Carl Hester has enjoyed a long and fruitful career with horses. His professional life began in 1985 when he won the Young Rider Dressage Championships aboard a skewbald mare belonging to the Fortune Centre for disabled riders, where Carl worked. He tried his hand at eventing, competing at the inaugural Blenheim Horse Trials, before settling on dressage and taking a job with Dr. Bechtolsheimer.
From here, Carl’s career went from strength to strength. He competed at the 1990 World Championships, 1991 European Championships, and the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, becoming the youngest British rider ever to compete at an Olympics. He has won six European Championships medals, two World Equestrian Games medals, and was on the history-making gold-medal-winning team at the 2012 London Olympics.
Carl is a highly-sought after trainer – his best-known student is dressage dynamo Charlotte Dujardin.