Multiple Olympic medalist Charlotte Dujardin marked her return to international dressage with an elegant victory at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
The 37-year-old gave birth to daughter Isabella two months ago, and Windsor’s opening day saw Dujardin return to the big stage.
He dominated the four-star grand prix class aboard Imhotep, with a score of 77.261 percent.
That turned out to be almost two per cent better than runner-up Gareth Hughes, riding Classic Briolinca, with Emile Faurie and Bellevue in third.
Dujardin shares the record with cyclist Dame Laura Kenny for the most Olympic medals won by a British woman.
Dujardin took two golds in London 2012 and another gold in Rio four years later. She also has a silver and two bronze medals in her collection.
He will return to action in Windsor in the freestyle class with music on Thursday.
Dujardin said: “I haven’t done anything competition-wise for eight months, and I’ve only been back for three weeks. He was thinking ‘do I still have it? Can I still do it?
“And I got on it and it felt amazing. I tried to stay as fit as possible, and then we decided to give Windsor a try.
“I want to try to aim for the European Championship this year. Imhotep did very well at the world championships last year and he is a horse with a lot of positive energy.”