Meet the hosts
Find out more about the four leading figures hosting this year's National Convention, sponsored by NAF and LeMieux.
Charlotte Dujardin CBE is an elite British dressage rider, triple Olympic Gold Medalist at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games, former European Champion, World Champion and holds all three World Records in the sport of Dressage. With Valegro, Charlotte held the complete set of the available individual elite dressage titles; the individual Olympic freestyle, World freestyle and Grand Prix Special, World Cup individual dressage and European freestyle, and Grand Prix Special titles. She is the first, and to date only rider to hold this complete set of titles at the same time. At present, she is part of the current Great Britain team for Team Dressage and has a string of upcoming dressage horses, all competing successfully at their respective levels. With three gold medals and one silver medal, Charlotte is also Great Britain's most successful Olympic equestrian.
One of Britain’s most successful dressage riders and trainers, Carl Hester MBE is a six-time Olympian and multi-medallist at European and world championships, and Olympic Games. He is also the holder of more than 65 British Dressage national titles and is the superpower behind the success of the record-breaking partnership of Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro. Few will forget Carl Hester's memorable performance as part of the London 2012 gold medal winning team, after which was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to equestrianism.
Gareth Hughes has recorded more than 60 National and International titles with memorable wins both in the UK and abroad. Gareth is a member of British World Class Podium Squad with numerous Nation Cup wins and has been a long-term stalwart of the team, contributing to medal success at both European and World Championships. Gareth also attended the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan as the British team reserve and became British National Champion a year later.
As one of Britain's most successful riders, Laura Tomlinson boasts an impressive career as a multi-medalled athlete. Laura was a member of the gold medal winning team at the London Olympics in 2012, where she also won an individual bronze medal with her long-term partner Mistral Hojris. Together with 'Alf', Laura achieved no fewer than four team championship medals and five as an individual. Laura balances being an elite sportswoman with being a mother to her four children, an impressive feat that she describes as a 'delight.'