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Dance On, Blueberry…
Charlotte Dujardin, currently the world’s most famous dressage competitor, has been reassured that her equine co-champion, Valegro will never be sold and is hers to ride as long as she wishes.
CNN’s article, ‘Girl with the dancing horse’ Charlotte Dujardin no longer fears last waltz, reports that:
“Valegro, the horse on which she won double gold, on which she was crowned double European champion and on which she aims to repeat the feat at August’s world championships, was attracting big offers.
He was valued at $10 million but, after much speculation, Valegro’s “For Sale” sign has finally come down — meaning they now have the chance to continue a remarkable record-setting run together.
“His future is secure — he is never going to be sold, we have him forever,” the British rider says of the 12-year-old horse, which is co-owned by her mentor and fellow Olympic champion Carl Hester and Roly Luard.
“It’s an unbelievable relief. It was really, really hard knowing that every competition we did might be our last one. I never knew what was going on, I was too afraid to ask,” Dujardin tells CNN.”
Read the full article by Matt Majendie here, for an enlightening profile of Dujardin’s thoughts about Valegro and the highs and lows of their career together – including the fact that his barn name is “Blueberry”