Olympic champions Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro finally got to lead an honor round at the Aachen CHIO today, but their victory was a rather hollow one for British dressage fans. The dragon the pair had been trying to slay all weekend—comeback kid Totilas, with German rider Matthias Rath, withdrew from the Grand Prix freestyle and thus denied their British rivals a third chance to finally beat them.
It’s a feat only the best could pull off: riding a brand-new freestyle for only the third time ever and winning the Reem Acra FEI Dressage World Cup in front of thousands. But Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin is the best.
They’ve set world records, swept the gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games and conquered their foes yet again at the 2013 European Championships (Denmark). But there are two major titles Valegro and British rider Charlotte Dujardin still need to capture to make their dressage dominance complete, and one is up for the taking this weekend in Lyon.
It’s going to be a long drive back to his wife’s hospital bedside tomorrow night, but Boyd Martin will be making the trip in style after clinching the Red Hills CIC*** win today aboard Trading Aces. And Silva, who’s recovering from a serious brain injury after a fall on Tuesday, will be happy to see her husband bringing home the bacon in the form of a one-year lease on a luxury SUV.
She’s slogged through rain, she’s jumped through mud, and now Last Call has but one more phase standing between her and a mega-comeback story. Today she and longtime rider Alexandra Knowles laid down a flawless show jumping performance over tacky turf to retain their dressage lead in the 48-horse Red Hills CIC*** division.