DRESSAGE: Charlotte Dujardin's remarkable clean sweep at World Equestrian Games

DRESSAGE: Charlotte Dujardin's remarkable clean sweep at World Equestrian Games

Charlotte Dujardin celebrates another gold medal at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy. Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Great Britain's Charlotte Dujardin riding Valegro in the Dressage Freestyle Grand Prix at the World Equestrian Games. Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain, poses on the podium during the medal ceremony of the Grand Prix Special individual dressage competition. Picture: AP Photo/Michel Euler

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CHARLOTTE DUJARDIN’S dominance of the sport of dressage is total after she claimed individual gold in both the grand prix special and the freestyle at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy.

It means that Newent-based Dujardin, 29, now holds the Olympic, European and World individual dressage titles.

She can also claim three individual world records with her 12-year-old wonder horse Valegro.

Earlier in the week her top individual score in the team event hauled Team GB up to the silver medal position.

On Friday she capped a magnificent week by lighting up Caen's Stade D'Ornano with a brilliant freestyle to music performance that earned a score of 92.161 per cent, giving her the gold medal comfortably from Germany's Helen Langehanenberg (88.286 per cent) with Holland's Adelinde Cornelissen in third.

The Gloucestershire rider is therefore Olympic champion (freestyle), European champion (grand prix special and freestyle) and World champion (grand prix special and freestyle).

"It just feels so surreal," she said. "After London, I never thought it could get better, then last year we had the Europeans and now my first Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

"To come away from here with two individual golds and a team silver, I can't believe it."

A crowd of around 20,000 gave Dujardin a rapturous reception, and she once again delivered under pressure with a performance that oozed star quality.

"I don't think there is anything else I want to achieve on him (Valegro)," she added. "He has already exceeded what I wanted to do – way beyond that. He is just such a special horse.

"The rides in the grand prix team (85.271 per cent) and grand prix special (86.120 per cent) were just incredible, and then today I love the music we performed to and he just felt absolutely fantastic.

"I've had one bad ride out of the eight years I have been riding the horse – at Aachen (in July this year) – and who can moan about one day? Not me, that's for sure.

"With what I have achieved on that horse, and what that horse has done for me, he is just one in a million."

Dujardin also praised her Newent-based mentor Carl Hester, who part-owns Valegro and finished 12th himself on Nip Tuck.

“He’s the best trainer in the world,” she said. “What he’s done for me and the opportunities he’s given me, I couldn’t have asked for any more.”

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