Mrs. Valegro Is Four for Four!

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International newcomer Mount St John Freestyle has competed in two freestyles in her short career.

Twice, she’s broken 81%. Twice, she’s taken home the win.

The new international mount of three-time Olympic gold medalist Charlotte Dujardin (GBR), the mare dominated the CDI4* division at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in the UK, winning the both the Al Shira’aa Grand Prix and the Al Shira’aa Grand Prix Freestyle to Music.

It’s the second time they’ve accomplished the feat in as many months. In April, the Hanoverian mare made her international debut with back-to-back victories at the Nieuw en Sint Joosland CDI3* in the Netherlands.

Today’s freestyle, ridden to the How to Train Your Dragon score made famous by Dujardin’s Olympic partner Valegro, saw Dujardin and Freestyle as the only combination in a field of 12 to crack the 80% barrier with a score of 81.2%. (In the Netherlands, they won with a 81.450%.)

The most impressive part: the mare is only nine!

“That was only her second freestyle and it’s not something we practice at home so I am really happy. Everything she does, she does so well and I can’t ask for more, especially at this stage,” said Dujardin.

“It was Valegro’s very first music and brings back many memories and always gives me goosebumps—and I just love riding to it.”

With four consecutive victories in CDI ring, the horse being dubbed “Mrs. Valegro” is already a fan—and judge—favorite, which means it’s high time she gets her own music.

To that end, there’s really only one choice for a horse named Freestyle…


Because if 62-year-old Richard Davison (GBR) can pull off “Gangsta’s Paradise” without irony, there’s no limit to what a contagiously delightful 32-year-old like Dujardin can do.

You’re welcome, Charlotte.

Carl Hester (GBR) make his international freestyle debut with the British-bred gelding Hawtins Delicato, finishing second for the second day in a row. Former British team rider Gareth Hughes finished third in the freestyle with Don Carissimo.

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