Carl Hester

Riding: Sandra Biddlecombe, Charlotte Dujardin, Lady Anne Evans and his own En Vogue (dark bay, gelding, 12yrs, 17hh, Jazz x Contango, Breeder: A Van der Goor NED, Groom: Lucy Scudamore)

Carl Hester and En Vogue C LL FOTO DE

Carl lived on the Isle of Sark from the age of four where he learnt to ride at an early age as the island had no cars and relied on horses as a means of getting around. At 16 he moved to mainland Britain where he worked at the Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy.

It was a move to the renowned dressage trainer Dr Wilfred Bechtolsheimer which gave him the chance of a lifetime and a first British senior team call up in 1990 at the World Championships and on two an Olympic debut in 1992, where he made history as the youngest rider to compete in a Games.

British National Champion on ten occasions, Carl has been incredibly successful in his competitive career and is also one of the top dressage trainers in the country with a lengthy, high profile list of clients, including his three teammates in Tokyo. He received an MBE for services to equestrianism from the Queen in June 2013, was made a Fellow of the British Horse Society and is the first Honorary Patron of British Dressage.

Being the most decorated Dressage riders in history, his achievements include five Olympic call ups, Tokyo will be number six, four World Championship teams and ten European Championship appearances collecting 11 medals along the way.

In 2020, he took over the ride on En Vogue from Charlotte Dujardin, who’d produced him from a nervy four year old to Grand Prix and they’ve quickly built a strong partnership.

Olympic record

2016 - Rio, BRA Nip Tuck Team Silver, GPS 9th, GPFS 7th
2012 - London, GBR Uthopia Team Gold, GPS 3rd, GPFS 5th
2004 - Athens, GRE Escapado Team 7th, GPS 9th, GPFS 13th
2000 - Sydney, AUS Argentille Gullit Team 8th
1992 - Barcelona, ESP Giorgione Team 7th, GPS 16th

International personal bests with En Vogue
Grand Prix – 77.50%
Grand Prix Special – 78.425%