Great Britain claim dressage silver at the World Equestrian Games

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Olympic gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro secured a silver for Great Britain's dressage team at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy.

The pressure was on as Charlotte knew they had to score a minimum of 83.333% to overhaul Holland and secure second place behind Germany.

Once again Charlotte and Valegro were amazing. They received ten 'perfect 10' marks from the judges and posted a huge 85.271% ensuring she sealed another major medal alongside team-mates Carl Hester, Michael Eilberg and Gareth Hughes.

All three teams on the podium became the first nations, in any sport, to secure qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

''I had such fun'' said Charlotte, ''I went out there to do my very best and wanted to try to get us (the team) into a medal position. He (Valegro) did his best, and I am so lucky as he has just felt fantastic all week. He did try to stop on the centre line, but apart from that I was really, really happy. To go out there and get the welcome I got was fantastic. It's such a great feeling to have that many people behind you.''

Carl Hester, Michael Eilberg and Gareth Hughes completed the British team. Between them they received three 'perfect 10' marks from the judges.

Britain scored a total of 231.343 with the German team taking gold with a score of 241.700 and the Dutch team taking bronze with 227.400.

 


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August 28, 2014  |   Share: