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August 22, 2013

Valegro Sets New World Grand Prix Record

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro set a new Grand Prix record at the ECCO FEI European Championships on Aug. 22. Photo by Kat Netzler.

British duo Valegro and Charlotte Dujardin set a new world Grand Prix record today, Aug. 22, with a score of 85.94 percent at the ECCO FEI European Championships in Herning, Denmark.

Valegro, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood (Negro—Maifleur, Gerschwin) gelding owned by Carl Hester and Roly Luard, was also the previous world record holder for the Grand Prix with a score of 84.44 percent. The pair earned individual gold and helped Great Britain to team gold at last year’s Olympic Games in London.

Dujardin, 27, and Valegro also hold the highest-ever Grand Prix Special score, 88.02 percent, earned at the Hagen CDI (Germany) in April 2012. Totilas and Edward Gal are still the Grand Prix freestyle record holders with a score of 92.30 percent.

In the European Championships team dressage competition, Germany took gold (234.65) with a top performance coming from Helen Langehanenberg on Damon Hill NRW (84.37%), while the Netherlands earned silver (233.96). Great Britain finished a close third on a score of 233.54.  

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