Charlotte Dujardin and IMHOTEP

Charlotte Dujardin competing in the Grand Prix Dressage at Royal Windsor Horse Show 2023

Charlotte Dujardin and IMHOTEP competing in the Grand Prix Dressage at Royal Windsor Horse Show 2023

Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester’s IMHOTEP returned to international competition on at Royal Windsor Horse Show, two months after giving birth to her daughter Isabella.

Dujardin competed in the Grand Prix and Freestyle classes.

IMHOTEP (Results)

Gender: Gelding
Foaled: 2013
Height: 16.2
Sire: EVERDALE (KWPN)
Dam: DELLA D’OTTIE (KWPN)
Sire of Dam: VIVALDI
Owner(s): Carl Hester
Blood: 32%

Charlotte Dujardin

Charlotte Susan Jane Dujardin CBE (born 13 July 1985) is a British dressage rider, equestrian and writer. A multiple World and Olympic champion, Dujardin has been described as the dominant dressage rider of her era. She held the complete set of available individual elite dressage titles at one point: the individual Olympic freestyle, World freestyle and Grand Prix Special, World Cup individual dressage and European freestyle, and Grand Prix Special titles. Dujardin was the first rider to hold this complete set of titles at the same time.

With six Olympic medals, including three gold medals, Dujardin is Britain’s joint most decorated female Olympian of all time, tied with cyclist Laura Kenny.Early life
Born in Enfield, Dujardin was brought up in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, where she attended Vandyke Upper School. She started riding as a two-year-old, returning her elder sisters’ horses from the show jumping ring to the horse trailer. Aged three, she achieved second place at her first Pony Club show jumping competition. To finance their hobby, their mother Jane Dujardin bought and sold ponies for her daughters to ride to enable them to continue riding.
Leaving school aged 16, Dujardin won the Horse of the Year Show competition four times and was a winner at All England Jumping Course at Hickstead on three occasions. As a child Dujardin was diagnosed with dyslexia.


After encouragement from her trainer Debbie Thomas, Dujardin took up dressage with a horse bought from an inheritance from her grandmother. In February 2007, after she sought employment with Carl Hester, he gave her some coaching. Spotting her talent, he offered her a job as a groom at his yard in Newent, Gloucestershire, where she has since remained. Dujardin’s owned-horse is Fernandez.

In 2011, Dujardin was asked by Hester and co-owner Roly Luard to develop the novice Dutch Warmblood gelding Valegro, with the intention of that horse being ridden by Hester. However, Dujardin competed on Valegro in their first dressage Grand Prix event in 2011, the combination became part of the successful team which won gold in a European Dressage Championship event at Rotterdam. The pair then won the FEI World Cup Grand Prix at London Olympia in 2011, setting a new World Record for the Olympic Grand Prix special discipline by point-scoring at 88.022%, in April 2012.

In December 2012 Dujardin, again riding Valegro, won the 2012 World Cup freestyle event held at Olympia, with a score of 87.875%. On 19 April 2015 in Las Vegas, Dujardin and Valegro won the FEI World Cup with a score of 94.169% on the final day of competition. This was their fourth consecutive World Title; they are the only competition pair to have ever held four consecutive world titles.

In 2023 she returned to international competition after the birth of her daughter Isabella and won the Grand Prix at both Royal Windsor and London International horse Show on Carl Hester’s IMHOTEP.

Notable Results for Charlotte Dujardin and IMHOTEP

2023

London International Horse Show – 1st GP, GPF
Royal Windsor Horse Show – 1st GP, GPF

Charlotte Dujardin and IMHOTEP - Land Rover, Royal Windsor Horse Show 2023

Charlotte Dujardin and IMHOTEP - Land Rover, Royal Windsor Horse Show 2023

Charlotte Dujardin and IMHOTEP - Land Rover, Royal Windsor Horse Show 2023

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