An auction of equestrian items owned by leading dressage rider Charlottte Dujardin has fetched more than £7000 for an equine charity.
The World No.1 ranked rider and double Olympic gold medallist gave The Brooke charity some of her most cherished possessions from her competition career, including items worn at the London 2012 Olympics.
Dujardin is a global ambassador for the Brooke.
The auction took place over Christmas and the New Year, and the 13 lots featured items she has used with Valegro in competitions throughout their outstanding dressage career. The items included a riding hat and boots used in the London 2012 Olympics, signed numnahs as worn by Valegro, and well as a pair of his shoes.
Topping the auction at £1010 were the size 6 pair of 2012 Konig boots worn by Dujardin at the 2012 Olympics and for most of her international competitions for the past three years. They were secured by Henrik Brinkmann.
An anonymous bidder bought the 2012 Charles Owen helmet Dujardin wore during the Olympic Games, for £510.
Valegro’s prize rugs were also sellers, with Sharon Palmer going to £970 to secure his winner’s rug, sash and rosette from the 2015 European Championships. The star horse’s Thermatex rug sold for £790 to Hannah Davenport, who also bought Valegro’s winning rug and rosette from Lyon in 2014 for £720. Amy Johnson bought Valegro’s winner’s rug from the 2015 World Cup Final for £770.
Valegro’s numnahs also fetched excellent prices, with his Blue LeMieux training numnah, signed by both Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester, selling to Shirley King for £620. His white LeMieux competition numnah was bought by Sharon Cuadra for £500.
A pair of Valegro’s shoes, cleaned and polished for auction, were bought by Emily Jenkins for £330.
“It really doesn’t take huge amounts to make big differences and I’m so grateful to you all who bid on my items,” Dujardin said.
The money raised from the auction will go towards helping almost two million hard working horses, donkeys and mules living in some of the world’s poorest communities, who help their owners earn a living and support their families.
Dujardin spent six days in late October visiting the Brooke’s equine welfare programmes in India, along with fellow dressage rider Alice Oppenheimer.