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Before and After: What an Olympic Horse Looks Like at Age 6

That’s not a rear. That’s literally just the jump in his canter. Drool.

[top image: Horse & Country]

Valegro, the Olympic gold-winning Dutch Warmblood, was recently named Horse of the Year for the breed…and understandably so. With his rider Charlotte Dujardin, he has now broken every Grand Prix dressage world record, taken home both the team and individual Olympic gold medals in dressage duringĀ  the Summer 2012 Olympics (on another record score) and has remained unbeaten since the CDI Kapellen in January 2012.

You know…no big deal if you’ve been training under Carl Hester.

Before he was bringing home dressage scores above 90% (!), Valegro (known as ‘Blueberry’ in the barn) was just another young prospect in Carl Hester’s training program. Here’s a video from 2008 showing him at age 6, before anyone realized what he and Dujardin would go on to achieve.

 

Pretty amazingĀ  movement for a six-year-old! And it just got better as Dujardin went on to develop his ability for collection, and culminated with their record-breakingĀ 93.975% freestyle seven years later:

 

It just goes to show that slow and steady progress really does pay off!

Go Riding.

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