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Carl Hester
(? - living) U.K.

Carl Hester

Dressage rider, trainer and author

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Carl was raised on the tiny Channel island of Sark, the island has no cars and horses are very much part of Sark life. It is no surprise that Carl learnt to ride. The first equine to be subjected to Carl's skill was a donkey that Carl would ride to the village shop.

Always eager on the way there for the chance of a carrot he stubbornly refused to leave for the journey home. Carl would get on board, then be handed the shopping and with a flap of the carrier bags that frightened the donkey they set off home at a spanking gallop. Carl, like most kids raised on Sark drove carriages for tourists in school holidays as a way to earn pocket money.

At 19 Carl had no ambition or aspirations but with no jobs on Sark and winter coming he decided to apply for a job with horses on the mainland. Through an advertisement in Horse and Hound Carl arrived at the Fortune Centre in Hampshire, where adults with learning and physical disabilities are given a sense of freedom and achievement through riding. It was there Carl had his first opportunity and that Carl won the 1985 Young Dressage Rider Championship.

His next job took him to the Gloucestershire village of Bourton on the Hill. Carl's career took the most dramatic turn when Dr Bechtolsheimer approached him to join his yard as a rider.

Carl, who is openly gay, has now a stable near Hartpury in Gloucester shire and was picked as a member of the British Olympic dressage team. He's got a long history of being in the Great Britain team and became the youngest rider ever to be picked to represent the UK when he made his debut at the Barcelona games in 1992. His success has also proven that the sexuality of the rider does not have any barring on the persons achievments.

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Website: http://www.carlhester.co.uk/

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