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Charlotte Dujardin Gold Post Box - Church Street, Newent, Gloucestershire
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB
N 51° 55.854 W 002° 24.210
30U E 541012 N 5753520
Quick Description: This gold post box dedicated to Olympian Charlotte Dujardin, Olympic dressage gold medallist, is located in Newent, Gloucestershire.
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 3/31/2015 2:36:13 PM
Waymark Code: WMNKXV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Chasing Blue Sky
Views: 1

Long Description:

This post box has been painted
gold by Royal Mail to celebrate
Charlotte Dujardin
Gold Medal Winner
London 2012 Olympic Games
Equestrian – Individual dressage

 

"Charlotte Dujardin OBE (born 13 July 1985) is an elite British dressage rider. Riding Valegro, Dujardin currently holds the complete set of the available individual elite dressage titles; the individual Olympic freestyle, World freestyle and Grand Prix Special, and European freestyle and Grand Prix Special titles. Dujardin is the first, and to date only, rider to hold this complete set of titles at the same time.

In addition, she forms part of the current Great Britain team for Team Dressage; as such she is also the current Olympic, and a former European, Team Dressage champion.

In 2015, Charlotte became Global Ambassador for the Brooke Hospital for Animals - an equine welfare charity that focuses on improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules in 11 countries around the world. It is her first official charity partnership.

After encouragement from her trainer, Debbie Thomas, Dujardin took up dressage with a horse bought from her grandmother's inheritance. In February 2007, after seeking employment with Carl Hester, he gave her some coaching and 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 to develop the novice Dutch Warmblood gelding Valegro by Hester and co-owner Roly Luard, with the intention of that horse being ridden by Hester. However, after competing 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 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%.

Olympics

Dujardin and Valegro were selected to represent Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and in the first round the team set a new Olympic Record of 83.784%. On 7 August 2012 the pair were members of the 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 BigBen; the pair won the gold medal in the individual dressage event with a score of 90.089%.

She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to equestrianism."

 

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