Olympic & Paralympic Disciplines Dressage
Carl Hester Biography
Carl lived on the Isle of Sark from the age of four. He learnt to ride at an early age as the island has no cars and relies on horses as a means of getting around.
At 16, Carl moved to the mainland where he was offered a job at the Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy in Dorset. Although he started out competing in eventing, he moved to dressage and became Young Rider National Dressage Champion in 1985 and was selected for the Young Rider team in 1988.
Carl was approached to work for renowned dressage trainer Dr Bechtolsheimer in 1989, where he stayed for three years. Carl then set up a yard with Kate Carter, which they ran together for 10 years. In 2004, Carl went solo and runs his own competition yard in Gloucestershire. Carl has achieved great success in dressage and is one of the most successful British riders in the sport’s history.
Carl was awarded an MBE in the 2012 New Year Honours List.
2012 Olympic Games: Team Gold (Uthopia)
2011 European Championships: Team Gold, Individual Silver GPS, Individual Silver GPF (Uthopia)
2010 World Equestrian Games: Team Silver, GPS 14th (Liebling II)
2009 European Championships: Team Silver, GPS 10th, GPF 10th (Liebling II)
2005 European Championships: Team 5th, GPS 5th, GPF 11th (Escapado)
2004 Olympic Games: Team 7th, GPS 9th, GPF 13th (Escapado)
2000 Olympic Games: Team 8th (Argentine Gullit)
1999 European Championships: Team 5th, GPS 15th (Legal Democrat)
1997 European Championships: Team 8th (Legal Democrat)
1992 Olympic Games: Team 7th, GPS 16th (Giorgione)
1991 European Championships: Team 4th (Giorgione)
1990 World Equestrian Games: Team 5th, GPS 18th (Rubelit von Unkenriff)