Monday, August 15, 2016

The Dynamic Duo That Dominated Dressage at Rio

If you are following the equestrian sports at Rio, then you can't help but read about the dynamic duo from Great Britain that has changed the sport of dressage forever, Charlotte DuJardin and her impeccable mount, Valegro.  They won an individual gold medal today (a repeat performance from London) and helped the UK win the overall silver medal in dressage.  The German powerhouse took gold and the US managed to take bronze.

But Charlotte DuJardin made her meteoric rise to the top of this sport on ambition and talent, not wealth, where top horses run in the six and seven figures, which is somewhat unusual in the moneyed sport of dressage.  She has a story to tell, how hard work, huge talent and a little luck all made her what she is today, likely the best in the world and maybe of all time.  The New Yorker article from April is well worth the long read.  You can read it here.

This phenom has checked all the boxes, all by the ripe old age of 31.

Her score today of 93.85% was the third best score ever recorded in this sport.  Guess who has the top two higher scores?  Yes, you guessed it.  She does. 

1 comment:

  1. Unfortunately the video link says "Sorry, this video is not available in your region due to rights restrictions." and I can't find it on YOuTube :(


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