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Charlotte Dujardin and Steve Guerdat shine in Las Vegas

By Susie East

Published 1351 GMT (2151 HKT) April 20, 2015
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Britain's Olympic, world and European champion Charlotte Dujardin successfully defended her Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage title at the final in Las Vegas on Saturday. FEI/Arnd Bronkhorst/Pool
Over 74,000 spectators attended the finals at the Thomas & Mack arena -- a venue also known for hosting Monster Trucks, Supercross and Professional Bull Riding events. FEI/Arnd Bronkhorst/Pool
Viva Las Vegas! "Elvis" was also in the building to open proceedings before the final. FEI/Arnd Bronkhorst/Pool
Defending champion Valegro -- the horse Dujardin rode to victory -- eyed up the silverware as the final got under way. Arnd Bronkhorst
More than 10,000 fans were on their feet cheering their heroes at the 30th anniversary of the FEI World Cup Dressage Series. FEI/Arnd Bronkhorst/Pool
The 29-year-old Dujardin lifts the winner's trophy alongside second placed Dutch rider Edward Gal (L) and Germany's Jessica von Bredow-Werndl in third (R). Hippo Foto - Dirk Caremans
Designed by New York fashion designer Reem Acra the trophy features a leather belt and silver equestrian buckle. Pic Dirk Caremans
When Dujardin thanked Reem Acra (L) for her sponsorship of the Western European League and the dressage final, Acra replied: "I'm very happy to do it. And you know Charlotte that your wedding dress is coming from me!" FEI/Arnd Bronkhorst/Pool
Britain's Olympic, world and European champion celebrated in style in the city that never sleeps. FEI/Arnd Bronkhorst/Pool
It was also Switzerland's Steve Guerdat's lucky day, triumphing in the 37th FEI World Cup Jumping final. Pic Hippo Foto - Dirk Caremans
"You need a little bit of luck" said Guerdat, who's stood on the podium three times in second and third place, "You have to keep believing in yourself and your horse and if you come so close so many times you deserve to win it one time!" Hippo Foto - Dirk Caremans
Guerdat poses for photos with French rider Peneloppe Leprevost (L) in second place and Ireland's 19-year-old Bertram Allen (R) in third. Hippo Foto - Dirk Caremans
"I've been three-times on the podium, twice in the jump-off and always finished in the top 10. I always wanted to win this" 32-year-old Guerdat said. Hippo Foto - Dirk Caremans