Dujardin breaks world record
British dressage star Charlotte Dujardin has set a new world record for the Olympic grand prix special discipline.
The 25-year-old smashed the previous best by three per cent during today's event in Hagen, Germany.
It was a remarkable performance by the Gloucestershire-based world number five, who competed in her first grand prix competition barely 15 months ago.
Dujardin, who trains with world number two Carl Hester at his yard just outside Newent, scored 88.022% aboard her brilliant Olympics-bound horse Valegro.
And it earned her a standing ovation as she surpassed the previous world best held by Dutch rider Edward Gal and the legendary black stallion Totilas.
Dujardin was part of the Great Britain team that won European gold in Rotterdam last summer, when she forged a powerful quartet alongside Hester, Laura Bechtolsheimer and Emile Faurie.
And her latest performance will do little to quell the excitement surrounding a British dressage squad that will target a first Olympic medal in history at Greenwich Park later this year.
The prestigious Hagen show concludes later today with the grand prix freestyle, when Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris will be among the major contenders.