BT Sport’s Action Woman of the Year Charlotte Dujardin is arguably the most successful dressage rider of all time. She is now double Olympic Champion, World Champion, European Champion, won the World Cup this year and has broken every dressage world record. If that isn’t enough, this week her unbelievable year culminated in her breaking two of those world records again at the London International Show, Olympia in front of a massive home crowd.
So popular is Dujardin in her sport that almost everywhere she competes now is in front of a large, enthusiastic audience. One might expect her to feel even more pressure to perform in front of her home crowd - but it’s not competing that makes the 29-year-old nervous.
Dujardin said: “That’s what I do; I ride, I train every day to go in the arena to perform - I’m used to that. Standing in front of an audience collecting an award, I’m not used to that. Getting in a dress is not me.
“I love every minute of riding in the arena. Valegro is the most incredible horse. Coming here is just nothing, it’s like the easiest thing in the world. I mean after standing up in front of 12,000 people at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards or collecting my BT Sport award, coming here, riding here in front of your home crowd is a breeze.”