Charlotte Dujardin wins dressage event just two months after giving birth

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.”

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