Charlotte Dujardin riding Valegro celebrates her gold after winning the dressage individual title Photograph: David Rogers/ Getty Images
The 14 -year-old Dutch gelding that piaffed his route to victory in the Deodoro Stadium has earned his retirement, having done rider Charlotte Dujardin proud in both individual and team dressage events. So close is their bond that Dujardin ascribed her ability to keep her nerve to Valegros calming presence. As I went into the arena and trotted around the outside, she told afterwards, “its like” he held my hand. At the same period, her partner, Dean Golding, was wearing a sign on his chest that read, Can we get married now? Presumably, Valegro has approved the match.