Charlotte & Uthopia outstanding at Olympia

Charlotte Dujardin won her fourth consecutive FEI World Cup Grand Prix at the London International Horse Show at Olympia today - partnering Uthopia to victory with 77.460%.

The world number one - who is the reigning world, European and Olympic champion - was first into the arena in tonight's competition, which acts as a qualifier for tomorrow's Grand Prix Freestyle. 

But she wasn't on board her record breaking partner Valegro, who is making limited appearances in the run up to Rio 2016. Instead, she rode her trainer Carl Hester's former Olympic ride Uthopia, whom she hasn't competed since Windsor 2014. Despite this, they once again impressed as a partnership to lead the class from start to finish. 

The pair will now start favourite for tomorrow's Reem Acra FEI World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle. 

In second place, close behind Charlotte, was her mentor and trainer Carl Hester on his European silver medal winning ride Nip Tuck.

The pair scored 76.660% to go finish than one percent in arrears. 

The Netherland's Hans Peter Minderhoud was the penultimate rider to go, and posed a real threat to British hopes with his Stockholm winner Glock's Flirt. However, a final score of 76.120% put the pair in third place. 

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