first_imgThe dressage champion is understood to have declared that she had ridden Ramazotti III before he was sold and that he had not displayed any problems.But Mrs Briscoe said that Dujardin’s comments were “irrelevant” as she was an Olympic gold medallist and the horse had been purchased for an amateur rider.She told The Sunday Telegraph: “Charlotte Dujardin is the most amazing rider and we’re all in complete awe of the lady, but you can’t compare her to me – you’re talking about a Ferrari and a clapped-out old car.”She can ride anything, she is the best rider in the world.  The fact that he was good for Charlotte is irrelevant.” One of Britain’s greatest equestrians has become embroiled in a bitter two-year legal battle over a horse described as “very naughty” and “tricky” by a rider who bought him for £95,000.Charlotte Dujardin, who won her third Olympic gold at last summer’s Rio Games, was called to give evidence on the character and behaviour of Ramazotti III, as part of the dispute between amateur rider Louise Briscoe and the dressage rider and horse dealer Calum Whitworth, who sold her the horse.Ms Dujardin, who has been described as the most successful British dressage rider in history and has won all the sport’s major titles and world records, gave a witness statement in support of Mr Whitworth when he was sued by Mrs Briscoe. Charlotte Dujardin, riding Valegro, reacts after winning Gold in the individual dressage at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro Calum Whitworth riding Ramazotti IIICredit:Kevin Sparrow Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Charlotte Dujardin, riding Valegro, reacts after winning Gold in the individual dressage at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de JaneiroCredit:John Locher/AP Mrs Briscoe, who describes herself as a novice but keen rider, bought Ramazotti III, known as Rambo, from Mr Whitworth in June 2014. He travelled to her home in Kenilworth twice a week during the following three months to give her lessons.Before completing the purchase Mrs Briscoe paid £5,000 to Stef Eardley, a dressage rider and judge, to test-ride the horse and assess its suitability.But in January last year Mrs Briscoe claimed Rambo’s behaviour had deteriorated due to underlying problems she claimed had been concealed by Mr Whitworth.Mrs Briscoe, 52, said:”I wanted to buy a horse that was a well behaved, well mannered, not sharp horse. I explained to the vendor that I had actually not ridden or competed for five years and that I was not a brave rider.“That doesn’t mean that I cannot ride. I’m just not a brave rider and the horse was a very sharp horse. I never got hurt but that was mainly because I got off when he became tricky.”Mrs Briscoe added: “During the process of acquiring information for court proceedings, sadly we found out that the horse had quite major issues that were not disclosed to us.”We found out that this horse has a history of being a very naughty horse which was not disclosed. I believe I was taken for a ride.”In her witness statement she said: “At every stage he reassured me the horse was what I bargained for, and any adverse comments [about Ramazotti III] were the product of bitchiness and were rubbish.”But Mr Whitworth, 29, strongly denied either that Ramazotti III – who had twice been British national dressage champion under him – had any problems or that he had deliberately concealed them.He said in his witness statement: “Rambo had no tendency to rear, buck or bolt at the time of purchase or prior to purchase.“Horses that have notable tendencies are not consistently successful the way Rambo was.”The pair reached a settlement shortly before the case went to trial at Birmingham County Court.The terms of the deal are confidential but it is understood they involve Ramazotti III being returned to Mr Whitworth, who will pay also Mrs Briscoe a small sum in compensation.Mrs Briscoe, who has donated £50,000 to the Margaret Giffen Centre, an organisation that aims to stop riding being seen as the pursuit of the elite, said: “I still love riding but it has made me extremely anxious to buy another horse. I hope to get involved with some vets and lawyers in the industry to see if we can produce a pamphlet so buyers can ask all the questions and the vendor has to sign it off.”Mr Whitworth, who runs a horse breeding and sales business in Herefordshire, has now apologised to Mrs Briscoe, telling the Eurodressage news website: “I was enthusiastic and hopeful that the partnership would work. I did not anticipate that Rambo may be unsuitable for Louise and I am sorry about this.” Calum Whitworth riding Ramazotti IIIlast_img

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