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Charlotte Dujardin Olympic champion

Olympic champion and dressage star Charlotte has claimed her sixth Olympic medal since she started riding aged two

Tokyo 2020 round-up: Charlotte Dujardin makes history as Great Britain’s most decorated female Olympian

The British equestrian and dressage Olympic champion rider won bronze in the individual dressage final last week and bronze in the team dressage.

These are the Charlotte Dujardin’s sixth Olympic medals, becoming Britain’s most decorated female Olympian of all time.

Previously, at the 2012 London Olympics, Charlotte won gold in both the team event and individual dressage on her horse, Valegro.

Winning her third gold, four years later in the 2016 Rio Olympics, Charlotte took home gold in the individual dressage event along with silver in the team dressage event.

She has also become the most successful British dressage rider, having won multiple major titles and world records.

Where is Charlotte Dujardin from?



Charlotte Dujardin has won multiple gold medals
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The Olympic champion was born in Enfield and brought up in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.

Beginning her horse-riding journey at just two years old, Charlotte found herself a second place at her first Pony Club show jumping event.

In order to fund both Charlotte’s and her sister’s horse-riding hobby, their mum, Jane Dujardin bought and sold horses.

As Charlottes’s horse riding journey continued, she won the Horse of the Year Show competition four times in a row after leaving school at the age of 16 and later won the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead three times.



Charlotte Dujardin rides Gio at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics
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Later in her 20s, Charlotte took a different direction from showjumping and concentrated on dressage.

Her journey with her well-known horse, Valegro began, after joining Hester, one of the first dressage trainers in the world, based in Gloucestershire.

Charlotte trained Valegro and by 2011, together they were both parts of the British team for the European Championships.

The pair went on to win gold at these 2011 Championships and later two golds in the 2012 London Olympics.



Charlotte Dujardin is Britain’s most decorated female Olympian of all time
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Charlotte won multiple titles with her horse Valegro in major titles. They went from strength to strength, before being disqualified in the 2019 European Championships.

During the dressage performance, Valegro was spotted with blood on his side which sadly lead to automatic disqualification for the pair.

However, this didn’t stop Charlotte from coming back stronger for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where she’s secured her sixth medal with her new horse, Gio.









Spotting Gio as a young horse during her dressage training, Charlotte began training him despite his limited experience in competitions.

Despite this, the horse would go on to secure Charlotte with two bronze medals in this year’s Olympics.

With the title of Britain’s most decorated female Olympian, Charlotte was appointed for an OBE in 2013 and a CBE in 2017, both for her services to equestrianism.



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Following on from this she was also voted for Sportswomen of the year, having won the FEI Championships, where she became the first dressage rider to ever win this title.

The Olympic dressage rider also released a book in 2018, titled The Girl on the Dancing Horse: Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro.











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