Dujardin ends 2012 in style

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FINMERE’S Olympic dressage star Charlotte Dujardin ended her sensational 2012 by setting a new world best score before storming to victory at the World Cup freestyle in Olympia.

The double Olympic champion guided her horse Valegro to an emphatic grand prix win on Monday with a score of 84.447%, beating the previous best score set by Dutchman Edward Gal in 2009.

It means Charlotte, who learnt her dressage skills in Great Horwood, now holds world records in two of dressage’s three top-flight disciplines – grand prix and grand prix special.

And her amazing year finished in the best possible way on Tuesday when she won the World Cup with a score of 87.975%.

She said: “The horse is amazing, I am just so lucky to have him. I am so overwhelmed. I had the worst headache earlier in the day. I rode a bit safer than I would normally.

“Obviously, I am absolutely delighted. He had a good holiday after London, and he has come back stronger. He couldn’t have come back and done any better.”

Dujardin ‘s incredible year could get even better tonight at the London International Horse Show, where she is hot-favourite to win the Reem Acra FEI World Cup freestyle class at Olympia.