Carl Hester

Carl was raised on the tiny Channel island of Sark, the island has no cars and horses are very much part of Sark life.

Through an advertisement in Horse and Hound Carl, aged 19, arrived at the Fortune Centre in Hampshire. It was there Carl had his first opportunity to compete and it was on the Fortune Centre’s skewbald mare, Jolly Dolly, that Carl won the 1985 Young Dressage Rider Championship.

His next job took him to the Gloucestershire village of Bourton on the Hill and the farm of Jannie and Christopher Taylor, where Carl rode in the first Blenheim Horse Trials and won the Spillers Dressage with Jumping Championship.

Carl’s career took the most dramatic turn when Dr Bechtolsheimer approached him to join his yard as a rider. “I rode and trained with Dr B for three and a half years and in 1990 went to the World Championships on Rubelit von Unkenriff, the European Championships in 1991 and in 1992 the Barcelona Olympics on Georgioni. I was the youngest British rider to ever compete in an Olympic Games. It was the most amazing thing that had ever happened to me, and a period that changed the course of my life.”

“I am honoured to have been awarded an MBE for taking part in the sport I love.

To win team gold at the London 2012 Olympics was a dream come true. Standing on the podium was the proudest moment of my life. I am so happy to have shared this team win with Charlotte and Laura who both gave great performances to secure the gold. What a great day for dressage.”