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Charlotte Dujardin
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Dujardin in 2012
Personal information
Full name Charlotte Susan Jane Dujardin
Nationality British
Born (1985-07-13) 13 July 1985 (age 38)
Enfield, Greater London, England
Height 1.70 m
Weight 61 kg
Country  Great Britain
Sport Equestrian dressage
Team British Dressage Federation
Turned pro 2011
Coached by Carl Hester, Ian Cast
Achievements and titles
Highest world ranking 1
Medal record
Representing  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Gold 2012 London Team dressage
(with Valegro)
Gold 2012 London Individual dressage
(with Valegro)
Gold 2016 Rio de Janeiro Individual dressage
(with Valegro)
Silver 2016 Rio de Janeiro Team dressage
(with Valegro)
Bronze 2020 Tokyo Team dressage
(with Gio)
Bronze 2020 Tokyo Individual dressage
(with Gio)
World Equestrian Games
Gold 2014 Normandy Spécial dressage
(with Valegro)
Gold 2014 Normandy Freestyle dressage
(with Valegro)
Silver 2014 Normandy Team dressage
(with Valegro)
Silver 2022 Herning Team dressage
Bronze 2018 Tryon Spécial dressage
(with Mount St John Freestyle)
Bronze 2018 Tryon Team dressage
(with Mount St John Freestyle)
European Dressage Championships
Gold 2011 Rotterdam Team dressage
(with Valegro)
Gold 2013 Herning Spécial dressage
(with Valegro)
Gold 2013 Herning Freestyle dressage
(with Valegro)
Gold 2015 Aachen Spécial dressage
(with Valegro)
Gold 2015 Aachen Freestyle dressage
(with Valegro)
Silver 2015 Aachen Team dressage
(with Valegro)
Silver 2021 Hagen Team dressage
(with Gio)
Bronze 2013 Herning Team dressage
(with Valegro)
Bronze 2021 Hagen Individual dressage
(with Gio)
Dressage World Cup
Gold 2014 Lyon Individual dressage
(with Valegro)
Gold 2015 Las Vegas Individual dressage
(with Valegro)

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 with, and second most successful female Olympian of all time behind, 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.


Gold post box Enfield Charlotte Dujardin
The gold post box for Charlotte Dujardin in Enfield.

Dujardin and Valegro were among the rider/horse pairs selected to represent Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics, In the first round this dressage team set a new Olympic Record of 83.784%. On 7 August 2012 the pair were members of the British team which won the gold medal in the team dressage event. Two days later, in a routine accompanied by music which included Land of Hope and Glory, The Great Escape and the chimes of Big Ben; the pair won the gold medal in the individual dressage event, with a score of 90.089%.

Dujardin and Valegro also won double individual gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics, making her the first British woman to retain an individual Olympic title. With three gold medals and a silver, Dujardin was briefly the most successful female British Olympian in the history of the Games before cyclist Laura Trott surpassed her record with a fourth gold. Dujardin and Valegro set a new Olympic dressage score of 93.857 in the Grand Prix Freestyle.

On 14 December 2016, Dujardin retired Valegro at age 14 after completing a freestyle test at the Olympia London International Horse Show. The event was televised live on the BBC. Valegro's final performance was followed by tributes from Carl Hester, Valegro's owner and Dujardin's trainer, and Alan Davies, Valegro's groom. Dujardin and Hester decided after the 2016 Summer Olympics that Valegro had done everything that he could have after winning 3 Olympic Gold medals (2 individual & 1 team), 1 Silver team gold, and numerous world titles with Dujardin, and wanted to let him end his career on a high note. "I wanted to retire him on a high note, because he owes me absolutely nothing", Dujardin said after an interview with the BBC.

International Championship results

Charlotte Dujardin - Gio - EM Hagen 2021
Charlotte Dujardin and Gio at 2021 European Championships
Year Event Horse Score Placing Notes
2011 European Championships Valegro 78.830% 1 Team
76.548% 6th Individual Special
79.357% 9th Individual Freestyle
2012 Olympic Games Valegro 83.663% 1 Team
90.089% 1 Individual
2013 European Championships Valegro 85.942% 3 Team
85.699% 1 Individual Special
91.250% 1 Individual Freestyle
2014 World Cup Final Valegro 92.179% 1
2014 World Equestrian Games Valegro 85.271% 2 Team
86.120% 1 Individual Special
92.161% 1 Individual Freestyle
2015 World Cup Final Valegro 94.196% 1
2015 European Championships Valegro 83.029% 2 Team
87.577% 1 Individual Special
89.054% 1 Individual Freestyle
2016 Olympic Games Valegro 85.071% 2 Team
93.857% 1 Individual
2018 World Equestrian Games Mount St. John Freestyle 77.764% 3 Team
81.489% 3 Individual Special
2019 European Championships Mount St. John Freestyle EL 4th Team
66th Individual
2021 Olympic Games Gio 79.544% 3 Team
88.543% 3 Individual
2021 European Championships Gio 79.829% 2 Team
87.246% 3 Individual


Dujardin was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours, both for services to equestrianism.

Dujardin has a modern strip of public housing named after her in Enfield.

Personal life

Her then-fiance Dean Golding wore a shirt bearing the proposal "Can we get married now?" after she won the gold medal at the Rio Olympics. Dean Golding is her long-term partner, although they are not married.

In 2022, Dujardin announced she was pregnant with her first child. Her daughter, Isabella Rose, was born on 6 March 2023.

Writing and television

Dujardin released her autobiography, The Girl on the Dancing Horse: Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, in (2018). She guest-starred on the Netflix show Free Rein.

See also

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