Great Britain made history on Day 11 when they claimed the nation's first Olympic Games Dressage medal and rode away with gold.
|Judges watch Carl Hester of Great Britain riding Uthopia as he competes in the Team Dressage Grand Prix Special on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park.|
Cheers reverberated around Greenwich Park for the second time in as many days as Carl Hester, Laura Bechtolsheimer and Charlotte Dujardin secured a long-awaited victory.
The trio's unprecedented achievement came just 24 hours after their Jumping counterparts emerged triumphant following a nail-biting contest.
The British team finished top of the standings after the Grand Prix Special round, with Germany taking silver and the Netherlands finishing with the bronze.
The gold is a career-crowning moment for veteran rider Hester, 45, who has now contested four Olympic Games.
He set a new Olympic record with today's test on his horse, Uthopia, only to have it beaten by Dujardin, his protege.
He said: 'We've done what we've wanted to do, it's been a very stressful time for me through this whole thing.
'Obviously Charlotte relishes this whole thing, it's an absolute joy to her to be here and she sleeps like a baby at night, whereas I get up at 1.30am like I did this morning thinking about how the day's going to go.'
Dujardin, 26, who has made her Olympic Games debut at London 2012, was the final British rider to compete on 10-year-old Valegro - bringing the British team their gold.
Speaking of her pride in her mount, she added: 'He is a once in a lifetime horse, he is unbelievable, just very special.'
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