Du­jardin leads medal bid at Euro champs

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OLYMPIC cham­pion Char­lotte Du­jardin will lead Great Bri­tain’s dres­sage medal bid at the FEI Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Rot­ter­dam later this month.

Newent-based Du­jardin, who won Olympic in­di­vid­ual gold in Lon­don and Rio, will be aboard the 10-year-old Mount St John Freestyle.

She dom­i­nated world dres­sage with her pre­vi­ous ride Vale­gro, en­joy­ing a medal and world record-laden ca­reer.

Vale­gro was re­tired af­ter the 2016 Olympics, since when Du­jardin has made rapid progress on Mount St John Freestyle, in­clud­ing bronze medal suc­cess at last year’s World Equestrian Games.

Du­jardin’s fel­low Olympic team gold medal­list Carl Hester, also based at Newent, rid­ing Hawtins Del­i­cato, Gareth Hughes on Clas­sic Bri­olinca and Char­lotte Fry, with Dark Legend, com­plete a squad an­nounced by the Bri­tish Equestrian Fed­er­a­tion.

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