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Grand Prix Dressage – Olympia Press Conference


Unless you have been hidden under a rock for the last couple of days you cannot have the amazing double world record achieved by Charlotte Dujardin during the dressage Grant Prix and the Kur at Olympia.

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I was lucky enough to attend the press conference after the Grand Prix which was attended by Bernard Maurel (judge), Charlotte Dujardin, Edward Gal and Danielle Heijkoop who were the top three after the Grand Prix.

Bernard Maurel:

‘The precision was very good. Throughout there are small details which can be improved with all the basics linked. (This horse) offers the greatest expression and collection. There are very few countries in the world that have such a crowd for dressage. It is good for the sport to have stars which people turn out for.’

Charlotte Dujardin:

‘Coming from BBC Sports Personality of the Year and representing dressage was a huge honour, getting up in front of 12,000 people was very scary! It made today a breeze. I love this show. I used the test as a schooling round and to enjoy it as not been out since World Equestrian Games. Breaking records just happens. Win or lose as long as I am happy thats good enough. A world record is a bonus.’

‘I currently have a cold and tomorrow is another competition. I love the freestyle and I plan to let rip and let it happen. If its a world record, great, if not its another day.  After WEG the horse had a couple of months off then we just picked him up. We have got him fitter and slimmer and built everything up slowly towards here. We have been using

Edward Gal:

‘Difficult going in after Charlotte as Undercover is a hot horse. It was difficult to start and I had to hold back at the beginning of the test. The one time changes were good. I lost them yesterday (Monday practicing) but have found them again today! The horse was great in the prize giving which is a good sign. We love to come here at Christmas and its good in the evening, its also good for dressage thought it is hard to have to wait all day to perform.’

Danielle Heijkoop:

‘There are many highlights. I love London, I love the shopping and now its sleeping time! The dressage is important as well and a particular highlight was the passage. I am happy with today’s test.’

About the author


An amateur rider who produces all her own horses. I have competed at novice level and sadly never got further due to bad luck with horses but I am still ambitious to achieve a lot more. I have a riding qualification in UKCC2 and a diploma in NLP. Sports science and particularly the mental game fascinates me. For a day job I work for a large multinational brand.