Double Olympic Gold Medalist and newly crowned European Champion Charlotte Dujardin and her world-famous mount Valegro will make a rare US appearance next month at the 2015 Rolex Central Park Horse Show.The world’s number-one ranked dressage rider over the last 24 months, reigning World Champion, and 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Final Winner, Dujardin and Valegro will compete in the US Open Dressage Grand Prix and the US Open $75,000 Dressage Freestyle on September 25 and 26.
Nine other British riders including Carl Hester are making the trip to New York, as is German rider Isabell Werth, one of the most celebrated equestrian Olympians of all time with five gold medals, along with Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén and Patrik Kittel, ranked 6th and 11th respectively. Spain’s Juan Matute Jr, recent European Junior Champion and one of the world’s most promising young riders, will also compete.
North America will be well represented with rising star and World No.9 ranked rider Laura Graves and her mount Verdades making a trip to the big city, along with Catherine Haddad Staller and Charlotte Jorst, all riding for the USA. They will be joined by Canada’s Ashley Holzer and Karen Pavicic to round out the competition.
Mark Bellissimo, CEO of International Equestrian Group, LLC said the IEG was “excited and fortunate” to be working with Dujardin and Valegro at the inaugural US Open. “They are truly one of the great combinations in dressage history,” he said.“We work hard to make sure the show itself is as special as it can be, but it is the riders who truly make it unforgettable. We are very proud to present the best in sport across so many disciplines in the heart of New York City.”
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