Valegro

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Valegro
Charlotte Dujardin 2012 Olympic Dressage-1.JPG
With Charlotte Dujardin at the 2012 Olympics
Breed Dutch Warmblood
Sire Negro
Grandsire Ferro
Dam Maifleur
Maternal grandsire Gershwin
Sex Gelding
Foaled 2002
Country Netherlands
Colour Dark Bay
Owner Carl Hester Rowena Luard Anne Barrott
Trainer Maddie Sullivan
Rider Charlotte Dujardin
Record
Grand Prix world record, Grand Prix Special world record, Grand Prix Freestyle world record
Major wins
Olympic Individual Gold Brazil 2016 ,Olympic Team Gold London 2012; Olympic Individual Gold London 2012; European Team Bronze Herning 2013; European Individual Gold Grand Prix Special Herning 2013; European Individual Gold Grand Prix Freestyle Herning 2013; FEI Reem Acra World Cup Dressage Lyon 2014; Team Silver World Equestrian Games Normandy 2014; Individual Gold Grand Prix Special World Equestrian Games Normandy 2014; Individual Gold Grand Prix Freestyle World Equestrian Games Normandy 2014; Winner of the FEI Reem Acra World Cup Dressage Las Vegas 2015; European Team Silver Aachen 2015; European Individual Gold Grand Prix Special Aachen 2015; European Individual Gold Grand Prix Freestyle Aachen 2015
Olympic medal record
Equestrian
Gold medal – first place 2012 London Team dressage
Gold medal – first place 2012 London Individual dressage
Gold medal – first place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Individual dressage
Silver medal – second place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Team dressage

Valegro (born 2002) is a gelding ridden by the British equestrian Charlotte Dujardin in the sport of dressage. He stands 16.2hh and has the stable name of Blueberry. He is a double World Champion in Dressage, he won Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix Freestyle at the World Equestrian Games in 2014.[1]

Having joined Carl Hester's stable in Newent, Gloucestershire as a groom, Dujardin was offered the opportunity to develop the novice Dutch Warmblood gelding by Hester and co-owner Roly Luard, with the later intention of the horse being ridden in competition by Hester.[2]

Valegro has remained unbeaten since CDI Kapellen in January 2012.[3]

The combination became part of the team which won gold in a European Dressage Championships event in Rotterdam. They then won the FEI World Cup grand prix at London Olympia in 2011, setting a world record for the Olympic grand prix special discipline scoring 88.022%, in April 2012.[4][5][6]

Selected to represent Great Britain in the 2012 Summer Olympics,[7] in the first round they set a new Olympic record of 83.784%.[8] On 7 August 2012 the pair were members of the team which won the gold medal in the team dressage event.[9] Two days later they won the gold in the individual dressage event with a score of 90.089%.[10][11]

At the 2013 European Championships in Herning, Charlotte and Valegro won both the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special with 85.94% and 85.69%.[12]

At Olympia 2013 he beat the Grand Prix Freestyle world record (by around 2%) he set the new record to 93.975% (the record was previously held by Edward Gal and Moorlands Totilas). At Olympia 2014 he improved his own Grand Prix Freestyle world record (94.3%) and his own Grand Prix world record (87.46%).

Valegro also achieved a Gold medal in the individual dressage at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with a score of 93.857%.

Retirement[edit]

On December 14 2016, Valegro and Charlotte Dujardin marked his retirement from competition with an emotionally charged, faultless performance given at the London International Horse Show 2016 and televised live by the BBC. [13] It was followed by a farewell ceremony with Valegro's owners, and companions Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester and Alan Davies. [14]

Breeding[edit]

Valegro is sired by the legendary KWPN stallion Negro, by Olympic Ferro.

Furioso II is his great great damsire.[15]

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