Charlotte Dujardin hoping for world record at Olympia horse show

By Nick HopeBBC Olympic sports reporter
Dujardin and Valegro win dressage world title
The London International Horse Show
Venue: Olympia, London Dates: 16-22 December Live coverage: BBC Two, Red Button, selected Connected TVs, online, tablets, mobiles & app.

World and Olympic dressage champion Charlotte Dujardin hopes a new routine will help her and horse Valegro break the world record at Olympia this week.

The 29-year-old will be aiming to repeat her 2013 win in this year's London event, which will be hers and Valegro's first on home soil in 2014.

Dujardin said of her routine: "It suits Valegro and I love riding to it.

"I think it's better music, a better floor plan and I hope I can get a world record with this one."

Dujardin, who finished fourth at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards on Sunday and was named Sunday Times & Sky Sports 2014 Sportswoman of the Year last month, added: "That is what our sport is all about: it's pushing the boundaries, seeing how far you can go and taking the risk.

"It's always nice for the judges and the audiences to have something a bit different, so they don't always see and hear the same thing.

"I've only ridden it three times, so it's still very new to us both, but riding at the World Equestrian Games was fantastic as it just seemed to flow."

Factfile: Charlotte Dujardin
Born in Enfield, she was brought up in Hertfordshire and started riding as a two-year-oldDujardin is the current Olympic, European and world champion in dressage
By the age of 16, she had won the Horse of the Year Show four times and was a winner at Hickstead on three occasionsShe won individual Olympic gold with a routine which included Land of Hope and Glory, The Great Escape and the chimes of Big Ben

Dujardin has also expressed her relief that 12-year-old gelding Valegro will not be sold, after enduring over a year of uncertainty over the horse's future.

The horse was up for sale when the pair won gold at London 2012, but has since been taken off the market by owners Carl Hester and Roly Luard.

"I've been riding Valegro since he was four or five years old," said Dujardin. "He is now 12, so we have a great partnership.

"He is like my best friend, he's not just my horse. He trusts me and I trust him and it's great to have that bond with your horse. To do what we have done together is just fantastic."

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Joining Dujardin at the London International Horse Show will be her mentor and GB team-mate Hester, with Nip Tuck, on whom he won team silver at the World Equestrian Games.

Completing the British line-up are Spencer Wilton, making his Olympia debut with Numberto, Nikki Crisp and her own mare Pasoa and Hannah Biggs with stallion Weltzin.

The Olympia show runs from Tuesday, 16 December to Monday, 22 December, with the World Cup Dressage Grand Prix held on the Tuesday and concluding with the freestyle on Wednesday, which will be shown live on the BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website & connected TV from 20:00 GMT.

Eleven of the top 20-ranked show jumpers, led by Britain's world number one Scott Brash, are also set to compete in London.

Brash, from Peebles, Scotland, is on a blistering run of form: last month he was crowned overall Global Champions Tour winner for a second successive year; most recently, he won the Rolex Grand Prix, with Hello, at the Geneva Show in Switzerland.

The show jumping action will be shown live on BBC Two on Sunday, 21 December, with additional coverage on the Wednesday, Thursday and Monday on the Red Button, online and connected TV. A special highlights programme will be aired on BBC Two on Tuesday, 23 December.

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