Charlotte Dujardin and Imhotep Light up London

Charlotte Dujardin and Imhotep at London International Horse Show 2024. Image credit London International Horse Show
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Charlotte Dujardin and Imhotep enjoyed success at the London International Horse Show on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th of December by scooping the feature dressage classes of each day.

No stranger to the limelight, multiple World and Olympic Champion Charlotte expertly navigated the striking 10-year-old chestnut gelding to pole position on both days, scooping titles in the FEI Dressage World CupTM Grand Prix and FEI Dressage World CupTM Freestyle to Music.

And the synergy didn’t stop there. The pair fought off tough competition on both days from double FEI World Championship gold medallist Charlotte (Lottie) Fry, who rode Everdale, brother to Imhotep by the same sire, substantiating the strength of the bloodline. Enjoying second place in both classes, Lottie rode formidable tests, producing cautious yet beautiful extensions alongside faultless flying changes in the Grand Prix on Wednesday.

Show debutants, Becky Moody and homebred KWPN gelding, Jagerbomb played hardball to finish in third place on both days, making it a one-two-three for GBR so far this year in dressage, under the sparkling lights of the London Excel arena.

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Becky Moody (GBR) riding Jagerbomb, third in the FEI Dressage World CupTM Freestyle to Music presented by Bret Willson Dressage International Ltd supported by Horse & Hound @LondonInternationalHorseShow/Peter Nixon
Becky Moody (GBR) riding Jagerbomb, third in the FEI Dressage World CupTM Freestyle to Music presented by Bret Willson Dressage International Ltd supported by Horse & Hound @LondonInternationalHorseShow/Peter Nixon

What made it even more special for Charlotte, was that Wednesday’s competition saw Imhotep’s first competition in an indoor arena,

“It’s Imhotep’s first indoor show, so for him to come here – to this incredible show with an amazing set up and atmosphere – and perform so well with no experience is amazing! I missed coming to the London International Horse Show so much last year and am so happy to be back, this time it being even more special with my daughter Isabella watching me.”

on her thoughts of the gelding’s future, Charlotte commented:

He is still a young horse and has so much more to give, I am very excited for what is to come next year!”

With the week only just beginning, there’s plenty still to watch and enjoy at the 2023 London International Horse Show. Visit the website here for more information.

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