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Dressage has been part of the Olympic Games since its debut in Stockholm in 1912. In the lead up to the Olympics, we take a look at the Team GB Dressage riders.
Charlotte Dujardin OBE and Valegro (AKA Blueberry)
Charlotte started her equestrian career in showing at a young age, but after lessons with Carl Hester in 2007 she began her Dressage journey. Charlotte completed her first Grand Prix in January 2011 riding Valegro and won with a record debut score of 74%. Charlotte won two gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games and has since won five team medals and seven Individual golds for Great Britain at Championship level.
Fiona Bigwood and Atterupgaards Orthilia (AKA. Tillie)
Fiona was a member of the British Dressage Team at the 1993 Juinor European Championships and achieved success after success with her trusty horse Pablo Picasso. Fiona has achieved numerous medals at the European Championships and World Equestrian Games over the years, taking home Team Silver while riding Tillie at the 2015 Senior European Championships
Carl Hester MBE and Nip Tuck (AKA. Barney)
Carl learnt to ride at an early age and after only two years of dressage he was crowned 1985 Young Rider National Champion. He has represented Great Britain since 1990 and won his first medal at the 2009 European Championships. With silver medals on Uthopia in 2011 and a stunning performance at the London Olympics which secured Team Gold, Carl was awarded an MBE in 2013.
Spencer Wilton and Super Nova II (AKA Neville)
Spencer began his career in eventing where he represented great Britain at the Pony European Championships back in 1987. He then turned his attention to Dressage and has since won thirteen National dressage titles. Spencer and Neville have achieved some good results during 2016, including top ten finishes in Roosendaal and first placings in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special Classes in Lier.
Rio 2016 will be Spencer’s Olympic debut.
We wish all Team GB riders the very best of luck at the upcoming Olympics.
If you are looking to improve your dressage, then take a look at this interesting article in Practical Horseman, written by German Olympian Helen Langehanenberg. In it she shares some of her best tips for success.
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