Valegro, Dressage’s Beloved ‘Dancing Horse’
The unstoppable pair were the only duo in history to hold all four major titles simultaneously – Olympic, World, European and World Cup!
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Valegro is one of the most famous and successful horses in the history of the sport of dressage. With his rider, Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain, the stunning Dutch Warmblood gelding was half of one of the sport's all-time most successful partnerships. The unstoppable pair were the only duo in history to hold all four major titles simultaneously – Olympic, World, European and World Cup!
Charlotte and Valegro catapulted into the limelight after making history at the 2012 London Olympic Games where they helped the British Team win its first-ever Gold medal, with Charlotte becoming the first British dressage rider to claim the individual Gold, scoring a resounding 90.089% in the Freestyle.
The duo were crowned champions at the 2013 European Championships in Herning, Denmark, as well as the 2015 European Championships in Aachen, Germany, where they won double individual Gold medals at both, and also helped Britain clinch the team Bronze and Silver medals respectively.
Charlotte and Valegro went on to win the 2014 FEI World Cup™ Final in Lyon, France, and months later won two individual Gold medals at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) in Normandy, France, helping Britain win the team Silver medal as well.
When the famed pair arrived in Las Vegas to defend their title at the 2015 FEI World Cup™ Final, the excitement was palpable. Charlotte and Valegro were featured on billboards all over town and the crowds couldn’t wait to see them in action. And they didn’t disappoint! Their performances were spellbinding, earning numerous perfect scores of ‘10’ from the judges as well as loud cheers and standing ovations from the packed stadium. Their whopping score a 94.196% in the Grand Prix Freestyle secured their victory, and they made history by winning their fourth consecutive championships title.
The 2016 Rio Olympics were very emotional as it was rumored that it would most likely be Valegro’s last official competition. Their stunning performances helped the British team clinch the Silver medal and they successfully defended their individual Gold medals while setting a new Olympic record in the Freestyle with a score of 93.857%!
After such an amazing career, and absolutely nothing left to prove (or win for that matter), it was decided to let Valegro end his career on a high note. On December 14, 2016, Valegro was retired at age 14 in a farewell ceremony at the Olympia London International Horse Show. In usual fashion, Charlotte and Valegro performed a flawless Freestyle test in front of a sold-out crowd who gave them a resounding standing ovation. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house!