fair-winds-and-all-i-see:    Happy horse, happy rider. Our London 2012 gold medalist and her amazing horse. I love the story of Charlotte and Valegro. Carl Hester is a champion, too. He took Charlotte under his wing and let her ride his horse to victory. He said he knew Valegro could win a gold medal. He knew Charlotte would be the rider to get it. She has said she owes everything to him. What a great team.

fair-winds-and-all-i-see: Happy horse, happy rider. Our London 2012 gold medalist and her amazing horse, Charlotte and Valegro. Carl Hester, the owner of Valegro, allowed Charlotte to ride his horse to victory.

Great Britain's Laura Bechtolsheimer rides Mistral Hojris in the Dressage Grand Prix

Laura Bechtolsheimer of Great Britain riding Mistral Hojris competes in the Dressage Grand Prix on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park.

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London 2012 Olympics: Great Britain win team showjumping gold

Ben Maher of Great Britain riding Tripple X competes in the Qualifier of Individual Jumping on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Team gold for Britain’s only openly gay Olympian Carl Hester

The only openly gay Olympian in Team GB has helped his equestrian team secure gold at the London Olympics.

Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro

that's a 3 day eventing horse i can see it by looking at the pose of the horse and rider and based on the clothing and tack the saddle is an all purpose saddle and the bridle is an all purpose bridle i love how well i can identify things just by looking

Equestrian Team Jumping finals. Britain takes gold on Day 11.

(L-R) Gold medallists Nick Skelton, Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles of Great Britain celebrate on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Team Jumping on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park

The queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips added to the family silver on Tuesday

Britain's Zara Phillips and her horse High Kingdom compete in the show-jumping phase of the equestrian eventing competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics July

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Great Britain win first ever team dressage gold at London 2012 Olympics as Team GB overtake Beijing haul

Openly gay British dressage rider Carl Hester helped his team win gold at the 2012 Olympics.

Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain rides Valegro in dressage competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics Aug. 3. Dujardin set a record as she took the lead.

Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain rides Valegro in dressage competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics Aug. Dujardin set a record as she took the lead.

Zara Phillips, daughter of the Princess Royal, shows off her Silver Medal at the 2012 Olympics.

The moment Zara's gold dream ended: Royal's horror as her horse clips fence during show-jumping final

Gold: Carl Hester, Laura Bechtolsheimer and Charlotte Dujardin celebrate their triumph

Valegro is the golden star as Charlotte delivers dressage gold on 'Messi of nags'

(L-R) Carl Hester, Laura Bechtolsheimer and Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain celebrate with their gold medals during the medal cerermony for the Team Dressage on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park

An accomplished equestrian, Princess Anne, the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, won the individual gold at the 1971 European Eventing Championships and took a silver in 1975. The following year, she represented Great Britain in eventing at the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal, where she rode the Queen’s horse Goodwill. This summer, her daughter, Zara Phillips, will be a member of Great Britain’s equestrian team at the London Games.

Royal Olympians

Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter Zara Phillips will be competing in the London Games. From Prince Albert of Monaco to King Juan Carlos of Spain, see other regal athletes.

Zara Phillips Eventing Dressage Ride - Equestrian Slideshows | NBC Olympics

Zara Phillips, of Great Britain, competes with her horse High Kingdom, in the equestrian eventing dressage phase at the 2012 Summer Olympics July

Great Britain's Zara Phillips (third from left) on the podium with her fellow riders as her mother Princess Anne walks past after presenting the silver medals to the team July 31.

Great Britain's Zara Phillips (third from left) on the podium with her fellow riders as her mother Princess Anne walks past after presenting the silver medals to the team July

Equestrian team riders Carl Hester, Laura Bechtolsheimer and Charlotte Dujardin won Britain's first ever gold medal in a dressage team event. It was Team GB's 20th gold of London 2012 and the point where we overtook the 19 Golds that we got at the last Olympics in Beijing in 2008.

Riders Carl Hester, Laura Bechtolsheimer and Charlotte Dujardin getting gold medals

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