Double Olympic dressage champion Charlotte Dujardin proved the headline act on the opening day of the TheraPlateUK Liverpool International Horse Show.

 

Charlotte, who earlier in the evening paraded her multiple major championship medal-winning horse Valegro to gasps of delight at the Echo

Arena, returned with Florentina VI to win the Intermediate 1 Freestyle Invitational, sponsored by Equitop Myoplast.

 

It was another fine display by Charlotte and the eight-year-old mare, with the horse among a string of outstanding young equine talent being developed at her Gloucestershire base.

 

Their score of 81.938% put them a distance clear of the field, although there were also some fine performances that completed the podium places.

 

Britain's Katie Bailey took second place aboard Boccelli 6 on a score of 77.188%, with this year's World Equestrian Games para-dressage gold medallist Sophie Wells finishing third.

 

Sophie, riding C Fatal Attraction, scored 76.813%, while fourth spot was filled by Amy Woodhead, riding Branduardi.

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