Charlotte Dujardin recently told the BBC that the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will be the last competition for her top mount, Valegro. Valegro currently holds world records in the Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix freestyle.
“This will be Valegro’s retirement after Rio, so I want to go out there and want to enjoy every last minute,” Dujardin told BBC Points West.
Dujardin and Valegro, the 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood dressage superstar, won Olympic, FEI World Equestrian Games and FEI European Championships gold. Valegro is owned by Carl Hester, Rowena Luard and Anne Barrott.
While Dujardin admits that there will be logistical concerns about travelling to Brazil and getting Valegro acclimated, she tells the BBC that she wants to savor her final competition with her unrivaled partner.
“I just take it all on board,” she said. “I try not to let that all bother me. Riding Valegro always makes you smile so I enjoy it.”