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British dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin burst onto the world dressage scene in 2011 with the Dutch Warmblood Valegro. Charlotte was given the ride on Carl Hester's (her boss) and Roly Luard’s gelding as a young horse in 2007 to develop through the ranks and the pair clicked so well that the relationship continued into the higher levels. Charlotte and Valegro competed at their first Grand Prix in January 2011 and earned a record debut score of 74% which just set the pace for their meteoric rise. Recent accomplishments of Charlotte and Valegro include: breaking the record Grand Prix Special score with a 88.022%, setting the British record score for Grand Prix Freestyle with a 90.650%, and being part of the Gold Medal winning team at the 2011 European Championships.

Charlotte started her riding career at a young age in showing where she found much success including winning at Horse of the Year Show four times and Hickstead three times. After leaving school at 16, Charlotte went to work for top dressage rider Judy Harvey for four years and at the beginning of 2007 she came to Carl Hester for some lessons and he asked her to help out for 10 days and she never left after that.

Charlotte still rides and trains with Carl Hester and he is a joint owner of two of her top horses. Charlotte is now also a trainer in her own right, with a number of high profile clients including eventing legend, Mark Todd.