Charlotte Dujardin and her ride Valegro, the Olympic, world and European title-holders, secured their second consecutive title when winning the freestyle at the Reeem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage 2015 Final here on Saturday.
Dujardin and the 13-year-old Valegro danced their way across the arena to their music from “How To Train A Dragon”, scoring 94.196 points for their performance to clinch the win.
“I had a really good ride and it’s an incredible feeling!” said Dujardin. “Having a horse like Valegro is just amazing. He goes into that arena to perform – all I have to do is steer.
“I wasn’t sure how he would cope with all those people, but I think he loved the American crowd!”
Former world champion Edward Gal of the Netherlands, the FEI World Cup champion in 2010, took second place with 84.696 points. Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl earned 80.464 points and ranked third.
FEI World Cup Dressage, the only worldwide series in this discipline, is now in its 30th season. Judged on both technical and artistic merit, the FEI World Cup Dressage combines art, sport and partnership between horse and rider at the highest level and consistently proves a winning formula with audiences all over the world.