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Charlotte Dujardin sells Olympic mount Gio to British Junior rider

 Charlotte Dujardin and Gio at the FEI Dressage European Championships 2021 in Hagen. © FEI/Liz Gregg

 Charlotte Dujardin and Gio at the 2021 FEI Dressage European Championships 2021 in Hagen. © FEI/Liz Gregg

 

By Equestrian Life

Charlotte Dujardin has sold her Tokyo Olympic mount Gio to 16-year-old British Junior rider Annabella Pidgley.

Charlotte announced the news via social media today stating Gio, who is currently ranked No. 3 in the world, would continue his career under his new young rider.

“It's with bittersweet emotions that I can tell you that the wonderful Pumpkin is now owned by Junior rider, Annabella Pidgley,” wrote Charlotte on Facebook.

“As many of you know who own horses, run yards and compete, this is certainly not a sport for the faint hearted and comes with many highs and many lows; horses being the incredible levellers that they are.

 

 

In order to maintain a position in sport, especially in high level sport, at times, these difficult decisions need to be made. I am so thankful that I do not have to do this regularly, as it is always such a hard thing to let go of animals that we see as our family.

The wonderful thing about this, is Pumpkin will continue his journey under the British flag with a rider and family who I have known for many years.

Annabella is one of the most promising riders in our country and works so hard to develop herself and her horses, whilst giving them nothing but five-star care.

I will train the pairing, so I am delighted that our precious Pumpkin will stay in my life and I will still see him on a regular basis.

Annabella has had an incredible season this year, achieving Britain's first individual medals at the Junior European Championship level and having taken some time to see her ride Pumpkin and fall for him as much as we have, I know a wonderful new chapter awaits him.

I hope you will continue to support this beloved horse and I look forward to all that comes next for him x.”

 

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