"I felt he (VALEGRO) knew what I was thinking in there and he looked after me, he did his very best. I have a partnership, a connection with this horse that nothing is going to break, he has a heart of gold"
Charlotte Dujardin (GBR), Olympic champion

Dressage @Rio2016 was full of suspense, anticipation, athleticism and ultimately harmony (#TwoHearts...).

Could the sport's most talked of Dressage partnership – Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro - defend their title, having also picked up World and European gold along the way and in view of an imminent retirement for Valegro?

Just as every fairytale has a happy ending – so did this one. They won - it was tight at the top – but they did it nonetheless. Rio2016 also marked a big return for Isabel Werth, the world’s most decorated Olympic athlete with 10 medals – including team gold and individual silver @Rio2016 - while the next generation of Dressage hopefuls from Dressage powerhouse nations to the more up and coming also made their mark!

Key stats @Rio2016 Dressage

60 horses and riders





25 nations // Olympic Dressage début
for Dominican Republic & Palestine

11 nations in the team competition

3 separate competitions: Grand Prix,
Grand Prix Special and Freestyle to Music

2x in a row: defending champions
Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro retain the individual title

13th team gold for Germany

1912-2016: MEDAL TALLY

Most Olympic gold medals per nation in Dressage: Germany


(7 individual + 13 team)
Most individual Olympic gold medals in Dressage: Anky Van Grunsven (NED)


in a row (2000, 2004, 2008)

Individual medal podium

Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) & Valegro
Isabell Werth (GER) & Weihegold
Kristina Broring-Sprehe (GER) & Desperados

Team medal podium

Great Britain