Great Britain’s double Olympic gold medal winning duo broke their own world record to win the FEI World Cup Grand Prix in Lyon over the weekend.
Top: FEI/Dirk Caremans
Charlotte and Valegro already held all three world records in Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special and Freestyle. They scored 87.129% in the World Cup Grand Prix, besting the 85.942% record they set at the 2013 European Championships.
““I wasn’t thinking about the score when I was in the arena, I just did my test and felt happy about it. Carl (Hester, her coach) was very happy which is always good, so when I heard it was a world record it was fantastic!” Charlotte explained in a press release.
The FEI has not released a full video of the performance, but here are some highlights:
Their record-breaking performance was followed on Sunday by a new freestyle, set to music from How to Train Your Dragon, that scored a 92.179%. It was the highest mark of the day, but not quite enough to break their record — although it seems quite probable that that will happen in the near future as their familiarity with the music develops.
“I had only ridden the test twice at home so I wasn’t as confident as I would be with my other music but I definitely think this is better than my old music. We were just messing around at home when I came up with the idea of the piaffe/pirouette at the end which is technically difficult but, being the super-star he is, Valegro can do it!” said Charlotte in a press-release.
Commentary and highlights from their freestyle:
Go Charlotte and Valegro!
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