Charlotte Dujardin’s spectacular run of success at the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show continued on Thursday with another notable victory aboard her highly-rated ride Mount St John Freestyle.
The double Olympic dressage champion has high hopes for the nine-year-old mare, owned by Emma Blundell, with the World Equestrian Games in September unquestionably a realistic target.
Having won the grand prix by an emphatic margin on Wednesday, the combination returned to Bolesworth’s International Arena and produced an outstanding debut display in the grand prix special, sponsored by F&Co Equine/Theraplate.
Their score of 80.362 per cent put them well clear of the field and underlined to a bumper Bolesworth crowd and dressage’s wider audience what potential as a partnership they possess.
Charlotte’s Great Britain colleagues Gareth Hughes and Emile Faurie joined her in the top three, with Gareth and Classic Briolonca taking second spot on 75.383 per cent and Emile finishing third aboard Dono Di Maggio on 73.021 per cent.
The latest success made it six wins across the board for Charlotte at Bolesworth 2018, with successes in the grand prix special, grand prix, intermediate freestyle to music, prix st-georges and the six and seven-year-old classes.
Reflecting on Mount St John Freestyle’s latest success, Charlotte said: “I am really, really happy.
“That was her first ever grand prix special, and for a nine-year-old, I am just blown away by her. She gives so much, and nothing bothers her.
I had such a fantastic ride. There are a few little things to iron out, but hopefully in a few months’ time they will be good. I am so, so proud of her.”
Riders in the day’s opening class – the PSG Invitational, sponsored by Jones Homes – had to contend with gusting winds, but they coped admirably to provide a keenly-fought class that went to Jessica Roisin Dunn.
Jessica, riding Alicante’s Valley, was drawn first to go, and a score of 71.096 per cent gave them a comfortable victory from Francesca Bradley and Baldovino (67.982 per cent), with Sarah Higgins and Davidoff (67.193 per cent) taking third.