Charlotte Dujardin sweeps grand prix categories at Hickstead


  • Charlotte Dujardin was once in tremendous shape on the I.C.E Horseboxes All England Dressage Pageant at Hickstead as she secured a hat trick of wins within the CDI3* categories.



    She kicked her streak off via scoring a one-two within the grand prix, along with her Olympic hopeful Imhotep (Everdale x Vivaldi) first on 80.87% and the smooth Alive And Kicking 2nd with 77.37% – a non-public very best at global degree.

    Imhotep was once again at his imperious very best, along with his canter pirouettes a spotlight – receiving a ten from the pass judgement on at H, Andrew Gardner.

    “I had any such just right journey, it in reality felt like one of the vital very best grand prix checks we’ve ever achieved,” Charlotte stated. “He has an unbelievable engine and gear and it’s nonetheless about managing all of it.

    “My pirouettes, piaffe and zig-zags were given some in reality just right marks, however what was once so great was once that I simply rode the check and it simply felt like the entirety took place and was once a pleasant check to journey.

    “Ahead of it felt moderately tricky to place all of it in combination however now it feels such a lot more uncomplicated. He’s so a lot more assured, he’s more potent so it makes it more uncomplicated now for me with the intention to focal point at the little pinpoint portions while prior to I’ve needed to lend a hand him such a lot via it as a result of he’s had all this energy and no longer been ready to control it.”

    Charlotte Dujardin: “I felt moderately emotional”

    The mix didn’t moderately arrange a transparent spherical within the grand prix particular, with a slight blip within the one-time tempi adjustments, however however scored 81.36% to win – choosing up much more 10s for the canter pirouettes in addition to the piaffe.

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    “It was once a pricey mistake, however aside from that I’m so glad,” stated Charlotte. “He’s an unbelievable horse with such a lot middle and at all times needs to delight. The onerous factor is taking the danger and no longer creating a mistake, and that’s what I’m taking part in round with in this day and age. Optimistically, with regards to the time I would like all of it, I’ll have ironed all of it out.”

    Alive And Kicking gained her debut freestyle on 82.35% driving to the Frozen tune Charlotte used with Mount St John Freestyle.

    “I like that tune and concept it will swimsuit her smartly, however the floorplan is moderately tricky,” stated Charlotte. “I couldn’t were prouder of her, I felt slightly bit emotional on the finish – the place she is at this time in her coaching she couldn’t have achieved any further. She attempted so onerous, she responded all of the questions, and gave the entirety a move.”

    It feels improper to stay describing 10-year-old mare Alive And Kicking as a emerging famous person making an allowance for the spectacular and mature performances she assists in keeping generating, however she remains to be very green at this degree – which makes her achievements all of the extra outstanding.

    “Her piaffe-passage is solely wonderful, she slips out and in find it irresistible’s not anything,” added Charlotte. “I believe there’s so much to return along with her, she’s most effective 10, and I’m very, very excited for the longer term.”

    Carl Hester: “I’m so thankful to those horses for all that they’ve given me”

    Carl Hester was once 3rd within the CDI3* grand prix with the Ecu staff gold medallist Reputation on 76.23% and 2nd within the particular on 78.66% – whilst En Style gained the LeMieux Premier League grand prix magnificence on 75.3% and Fiona Bigwood’s impressive mare Quinn Q gained each the nationwide and global six-year-old categories.

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    Following the contest Carl was once in a reflective temper, writing: “I believe what the horses jogged my memory of this weekend was once simply how particular those moments proceed to be and why such a lot of folks are dedicated to this recreation with those horses which are at the start a part of our circle of relatives.

    “After they do check after check and check out and make only one small factor higher, giving their very best with the questions we ask of them and forgiving us if we don’t ask it completely at the day; it’s this sense of accept as true with and partnership that makes coaching horses and presenting them in arenas the best privilege.

    “There’s a large number of dialog happening in our neighborhood in this day and age and nonetheless such a lot to be mentioned for the longer term. This stays essential however no matter occurs in the following few months, I will in reality say that I’m so thankful to those horses for all that they’ve given me as a rider thus far and the pleasure they provide me on weekends like those. And that is all that I may just ask for.”

    Carl advised H&H he’s as but not sure on whether or not En Style or Reputation could be his Paris select if decided on. 

    At the present time it’s too early within the season to mention; Style was once very a hit in Tokyo, and has scored as much as 78%. That will be his most sensible mark within the particular, after which Reputation were given that this weekend and he’s no longer in complete throttle but. They’re each very succesful horses and confidently one in all them gets decided on,” he stated.

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    “This display has been a just right indication to each Charlotte and me that issues are getting into the best path, the horses are feeling unbelievable and I believe we’re beginning to iron out all of the main points which are had to get those prime ratings.”

    Carl and Charlotte plan to compete subsequent at Wellington Global Pageant of Dressage (4–11 June) as they proceed their Olympic arrangements.

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