London modelling agency signs Olympic dressage star

© Charlotte DuJardin / Nordlicht8 / Wikimedia

Riding Valegro to victory.

AN Olympic gold medallist and star of the dressage arena has signed a lucrative contract with a London-based modelling agency, reports from February 4 confirm. 

The director of MOT Models, Alison Griffin expressed her delight at the signing of the talented horsewoman, who she described as one of the “Olympic icons and heroes” of the dressage world. 

Charlotte Dujardin and her steed Valegro were awarded two gold medals for individual and team dressage events at London´s 2012 Summer Olympics, extending her winning streak by going on to take gold at three other international dressage events from 2013 – 2015.

The Enfield-native was discovered by her mentor and fellow dressage champion, Carl Hester, while working as a groom in Mr Hester’s Gloucestershire yard. His early discovery of Ms Dujardin’s prodigious talent for horsemanship resulted in him offering to coach the young stable hand.

Her performance at the 2012 games has been described as “nothing short of exceptional” as her routine, which included a patriotic soundtrack with Land of Hope and Glory and the chimes of Big Ben, wowed audiences around the world.      

The next stop for Ms Dujardin will be the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, in advance of which, according to MOT Models, the sporty star is set to appear “in a variety of sporting and commercial campaigns.”  

Speaking about her decision to join the agency, Ms Dujardin said she chose them because of their experience and “the positive atmosphere of the agency.”

She will join the ranks of those sports personalities already on MOT Models’ books, including boxer Luke Campbell, rugby star Mike Phillips, the record-breaking ocean swimmer Adam Walker, and windsurfer Bryony Shaw. 

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