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Charlotte Dujardin Rides Gio to Victory in Debut International Grand Prix Freestyle at Keysoe CDI3*

KEYSOE, England, Oct. 10, 2020–Charlotte Dujardin rode Gio, the horse she found at a California master class four years ago, to the pair’s first victory in their debut CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday night on a score that was higher than the first musical performance by Valegro 11 years ago.

Charlotte and the nine-year-old KWPN gelding scored 83.360% for the win, a day after placing second to Charlotte and Mount St. John Freestyle in the Grand Prix. Earlier Saturday, Charlotte and Freestyle, won the Grand Prix Special (see report

Scores for Charlotte and Gio, nicknamed Pumpkin for his bright orange color, ranged from a high of 84.500% to a low of 82.125%.

The first Big Tour Freestyle result for Valegro, that Charlotte rode to 2012 Olympic team and individual gold medals and 2016 team silver and individual gold, was 79.357% in the 2011 European Championships. At the London Olympia Christmas show four months later, the pair scored 83.700% in the Freestyle. Four years after Valegro’s retirement, the records the duo set in the Freestyle, 94.300% as well as for the Grand Prix and the Special remain unbroken.

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