Olympic Dressage Gold Medalists Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro to Perform at Rolex Central Park Hors

© Cealy Tetley: Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) and ValegroCharlotte Dujardin (GBR) and Valegro won the individual gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

New York, NY- September 10, 2016 – The Rolex Central Park Horse Show has announced that Olympic gold medalists Charlotte Dujardin and Valero will perform a freestyle demonstration on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 24 in Central Park. The show organizers have released the schedule with the U.S. Open Dressage CDI Grand Prix, presented by The Axel Johnson Group, taking place in the Wollman Rink on Sept. 23, at 1:30pm. On the evening of Sept. 24, the $50,000 U.S. Open Dressage CDI Freestyle will take place with Dujardin’s demonstration.

“We can’t wait to see Charlotte and Valegro perform under the New York City skyline at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show,” said International Equestrian Group CEO Mark Bellissimo. “They have millions of fans around the world, and our spectators will not be disappointed by seeing this stunning pair in action in the world’s greatest city.”

Global superstars Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain and Valegro will perform a freestyle test for spectators and fans of horse sport on Saturday evening. This may be the last chance to see this dynamic duo perform live together in the United States.

At the Olympic Games in London, Dujardin and Valegro captured the team and individual gold medals. This past month, they repeated their individual gold medal performance at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and helped Great Britain to a team silver medal.

© Mary Adelaide Brakenridge: Charlotte Dujardin and Renaissance Tyme Charlotte Dujardin and Renaissance Tyme at the 2015 Rolex Central Park Horse Show 

The pair has won a silver, a bronze, and five gold medals at the European Championships, won two individual gold and team silver medals at the FEI World Equestrian Games, won the FEI World Cup Finals twice, and landed the FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking number one spot.

On Friday evening during the Rolex $216,000 CSI3*, the U.S. Dressage Team will be honored in a ceremony to celebrate their bronze medal achievement at the 2016 Olympic Games.

“We want to honor the U.S. Dressage Team and help promote the sport of Dressage in the United States,” said Bellissimo. “Antonia Johnson and Fritz and Claudine Kundrun have been huge supporters of Dressage in this country, and this event, and we are hopeful that we can showcase these great horses and riders in this world-renowned destination. We appreciate and value their support.”

Riders expected to compete at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show include:
Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén (SWE)
Judy Reynolds (IRL)
Evi Strasser (CAN)
Inna Logutenkova (UKR)
Mikala Gundersen (DEN)
Karen Pavicic (CAN)
Brittany Fraser (CAN)
Charlotte Jorst (USA)

The schedule of the 2016 Rolex Central Park Horse Show is as follows:

Wednesday, September 21st:
U.S. Open Arabian Horse Show
Gate opens at 6:00pm. Show begins at 6:30pm. $50 per ticket

Thursday, September 22nd: Canadian Pacific Day
U.S. Open $25,000 Under 25 FEI Grand Prix 6:30pm, followed by the exciting
U.S. Open $40,000 FEI Speed Class at 8:00pm, concluding with
Puissance at 9:00pm.
Ticket includes all 3 events
Gate opens at 6:00pm. Show begins at 6:30pm. $125 per ticket

Friday, September 23rd:
U.S. Open CDI Dressage Grand Prix, presented by The Axel Johnson Group
Gate opens at 1:00pm. Show begins at 1:30pm. $50 per ticket

Friday, September 23rd:
Special Performance by Frederik the Great: The World’s Most Handsome Horse
Junior/Amateur 1.20m Class at 6:30pm, followed by the thrilling
U.S. Open $216,000 FEI Grand Prix CSI 3*, presented by Rolex
Ticket includes both events
Gate opens at 6:00pm. Show begins at 6:30pm. $125 per ticket

Saturday, September 24th:
U.S. Open $50,000 Hunters Duchossois Cup
$1,000 Small/Medium Pony Hunter Class and the
$2,500 Junior/Amateur and Professional Classes
Gate opens at 1:00pm. Show begins at 1:30pm. $50 per ticket

Saturday, September 24th:
Special Performance by Frederik the Great: The World’s Most Handsome Horse
Ceremony for the U.S. Dressage Team, Olympic Bronze Medalists
Special Freestyle Demonstration by Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro
U.S. Open $50,000 CDI Dressage Freestyle, presented by The Axel Johnson Group
Gate opens at 6:00pm. Show begins at 6:30pm. $125 per ticket

Sunday, September 25th:
Family Day. Free General Admission.
Pony rides, face painting, Arabian Horse presentation, equestrian
demonstrations, and More!
Gate opens 12:00pm-3:00pm.

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