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Charlotte Dujardin breaks world record

Charlotte Dujardin riding Valegro competes in the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage grand prix Credit: Steve Parsons/PA

Gloucestershire dressage star Charlotte Dujardin broke her own grand prix world record on the London International Horse Show's opening night at Olympia.

The reigning Olympic, World and European champion rode her horse Valegro to take the Reem Acra FEI World Cup grand prix class with a score of 87.460 per cent - beating her previous best of 87.129 per cent, set at the World Cup final in France earlier this year.

West women recognised at sports awards

Charlotte Dujardin with the gold medal she won for individual dressage at London 2012 Credit: PA

Gloucestershire dressage champion Charlotte DuJardin has been crowned Sportswoman of the Year at a ceremony in London. The double Olympic gold medallist was honoured at the Sunday Times and Sky awards this evening.

Lizzy Yarnold with the gold medal she won in the women's skeleton at the Winter Olympics in Sochi Credit: PA

Team Bath skeleton racer Lizzie Yarnold, who won Great Britain's first gold medal of the 2014 Winter Olympics, came second.

Jo Pavey celebrates winning the Women's 10000m Final at the 2014 European Athletics Championships Credit: PA

And Devon's Jo Pavey - a Bristol University graduate - came third. She became the oldest female European champion in history when she won 10,000m gold in Zurich earlier this year when she was almost 41.

Claudia Fragapane with one of the four gold medals she won at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Credit: PA

Bristol gymnast Claudia Fragapane, who made history by winning four gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow at the age of 16, was made Young Sportswoman of the Year.


Woman admits neglecting foal rescued by Dujardin

A woman from Gloucestershire has admitted neglecting a foal that has since been re-homed by Olympic dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin.

Lisa Fletcher was banned from keeping horses last year after pleading guilty to three counts of neglect.

But despite that ban Ms Fletcher continued to keep two animals, a horse and a foal, in squalid conditions in another yard nearby.

Both animals were severely emaciated. The foal has now been adopted by Charlotte Dujardin, who has named him Santa. The horse, Frank, has recovered and is looking for a new home.

Fletcher will be sentenced next month.


Stamp of approval for Charlotte Dujardin

Charlotte's Gold Medal stamp is the 23rd to be issued in the games so far - and Charlotte's second Credit: Royal Mail

The Royal Mail has issued a stamp to mark Charlotte Dujardin's victory in the Equestrian Individual Dressage on her horse Valegro today. It will be on sale in post offices at lunchtime tomorrow (Friday).

It is the 23rd Gold Medal stamp to be released - Charlotte of course already features on one thanks to her winning gold in the team event with her Gloucestershire team-mates Carl Hester and Laura Bechtolsheimer, who gained bronze today.

Tomorrow a second post box in Newent, where Charlotte lives and trains, will be painted gold to mark her achievements.

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