Carl Hester (pictured, left, with Richard Davison, right) concluded a memorable dressage programme at the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show in England by being crowned grand prix freestyle to music champion in the CDI class.
Carl, winner of 10 major championship medals and a British dressage statesman during his long and illustrious career, thrilled the capacity crowd with the 10-year-old gelding Hawtins Delicato.
Their performance showcased the rich potential of Carl’s exciting ride, offering further evidence as to why they are likely to be Great Britain team members at the World Equestrian Games in America later this year.
The son of Diamond Hit has so far been campaigned mostly by Charlotte Dujardin, with Carl taking over the reins this season.
“He gave me a great feeling,” said Carl. “I am beginning to understand him, and it is getting to know him. The feeling on him is incredible. He has come here and gone up a level again.
‘He is so comfortable’
“I did the best extended trots I’ve done with him today; it is such a luxury having a horse that looks like him. He is so comfortable and nice in the hand,” added Carl.
Delicato’s score of 76.225% in the freestyle at Bolesworth proved enough to edge out Richard Davison and his home-bred Bubblingh, who finished second with 75.875%.
The up-coming young British rider Charlotte Fry, who is based in the Netherlands with the van Olsts filled third place riding Dark Legend.
Bolesworth’s dressage programme was dominated by double Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin, who won a host of classes from young horse ranks to CDI grand prix.
Catch up with H&C’s Bolesworth dressage highlights on Saturday June 23 at 7pm Eastern time.