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Dujardin and Hawtins Delicato shone bright at Hickstead

The crowd was thrilled to see dressage star Charlotte Dujardin in action and, consistent with their good form, she and Hawtins Delicato were the ones to beat in the small tour divisions.

Charlotte with Delicato impressed again in Hickstead (photo courtesy: team Hester).

The nine-year-old son of Diamond Hit, who’s earmarked by owner Carl Hester as his future Grand Prix horse, won by a margin of four percent before going on to victory in Friday’s Inter I. “I’m so so proud of ‘Del’ who continues his super form to win the Inter I today. He’s such an exciting horse,” said Charlotte who celebrated her success with a trip to Brighton Pier!

Heading into Saturday’s Inter I Freestyle full of confidence, the pair rode an expressive test to a Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack. Their performance wasn’t without mistake, as they had some glitches in the changes, but the quality of their work raked in the marks. The pair earned a final of score of 77.85% to take the class ahead of the emerging partnership of Maria Eilberg and Farah Al Khojai’s Sir Donnerhall gelding, Sarotti 57. Maria and Sarotti posted their best score to date of 75.62%.