Charlotte Dujardin delivered a scintillating dressage double on day two of the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show.
And it meant that she completed a clean sweep of the three major classes – adding grand prix special and freestyle success to her grand prix victory on Wednesday.
Less than 24 hours after winning the grand prix, Charlotte returned to Bolesworth’s International Arena with Mount St John Freestyle and triumphed in the Theraplate UK Grand Prix Special.
It was another assured display by the double Olympic individual champion in what was Mount St John Freestyle’s first event since last year’s World Equestrian Games in America.
And like in the grand prix, they posted a personal best score as a combination, scoring 82.979%.
Charlotte’s mentor and trainer Carl Hester was also in impressive form aboard Hawtins Delicato, producing a fine test to finish on 78.936% for second, with Gareth Hughes and Classic Briolinca taking third and Henriette Anderson finishing fourth on Flavio.
There was no stopping Charlotte in the Equitop Myoplast Grand Prix Freestyle to Music either, this time on 12-year-old gelding Erlentanz.
They recorded a commanding score of 84.100% after a performance that oozed quaity and class, leaving them way clear of the field.
The chasing pack was led by Richard Davison and Bubblingh on 78.795%, while third place went to Denmark’s Ulrik Moelgaard and Michigan.
Reflecting on her achievements at Bolesworth, Charlotte said: “I am absolutely delighted with the performances.
“Mount St John Freestyle in the grand prix special, she tried so hard, and Erlentanz was an absolute pleasure to ride. Both horses couldn’t have done any more.
“I am really excited heading towards Tokyo, hopefully with Mount St John Freestyle, and some other horses in reserve to back me up as well.
“There is still more to come from Freestyle, and another year on heading towards Tokyo, fingers crossed, it should be very exciting. I definitely know she can cope with pressure and all sorts of environments.
“It’s a fantastic show at Bolesworth, riding in that international arena. It is an honour to be here with my horses and to compete here.”
The day’s opening dressage class – the NFU Mutual Prix St Georges Invitational – was won by Scottish rider Robyn Smith.
South Lanarkshire-based Robyn topped the leaderboard on Francesco 77, posting a score of 70.735%, with Canadian challenger Rakeya Moussa finishing second aboard Davidoff V.H. Trichelhof and third place going to Paul Friday, riding Haetins Horatio, who was also fourth on Romanno Rafiel.