujardin and Valegro were selected to represent Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympic Games and in the first round, the team set a new Olympic Record of 83.784%. On 7 August 2012 the pair were members of the team, which won the gold medal in the team dressage event. Two days later, in a routine, which included Land of Hope and Glory, The Great Escape and the chimes of Big Ben; the pair won the gold medal in the individual dressage event with a score of 90.089%.
A global superstar was born….
In December 2012 Dujardin, again riding Valegro, won the 2012 World Cup freestyle event held at Olympia with a score of 87.875%. On 19 April 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, Dujardin and Valegro won the FEI World Cup with a score of 94.169% on the final day of competition. This was their fourth consecutive World title, making them the only competition pair to have ever held four consecutive world titles.
Dujardin and Valegro also achieved an individual gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the Dressage Freestyle, making her the first British woman to retain an individual Olympic title, and briefly the most successful female British Olympian in the history of the Games, before Laura Trott surpassed her record with a fourth gold. Dujardin and Valegro set a new Olympic dressage score of 93.857 in the Grand Prix Freestyle and also won a team silver medal, once again making the nation proud.
SIMON GRIEVE - 3 DAY EVENTER
British rider Simon Grieve (36) made his Badminton debut in 2016. While he has completed Burghley six times he has yet to complete Badminton.
Simon, who is based near Tilton on the Hill, Leicestershire, was just five when he joined the Pony Club and in 1998 he competed at the Pony Club Championships at Sansaw. Aged 18 Simon left school and spent a year working in Debbie and Patrick Edmundson’s competition and dealing yard in Suffolk, riding and competing all types and sizes of horses. During this time he also competed the advanced event mare Ashdale Cover Girl with whom he was short-listed for the Young Rider European Championships.
Simon then moved to Leicestershire for a stint as a stable jockey for an Irish showjumper followed by two years as second rider to Sarah Cohen on the Preci-Spark Ltd event horses.
In 2006 Simon set up on his own as a freelance rider. His big breakthrough came when he linked up with BE trainer Caroline Moore who worked with Simon on his three-phase riding and pointed some owners in his direction. In September 2012 he completed his first four-star with Cornacrew.
In May 2013 Simon was side-lined from the sport for three months after suffering from Paget-Schroetter disease, a rare form of Deep Vein Thrombosis. He recovered just in time to compete at Burghley.
Simon trains with Richard Davison and Di Lampard. Outside of horses he is a regular at the local pool and gym and loves writing his blog for Horse & Hound. Out of season he is a keen skier.
Drumbilla Metro (aka Splash) is an 11-year-old Irish-bred (AES registered) gelding. He is by Metropole (a son of Libero H) out of Colleen’s Touch by Touchdown. He was originally acquired through Vere Phillips and formerly competed by Debbie Edmundson. He came to Simon at the beginning of 2014 and at the end of the year the pair was selected for and competed at the World Young Horse Championship CCI2*. In June 2017 they placed 10th in the CCI3* at Bramham and in September completed Burghley.
FEI rider and trainer for Royal endurance horses of HRH Prince Charles and HRH Sheikh Maryam. What is so special about Terry is that he rides all his horse bare foot.