Charlotte Dujardin holds the new Reem Acra trophy aloft after making it a back-to-back double of victories with the amazing Valegro at the FEI World Cup Dressage 2015 Final ©FEI/Dirk Caremans

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro have successfully defended their International Equestrian Federation World Cup Dressage Final freestyle title with an exceptional performance in Las Vegas.

The British Olympic champion scored 94.196 with outstanding passage and piaffe, pirouettes and a final march down the centreline that sent the crowd wild at the Thomas & Mack arena in the United States city to claim the new Reem Acra trophy.

“I’m just living the dream,” Dujardin said.

“I don’t go into the ring to do less than a 10, and Valegro lets me do that.

“If he gets worried I know I can reassure him, he trusts me, but he’s always been a brave horse.”

Dujardin’s score was almost 10 percentage points ahead of second placed former world champion Edward Gal and Glock’s Undercover of The Netherlands who scored 84.696.

Charlotte Dujardin came close to her world record freestyle score when posting 94.196 in Las Vegas
Charlotte Dujardin came close to her world record freestyle score when posting 94.196 in Las Vegas ©FEI/Arnd Bronkhorst Photography/Kenny Hurtado

“When I started out, scoring over 60 per cent was something, then it was 70 per cent and then 80 per cent - but now it seems 90 is the new 80,” Gal said.

“To come out on the top now you need near-perfection, and with the horses we have we can compete very close to perfection.”

He added: “The very best should win and Charlotte does such an amazing job and we need horses and riders like them in our sport.”

Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Unee BB placed third with 80.464, while home athlete Laura Graves finished in fourth with Verdades on a mark of 79.125.

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