fair-winds-and-all-i-see: Happy horse, happy rider. Our London 2012 gold medalist and her amazing horse. I love the story of Charlotte and Valegro. Carl Hester is a champion, too. He took Charlotte under his wing and let her ride his horse to victory. He said he knew Valegro could win a gold medal. He knew Charlotte would be the rider to get it. She has said she owes everything to him. What a great team.
An accomplished equestrian, Princess Anne, the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, won the individual gold at the 1971 European Eventing Championships and took a silver in 1975. The following year, she represented Great Britain in eventing at the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal, where she rode the Queen’s horse Goodwill. This summer, her daughter, Zara Phillips, will be a member of Great Britain’s equestrian team at the London Games.
Equestrian team riders Carl Hester, Laura Bechtolsheimer and Charlotte Dujardin won Britain's first ever gold medal in a dressage team event. It was Team GB's 20th gold of London 2012 and the point where we overtook the 19 Golds that we got at the last Olympics in Beijing in 2008.
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