Carl Hester will be bringing home weighted luggage from Rotterdam after securing three medals at the European Championships in Rotterdam, say British Dressage. Watch our news video from the event below.
He had a miracle ride with the 10-year-old stallion Uthopia to claim a second silver medal in yesterday’s grand prix freestyle. The team took the gold on Thursday for the first time in dressage history as well as silver and bronze in Saturday’s grand prix special.
Hester rode a spectacular test thrilling audiences to a brand new music compilation for 84.179%. “The risk paid off, it was amazing.” Carl said. “It was the first time I’d ridden it and somehow we arrived in all the right places at all the right time. Six weeks ago he suddenly found a new gear and after Hickstead I knew we had to get serious and get new music. For such a young horse to do what he did here I couldn’t be happier with him, it’s so exciting.”
The result comes at a championship where the sport itself has reached new highs; each of the podium winners rode personal bests to take their titles in emphatic style. Yesterday’s champion Adelinde Cornelissen was the convincing winner for the home nation (NED) and rode a faultless test for 88.768% with Jerich Parzival. Swedish rider Patrick Kittel clinched the bronze with Watermill Scandic H.B.C on 83.429%, just 0.383 ahead of Britiain’s Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris in fourth. While Matthias Rath rode sympathetically, he failed to win a spot on the podium with the wonder stallion Totilas leaving many questioning whether he was no longer the judges' favourite.