Dressage superstar Charlotte Dujardin has been voted BT Sport’s Action Woman of the Year after a sensational 2014 which saw her become a double World Champion.

Dujardin, aboard wonder-horse Valegro, won gold in the freestyle and special events at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, making her the first British equestrian rider to simultaneously hold Olympic, world, European and World Cup titles.

She was named the winner of the Action Woman Award following a public vote on the BT Sport website, which saw double World Cup winning climber Shauna Coxsey and European 10,000m champion Jo Pavey placed second and third respectively.

"I would absolutely love to thank my whole team behind me and without them this really wouldn't have happened and I'd love to thank my dance partner Valegro," said Dujardin in her acceptance speech.

 

Watch Charlotte Dujardin's acceptance speech

 

The award, which is in its second year, celebrates the 10 most spectacular sporting performances by British female athletes in the past year.

Last year’s winner, downhill mountain biking champion Rachel Atherton, presented the trophy to 29-year-old Dujardin during a star-studded ceremony hosted by Clare Balding at BT Sport’s Olympic Park studios on Tuesday night.

 

Behind the scenes at the Action Woman of the Year Awards

 

On top of her individual World Equestrian Games success, Dujardin also helped Great Britain to silver in the team event, as well as claiming victory at the dressage World Cup finals in Lyon in April.

Dujardin, who became known as ‘the girl on the dancing horse’ at the 2012 Olympics, also holds dressage world records in all three elements of her sport.

 

'Watching Charlotte is like watching perfection'

 

Second-placed Coxsey, from Runcorn, won two bouldering World Cup series gold medals to become the first British woman ever on the podium in the sport.

Pavey, who came third, was at the centre of one of the year’s biggest sporting stories as the mum-of-two became the oldest ever female European champion, winning 10,000m gold just weeks before her 41st birthday.

 

Jo Pavey and Shauna Coxsey gracious in defeat to Charlotte Dujardin