Carl Hester Presents Dressage Demonstration By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · July 6, 2015
At the Three Counties showground near Malvern, England, the annual agricultural showcase attracted tens of thousands of visitors to view the various events on the schedule. Over 3,000 farm animals of all types were featured in the mid-June gala, and a hunter show attracted better than 2,000 horses.
One of the special features was a dressage display given by Carl Hester. Presently an international-level rider and an Olympic gold medalist, Hester began his equine career at a young age. Growing up on the Channel island of Sark, which is so small that it has no automobiles, he rode a donkey to and from the village market several times a week to pick up groceries for his family. Moving to the mainland as a teenager, he studied dressage and won the Young Dressage Rider Championship in 1985. This early win was followed by decades of experience, and he now rides, competes, trains horses, and teaches students.