Best Quotes from Charlotte Dujardin

I’m quite happy with the way my life is.

Charlotte Dujardin

All you can do is to do your best.

Charlotte Dujardin

I’ve had so many letters from people saying I’ve inspired them to take up riding, and that’s an amazing feeling.

Charlotte Dujardin

You need to believe in yourself.

Charlotte Dujardin

So many horses get stage fright when they enter the arena, and that’s it – the performance is over.

Charlotte Dujardin

I literally worked from the bottom up to where I am now.

Charlotte Dujardin

The sport is about finding the horses. But to find another Valegro is impossible.

Charlotte Dujardin

I’ve done more than I ever dreamed of.

Charlotte Dujardin

My first ambition was to be a show jumper. I did a bit of dressage as part of it, and the dressage trainer saw me and said, ‘Why are you wasting your time with the other stuff? You should be concentrating on this.’

Charlotte Dujardin

For most athletes, there’s a focus on your own fitness, but I have to rely on my horse, too. I’ve been very lucky so far, and it hasn’t presented a problem, but you can never count on a competition going as planned until you’re there and actually doing it.

Charlotte Dujardin

It is probably like an artist. They see in their head what they want to draw, and they draw it. It is like I have a feeling inside me that I want to create on a horse, and that is what I do.

Charlotte Dujardin

You can’t do the same thing every day with the horse. Because they then know the thing inside out, and they’re leading you, not the other way round. You don’t want them to take over. You have to be able to ride the movements and set the movements up; you don’t want them starting before you are ready.

Charlotte Dujardin

People recognise me now. I’ve got so much fan mail.

Charlotte Dujardin

People tell me I’m their idol and a huge inspiration – that’s really surreal.

Charlotte Dujardin

I have come from a background where I haven’t had lots of money to put me on the map. I’ve had to work very hard for what I’ve got.

Charlotte Dujardin

I literally got a private invite for lunch with the Queen. There was just 10 of us. And I was absolutely petrified because you can’t take anyone with you, and no other sportspeople were there. There was the head of the military, and then the Queen sat next to me.

Charlotte Dujardin

My mum used to ride, and when she was mucking out, I always wanted to sit on a horse. And if she took me off, I’d scream my head off.

Charlotte Dujardin

I don’t ever want to be famous. I never want to live that life. I genuinely hate the fact that I would be stopped for a picture or an autograph all the time.

Charlotte Dujardin

I want to get up and ride my horses, do what I love doing. I don’t want to be recognised.

Charlotte Dujardin

I got asked to do loads of TV series, all sorts of things that weren’t me.

Charlotte Dujardin

Every horse I get on I can adapt to. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle.

Charlotte Dujardin

I have walked into several pubs, and guys in there have said to me, ‘My God, you are the girl off the dancing horse.’ They have got no idea about dressage, and they said, ‘I can’t work out whether you make the horse do that or the horse does it itself – we just couldn’t tell – but it brought tears to our eyes.’

Charlotte Dujardin

The fan mail I get every day is incredible. It piles through the door from not just Britain but everywhere. It is so great to have that support behind me – everyone says I am an inspiration. It is great.

Charlotte Dujardin

It isn’t called dressage any more – it is called ‘dancing horses.’

Charlotte Dujardin

I turned the Gloucester Christmas lights on and our local Newent lights on, so everyone recognises me now. It is a completely different life for me.

Charlotte Dujardin

It is very rare that he makes a mistake, and I feel just privileged to have done what I have with him. There will never be another Valegro.

Charlotte Dujardin

I turned the Gloucester Christmas lights on and our local Newent lights on, so everyone recognises me now. It is a completely different life for me.

Charlotte Dujardin

It is very rare that he makes a mistake, and I feel just privileged to have done what I have with him. There will never be another Valegro.

Charlotte Dujardin

I was frightened. I hadn’t really had any experience, and then all of a sudden I was thrown straight into doing interviews. Most people have build-up. I had none.

Charlotte Dujardin

When you’re doing well and you’re successful, part of being successful is that you get interviewed. But it ruins the moment.

Charlotte Dujardin

I get called ‘the girl off the dancing horse.’ I just laugh; I think it’s really funny. It’s true, isn’t it? It’s great we’re getting that recognition.

Charlotte Dujardin

I started as a working pupil in a yard, mucking out and doing all the duties… and I just never gave up on my dream.

Charlotte Dujardin

I think I thrive under pressure.

Charlotte Dujardin

It’s going to be a rule, I think, for wearing a crash hat, and I actually fractured my skull through not wearing a hat. I was so lucky to escape from that, and now, it’s something I always do.

Charlotte Dujardin

London was my first Olympics. It was my dream to get there, and I literally had the time of my life.

Charlotte Dujardin

This will be Valegro’s retirement after Rio, so I want to go out there and want to enjoy every last minute.

Charlotte Dujardin

I’m really, really excited heading towards Rio.

Charlotte Dujardin

Riding Valegro always makes you smile, so I enjoy it.

Charlotte Dujardin

Winning HOYS set me up for the future and prepared me for riding in front of lots of people, but the real highlight was the London 2012 Olympics. Being able to go out in front of thousands of people, on your home ground, representing your country and winning gold medals is something I’ll never be able to beat.

Charlotte Dujardin

We all get so excited about the big events, but when there’s an animal involved, it’s ten times harder.

Charlotte Dujardin

I think we’re actually the only sport that has a mix of men and women competing together. The majority of other sports are separated by gender.

Charlotte Dujardin

Getting to the top is one thing, but staying there is quite another. That’s the difficult bit.

Charlotte Dujardin

If I never competed again, it wouldn’t bother me. I don’t care.

Charlotte Dujardin

It’s insane to have won all those things – not possible. But what I love is learning, which never stops and is nothing to do with the medals you’ve won.

Charlotte Dujardin

I love having horses from a young age and seeing how far they can go.

Charlotte Dujardin

That’s why success hasn’t changed me: because I don’t want to be famous or do TV or be a model or be recognised in a shop. I’m not interested. There’s nothing worse.

Charlotte Dujardin

When I used to say I did dressage, I got blank looks. No one had a clue what I was on about.

Charlotte Dujardin

For me, I wouldn’t mind if I never did another Olympics; nothing can beat London. The setting, the support, the military people. From start to finish, it was such fun. I had the most amazing time.

Charlotte Dujardin

Every competition I do, I never know if it’s the last one.

Charlotte Dujardin

As much as you may be sitting in the top five or the top 10, sometimes you just don’t get that chance to get to the top.

Charlotte Dujardin

I think it’s really strange for somebody that’s probably never been in the public eye. All of a sudden I was ‘big time’ – boom, it all just happened.

Charlotte Dujardin

Valegro just loves his job. I don’t have to force him to do anything, I just sit there and steer, and off I go. There’s no sweating, no pushing, no pulling. He knows his job, and it’s just fantastic.

Charlotte Dujardin