Profile: Charlotte Dujardin

Charlotte Dujardin

Key Facts

Date of Birth: 12/7/1985
Birthplace: Enfield, Greater London, England
Residence: England
Height: 1.70 m / 5′ 7″
Status: Active
Career: 2007 – Present




Charlotte Dujardin, OBE is Great Britain’s most successful Olympic equestrian. She is also the most successful British dressage rider in the history of the sport. And currently holds all major titles and world records in the sport.


Born in Enfield, Dujardin started riding as a two year-old. Aged three, she achieved second place at her first Pony Club show jumping competition. To finance her and her sister’s hobby, their mother Jane Dujardin bought and sold ponies to enable her daughters to continue riding.


After leaving school aged 16, Dujardin won the Horse of the Year Show competition four times and was a winner at Hickstead on three occasions.


After encouragement from her trainer, Debbie Thomas, Dujardin took up dressage with a horse bought using her grandmother’s inheritance. She became Carl Hester‘s groom in 2007, after he spotting her talent during some coaching. She still trains on his yard in Newent, Gloucestershire.


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 that year, 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 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, Nevada, US, Dujardin and Valegro won the FEI World Cup with a score of 94.169%. This was their fourth consecutive World Title making them the only competition pair to have ever held four consecutive world titles.


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, World Cup individual dressage and European freestyle and Grand Prix Special titles.


In addition, she forms part of the current Great Britain team for Team Dressage. She has also won Olympic and European Team Dressage championships with Great Britain.




3 Olympic gold medals
1 Olympic silver old medals
Individual Olympic freestyle dressage winner
World freestyle dressage winner
Grand Prix Special dressage winner
World Cup individual dressage winner
European freestyle dressage winner
Grand Prix Special dressage winner



Fun Facts

Competed for Team GB in Rio 2016 in Equestrian Jumping Individual, and Equestrian Jumping Team.
Her long-term partner, Dean Golding used Rio 2016 to pop the question, by wearing a shirt bearing the proposal: “Can we get married now?”.

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