Painting of Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro

Dressage horse painting of charlotte dujardin and valegro by equine artist vanessa whittell (equestrian homedecor)

A thank you gift for International dressage rider and coach Charlotte Dujardin

Scott Hayes of SH Productions commissioned a portrait of International dressage duo Charlotte and Valegro aka Blueberry.

This piece was based on a friends photo taken right after they won in Amsterdam. Way to go Charlotte and Blueberry!!!  As far as I know this piece is on her mantel at home in the UK. Charlotte told us a lot of entertaining stories about Valegro. One of which is that he is often many different colours. Dark, light and blueish grey when hes clipped. I found this “blueberry” color a pretty difficult color to paint… On another note; apparently the year that Valegro came to the barn to start work all the horses got named after fruits. I am lucky I could have been asked to paint apple – would that be red or green?

Thank you Scott Hays for this commission work. My first time getting a commission to paint an international dressage star!

I loved doing it and actually got my photo taken with Charlotte too. I’ll post that when I get it.

A bit about the amazing Charlotte and Valegro

Charlotte Dujardin OBE is an elite British dressage rider. Double Gold Medalist at the London 2012 Olympics Games, European Champion, World Champion and holds all three World Records in Dressage.

FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking One
2015 World Cup Champion
2014 The Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Year
2014 BT Action Woman of the Year
2014 Individual World Champion – Grand Prix Special – Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
2014 Individual World Champion – Grand Prix Freestyle – Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
2014 Team Silver – Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
2012 Winner of Britain’s first Olympic medal in dressage: Individual Gold medal and Team Gold medal

World Records
Grand Prix (87.46%, Olympia 2014)
Grand Prix Special (88.022%, Hagen CDI4* 2012)
Grand Prix Freestyle (94.3%, Olympia CDI-W 2014).
Holds the British record score for Grand Prix Freestyle with 90.650% riding Valegro (Hartpury, UK 2012)

Charlotte and Valegro were part of the Gold medal winning team at the 2011 European Championships in Rotterdam on their Championship debut. Rode her first Grand Prix test in January 2011 with Valegro, with a debut score of 74%

Born in Enfield, Charlotte was brought up in Hertfordshire and started riding as a two-year old.  By sixteen years old, Charlotte, with the devoted backing and support of her family, had won the Horse of the Year Show competition four times and was a winner at Hickstead on three occasions. After further encouragement from her trainer, Debbie Thomas, Charlotte took up dressage with a horse bought from her grandmother’s inheritance.

In February 2007, she had some lessons with Carl Hester, and after ten days at his yard and spotting her talent, he offered her a job as a groom at his yard in Newent, Gloucestershire, where she has since remained. Charlotte’s horse at the time was Fernandez whom she trained and brought through the levels.  From the start, Charlotte was asked to bring on the novice Dutch Warmblood gelding Valegro, owned by Hester and Roly Luard, with the intention of that horse being ridden by Hester. However, after competing in their first dressage Grand Prix event in 2011, the combination became part of the successful team, who won gold in a European Dressage Championships competition at Rotterdam and thus began their meteoric rise.

Dujardin and Valegro were selected to represent Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympic Games and in the first round, the team set a new Olympic Record of 83.784%. On 7 August 2012 the pair were members of the team, which won the gold medal in the team dressage event. Two days later, in a routine which included Land of Hope and Glory, The Great Escape and the chimes of Big Ben; the pair won the gold medal in the individual dressage event with a score of 90.089%.

More about Charlotte at her website: