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Kim Roe

The Girl on the Dancing Horse  By Charlotte Dujardin

 

Girl on Dancing Horse Book – Photo credit Horse and Rider Books

Charlotte Dujardin and her charismatic horse Valegro burst onto the international sports scene with their record–breaking performance at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The world was captivated by the young woman with the dazzling smile and her dancing horse.

Dujardin is considered the dominant dressage rider of her era. When Valegro (affectionately called Blueberry) retired from competition at the end of 2016, his farewell performance at the Olympia Grand Hall sold out and the dark bay gelding received a standing ovation.

Dujardin began riding horses at the age of two, but dressage was the domain of the rich—not the life a girl from a middle-class family was born into. Her parents sacrificed to give her as many opportunities as they could, and she left school at 16 to focus on equestrian competition.

It was at 22, when she was invited to be a groom for British Olympian Carl Hester, that she met the equine partner that would change her fortune. This is the story of an outsider, an unconventional horse, and the incredible bond that took them to the top.

Published by Trafalgar Square Books and available at www.horseandriderbooks.com, Amazon, and other booksellers.

NWHS Editor’s Review: This delightful book has a conversational, never-take-a-breath flow that made it hard for me to put down. Dujardin’s voice and personality ring through loud and clear. Highly recommended for dressage enthusiasts. Kim Roe

 

Published May 2018 Issue

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Kim Roe

Kim Roe was raised on a horse ranch in California. Before deciding to pursue dressage seriously, she trained and competed working cow horses, hunters/jumpers, trail and event horses. Kim trains both horses and riders for USDF dressage shows at her Blue Gate Farm in Acme, Washington and serves as the coach for the Skagit Valley Pony Club. Contact her at bluegatefarm@yahoo.com or through Facebook.

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