British Olympic and European Champion Charlotte Dujardin continued her streak of success at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Caen, France winning in the Grand Prix Special test gold medal after scoring 86.120%. Her test was not entirely fault-free but it was simply beautiful. Helen Langehanenberg finished with silver and Kristina Sprehe became the surprise winner edging out Adelinde Cornelissen for a podium place.
The Grand Prix Special was a very exciting class with a high level of riding and good judging to boot. The ranking of the riders was easy to follow and the scores given were agreeable. The Dutch media, however, is crying insult and injury as their star Cornelissen did not finish on the podium. Maybe this is a result of the new dawn in dressage, started at Olympics in 2012, which now desires a dressage of lightness and harmony. At least that is the standard which prevailed today, even above technical perfection.
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