Charlotte Dujardin gives birth to baby Isabella Rose

Charlotte DUJARDIN (GBR) & Imhotep - Grand Prix - Dressage - FEI World Championships Herning 2022. Image credit British Equestrian / Jon Stroud

British Dressage Legend Charlotte Dujardin gives birth to baby Isabella Rose

Double Olympic champion, Charlotte Dujardin and her long term partner, Dean Golding, have joyously welcomed the safe arrival of their daughter, Isabella Rose on 6th March 2023. Dujardin’s PR agent has said “On behalf of Charlotte Dujardin, we are delighted to say that Isabella Rose has entered the world safely and to the delight and joy of both Charlotte and Dean,”

“Isabella was born yesterday, 6th March, at 9.48am and is already surrounded by immense love and excitement from Charlotte, Dean and their families.”

Dujardin is the 2012 and 2016 Olympic dressage champion on Valegro. In 2021 she claimed bronze at the Tokyo Olympics on Gio. She last competed internationally with Imhotep at the 2022 World Championships in Herning, where she finished 10th in the Kur finals. Her last competition was in September at the 2022 British National Championships. Baby’s father, partner Dean Wyatt Golding, formerly owned a pub in The Cotswolds with his father

Charlotte and Dean, a South African pub landlord’s son from the Cotswolds, first got together in 2007 when she was a dressage rider training at Carl Hester’s yard near Newent. The couple lived in a cottage near to the yard where she trained with her iconic horse Valegro. The couple became engaged a year after their first meeting, and Dean famously proposed to Charlotte at the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games.  However, they officially announced their intention to marry at her baby shower in 2022.

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Charlotte and the legendary Valegro
Charlotte and the legendary Valegro

Prior to this, Dujardin went public with the news of her pregnancy on social media, saying “In early 2023, myself and Dean will be expecting our first child and our hearts are already full of more love than we thought possible,” she posted. “A new chapter in our journey will begin; one that we have always hoped for, and we cannot wait to welcome our little girl into the world. I just hope she already knows, how much she has been wished for and how much love awaits her, from ourselves and our excited families.” 

Dujardin’s wins at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic games are legendary. She also claimed bronze at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Gio. She last competed internationally with Imhotep at the 2022 World Championships in Herning, where she finished 10th in the Kur finals. Her last competition was in September at the 2022 British National Championships. 

Since then, Dujardin has kept busy supporting British 18 year old Anabella Pidgley who, after working together for a year with Gio, made their winning international grand prix debut in the Netherlands in 2002.

Not only one of her sport’s most successful athletes, Dujardin is Britain’s joint most decorated female Olympian of all time who has been described as the sport’s most dominant dressage rider of her generation.

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