fair-winds-and-all-i-see: Happy horse, happy rider. Our London 2012 gold medalist and her amazing horse. I love the story of Charlotte and Valegro. Carl Hester is a champion, too. He took Charlotte under his wing and let her ride his horse to victory. He said he knew Valegro could win a gold medal. He knew Charlotte would be the rider to get it. She has said she owes everything to him. What a great team.
Nick Skelton of Great Britain rides Big Star during the Individual Jumping 3rd Qualifier during Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Equestrian Centre on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
London Olympics Equestrian July 28Mary King, of Great Britain, reacts after competing with horse Imperial Cavalier in the equestrian eventing dressage competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London
London 2012 Olympics: Queen Elizabeth's eldest granddaughter, Zara Phillips, will be representing Great Britain in the eventing at the London Olympics. Phillips, 31, will ride High Kingdom on her Olympic eventing debut, having missed Athens and Beijing because of injuries to previous horse Toytown.
Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain riding Valegro celebrates with her gold medal during the medal ceremony following the Individual Dressage on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park on August 9, 2012 in London, England.