Sunday, 21 January 2018

Greatest Horses - Valegro

Valegro is a horse few people have not heard of, ridden by Charlotte Dujardin he is a world record breaker in the dressage arena.  Born in 2002 in the Netherlands his sire was Negro a young dressage stallion and his dam Maifleur.

Originally called Vainqueurfleur he was renamed when sold to Negro's owner.  Carl Hester then bought him in 2005, he was gelded and shipped to England.  Valegro didn't grow as much as he hoped (he is now 16.2hh) and Carl considered selling him on, but was convinced otherwise - luckily!

Nicknamed Blueberry, Valegro was always easy, brave and keen to learn.  

2006       - Badminton Young Dressage Horse of the Future (ridden by Lucy Cartwright)
                - Shearwater 4yr old Champion (ridden by Carl Hester)
2007       - Badminton Young Dressage Horse of the Future (ridden by Carl Hester)

Charlotte joined Carl's yard and she and Valegro learnt together.

2007       - Shearwater 5yr old Champion
                - Novice Champion
2008       - Winter Elementary Champion
                - Shearwater 6yr old Champion
                - Elementary & Medium Champion
2009       - Winter Advanced Medium Champion
2010       - Prix St George & Intermediare I Champion
2011       - European Championship Team Gold
2012       - Olympics Team Gold & Individual Gold
2013       - European Championships Team Bronze & Individual Gold
                - KWPN Horse of the Year
2014       -  World Equestrian Games Team Silver & Individual Gold
2015       - FEI World Cup Dressage Winner
                - European Championships Individual Gold
2016       - Olympics Team Silver & Individual Gold

Valegro was officially retired at Olympia in 2016.

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