Profile: Carl Hester

Carl Hester

Key Facts

Date of Birth: 29/6/1967
Birthplace: Sark, Channel Islands
Residence: England
Height: 1.82 m / 6′ 0″
Status: Active
Career: 1985 – Present




Carl Hester, MBE is a British dressage rider, who was born and raised on the Channel Island of Sark. He is most well known for competing at Olympic level.


He moved to the UK mainland when 19 years old to a job The Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy. Carl won the 1985 Young Dressage Rider Championship, on the centre’s skewbald mare, Jolly Dolly. Moving to Bourton-on-the-Hill he competed at the first Blenheim Horse Trials and won the Spillers Dressage with Jumping Championship.


In 1990 Hester went to the World Championships on Rubelit von Unkenriff, the European Championships in 1991 and in 1992 competed at the Barcelona Olympics on Georgioni. He was the youngest British rider ever to compete in an Olympic Games.


As of 8 August 2012 the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) rank him 12th in the world riding Uthopia.


Hester own a yard at Oaklebrook Mill, near Newent, Gloucestershire, which is set in 25 acres of land and has both indoor and outdoor arenas. Carl is openly gay, and was previously in a relationship with international dressage rider Spencer Wilton.




Olympic Dressage Team Gold Medal London 2012
Olympic Dressage Team Silver Rio 2016



Fun Facts

Competed for Team GB in Rio 2016 in Equestrian Dressage Individual, and Equestrian Dressage Team.


He owns a talking cockatoo!


Carl has a menagerie of animals including 5 peacocks, 14 dogs and 30 guinea fowl!

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