Watch Valegro and Uthopia strutting their stuff – ‘They nonetheless personal the sector’
Valegro and Uthopia are undoubtedly two of the most-loved dressage horses of all time. The Olympic and European gold medallists, now aged 21 and 22 respectively, live the dream retirement with Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin – however infrequently, they prefer to show that they nonetheless have that star high quality.
Charlotte has launched a video from 2022 of her and Carl, driving Valegro and Uthopia at house in Gloucestershire, concurrently performing a line of 18 one-time modifications, and it’s fairly spectacular.
“Simply earlier than I used to be pregnant, Carl and I [had] some enjoyable on these two stars, who even now, know methods to personal the sector,” stated Charlotte.
Certainly, each Valegro (Blueberry) and Uthopia (Uti) look to relish the chance to remind us all simply why they’ve earned their standing as legends of the dressage world.
Blueberry, in fact, took the dressage world by storm, profitable back-t0-back particular person Olympic golds with Charlotte Dujardin in 2012 and 2016, smashing world information left, proper and centre alongside the best way.
Uti and Carl have been additionally on the Olympic gold medal-winning British staff in 2012, in addition to profitable staff gold and double particular person silver the 12 months earlier than, on the 2011 European Championships in Rotterdam.
Tremendous-groom Alan Davies – who will take a step again from his full-time job with Carl and Charlotte this 12 months – has ridden Blueberry and Uti frequently all through their retirement thus far, holding them match and having fun with life with loads of hacking.
“They’re superb to hack, they are surely. Valegro is sort of a police horse. I really like driving him a lot, and he loves it,” Alan informed H&H. “He loves going out around the roads or the fields, chatting to the neighbours, chatting to the cows on the subsequent farm and anybody can trip him.
“Uthopia remains to be fairly bouncy, so that you do must have your wits about you. He can get fairly excited and likes to do some piaffe and passage generally, however he’s not spooky and he’s a pleasure to hack too. They’re each good in site visitors and so they each nonetheless really feel superb. They’re an amazing pleasure to take care of.”
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