The British Horse Society is congratulating all members of Team GBR’s dressage squad after they achieved the country’s first ever Olympic dressage medal.
But Olympic newcomer Charlotte Dujardin has become a particular inspiration after turning down the traditional top hat in favour of a helmet.
Twenty-six year old Charlotte is the first British international dressage rider to routinely wear a helmet at all times while mounted, showing herself to be not just another shining light in the sport but a role model for all riders from grassroots upwards.
Carl Hester’s student, who topped the leader board after the third day of competition riding Valegro, took up dressage only five years ago but smashed the Olympic record last week while wearing a smart safety helmet.
Sheila Hardy, Senior Executive for Safety at the BHS, said: ‘We are delighted to see that Charlotte has chosen to wear a safety helmet and set a great example to other riders that they can look really smart and still protect their head. Congratulations to her for taking this responsible step in setting a new standard and acting as a role model for all aspiring riders.’
As more top-level riders choose safety over tradition, the BHS hopes to see more follow in the hoof prints of Charlotte and Valegro – both in the saddle and on the podium.