I had been very much looking forward to the publication of Charlotte Dujardin’s autobiography The Girl on the Dancing Horse so I was thrilled to receive a copy from the publishers.
Most people with an interest in horses will think they know Dujardin’s story but this book shares many moments I had not read before and every time I had to put it down I was kept wanting to read more. It is very well written with lots of anecdotes and plenty of humour – things that I need from a biography.
Dujardin gets her emotions across well too. I was lucky enough to get tickets to the second day of grand prix at London 2012 so I saw her ride there. The atmosphere was incredible and I have never been anywhere that felt remotely like it. Reading about it again genuinely brought a tear to my eye and when I got to the chapter about Valegro’s retirement I was properly crying.
The book also looks forward though. I loved reading about Dujardin’s younger horses and her plans for the future and I can’t wait to see what she does next.
This is a book which should be on any equestrian’s bookshelf. If nothing else, you come away with a very positive message – anything is possible if you want it enough and work hard enough. That is something we all need to know.