Carl Hester MBE

Rider Profile

Carl Hester MBE

Carl learnt to ride at an early age in Sark before moving to Dorset to work at the Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy. Two years after taking up dressage, he was crowned the 1985 Young Rider National Champion.

After representing Great Britain at the 1990 World Games on his employer Dr  Bechtolsheimer’s Giorgione, he went on to win his first medal for Great Britain at the 2009 European Championships.

Carl claimed team gold and two individual silver medals with Uthopia in 2011 – his first ever individual honours. The combination went on to represent Great Britain at the London Olympics in 2012, where they secured team gold, before adding a team bronze to their tally in 2013. Carl was awarded an MBE in the 2013 New Year Honours List.

The British-bred Hawtins Delicato, or Del, was produced by Carl's protégé, Charlotte Dujardin, up to Grand Prix before Carl took over the ride in May 2018. After contesting three CDIs, where they finished on the podium every time with scores over 75%, they were selected to be part of the team that won bronze at the World Equestrian Games in 2018.

Sporting Achievements

Date Event Horse Medals
2019 European Championships Hawtins Delicato  
2018 World Equestrian Games Hawtins Delicato Team bronze
2017 European Championships Nip Tuck  
2016 Olympic Games Nip Tuck Team silver
2015 European Championships Nip Tuck Team silver
2014 World Equestrian Games Nip Tuck Team silver
2013 European Championships Uthopia Team bronze
2012 Olympic Games Uthopia Team gold
2011 European Championships Uthopia Team gold, and individual GPS and GPF silver
2010 World Equestrian Games Liebling II Team silver
2009 European Championships Liebling II Team silver
2005 European Championships Escapado  
2004 Olympic Games Escapado  
2000 Olympic Games

Argentille Gullit

1999 European Championships Legal Democrat  
1992 Olympic Games Giorgione  
1991 European Championships Giorgione  
1990 World Equestrian Games Giorgione