Double Olympic dressage champion Charlotte Dujardin wasted little time in making her mark as she took the honours at the 2017 Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show.

The Enfield-born star landed the Invitational Inter I Freestyle by a comfortable margin on nine-year-old Hawtins Delicato.

Their score of 74.75 per cent proved too much for a field which also included Great Britain’s Paralympic medallist Sophie Wells.

Sadie Smith, on Keystone Dynamite, finished second while Vicy Thompson and Artist rounded off the top three.

This is not the first time Dujardin has won with her new horse.

At Birmingham eight months ago, they produced another dominant display to demonstrate the excitement of the young horse coming into the sport.

And teammate, mentor and co-owner of Dujardin’s previous horse Valegro Carl Hester is delighted with his progress.

He said: “He is the most exciting young gorse in the country at the moment.

“He just needs the confidence with shows and gaining experience.

“He is a big hope, and he is also British-bred.”

Hester also won in the opening Berkeley Group CDI three-star grand prix.

Founder and president of the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show Nina Barbour told the Chester Chronicle: “We have witnessed a series of amazing firsts this year, including the record-breaking auction and the support of sensational riders such as Dujardin and Hester.”

A record-breaking attendance was recorded.