Whether he wins or not at this weekend’s Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final in Las Vegas, super horse Valegro is being immortalised as a Breyer model.
A special launch in Britain in December will mark the creation of Breyer’s Valegro model, and it will be available worldwide early next year.
His extraordinary achievements with rider Charlotte Dujardin, have made Valegro a household name, sold out countless arenas and catapulted the sport of dressage to one of the most popular Olympic summer sports.
Owned by Carl Hester and Rowena Luard, the dark bay 2002 KWPN gelding earned two gold Olympic Medals for Great Britain in dressage at the 2012 Olympic Games in London (team gold and individual gold), followed by winning both the Grand Prix Special and the Grand Prix Freestyle at the 2013 European Championships, followed by winning the dual World Championship medal for the Grand Prix Special and the Grand Prix Freestyle at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France in 2014. He was also the 2014 World Cup Dressage Champion and is currently ranked World No 1.
In addition to all his extraordinary victories, Valegro has shattered world records time and again. He is the only horse to concurrently hold World, Olympic and European Gold medals; all three World Records (Grand Prix 87.46% – at the famed Olympia horse show 2014, Grand Prix Special 88.022% – Hagen Germany 2012, and Grand Prix Freestyle 94.3% – Olympia 2014); two Olympic records (Grand Prix 83.784% and Grand Prix Freestyle 90.089% in 2012); the Fédération Equestre International (FEI) World Number 1 ranking; plus FEI World Cup Number 1 placing.