Charlotte Dujardin is an elite British dressage rider, a gold medal winner at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and a double gold medalist at the London 2012 Olympics Games.
Charlotte Dujardin - Brooke global ambassador
In 2015 Charlotte announced her first official charity partnership; global ambassador for Brooke.
I’m very proud to be associated with a cause that is committed to making a real difference to the lives of animals that are less fortunate than those we have here in the UK.
Charlotte’s first task in her role as ambassador was to travel to India to learn about Brooke’s work. Joined by friend and fellow International Grand Prix dressage rider Alice Oppenheimer, she met some amazing animals along the way.
Charlotte Dujardin in India
Charlotte's early years
Born in Enfield and brought up in Hertfordshire, Charlotte started riding as a two-year old. By 16, with the devoted backing and support of her family, she 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.
Charlotte brings on the novice gelding Valegro
Charlotte 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 percent.
In February 2007 she had some lessons with legendary Carl Hester, who, on spotting her talent within days, 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 him being ridden by Hester. However, after competing in their first dressage Grand Prix event in 2011, the combination became part of the successful team which won gold in a European dressage championship competition in Rotterdam and thus began their meteoric rise.
Charlotte and Valegro represent Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympic Games
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 percent. 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 percent.
Charlotte Dujardin is European Champion, World Champion and holds all three World Records in Dressage. In 2014 she was announced as The Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Year and BT Action Woman of the Year 2014.