In an action-packed day of dressage at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, the British team of Charlotte Dujardin, Emile Faurie, Carl Hester and Spencer Wilton, produced some stunning performances to secure Great Britain the team bronze medal, and with it Olympic qualification for Tokyo 2020.
The maestro Carl Hester, based in Gloucestershire, kicked the day off for Great Britain, taking to the U.S. Trust Arena for the second day of the Helgstrand Dressage Grand Prix competition with Lady Anne Evans, Ann Cory and his own Hawtins Delicato (Del). Producing some stunning work with the ten year-old gelding, the pair were rewarded with a score of 77.283%, a personal best in the Grand Prix with Del.
Commenting afterwards he said; “I knew I’d have to have the ride of my life today and I did. I had 77% in my mind as my target, not that I told anyone that, so I couldn’t be more pleased but I’m surprised! Earlier in the week I didn’t think he’d cope but I rode him early this morning in the arena in walk and he felt relaxed so I thought I might have a good ride. He absolutely put his heart into that test.”
Charlotte Dujardin, also based in Gloucestershire, with Mount St John Freestyle, owned by The Mount St John Stud, entered the arena just before the final session. With the stunning nine year-old mare, the duo shone in the Tryon sun, producing a stunning test to score 77.764%.
“What an amazing horse to come here and do that!” said an elated Charlotte. “To cope with the environment and produce a test like that, I’m over the moon with her. There’s a lot of expectation on her and I’m so proud that she didn’t bother with anything; she’s so exciting for the future. There were a couple of mistakes but easy to fix and I couldn’t really have asked for more from her, she’s a real trier.”
The team competition was won by Germany who finished with a total of 242.950. The USA finished second with 233.136 just ahead of Great Britain in third with 229.628.
The Grand Prix Special gets underway tomorrow, which sees the first individual medals awarded.
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