Carl Hester is at the top of his game. Together with protege Charlotte Dujardin, he has taken British dressage to new heights. But he is not about to rest on his laurels... Eight years ago, Carl saw something special in a young horse called Valegro. Now, it's time to look for the next superstar, and Carl knows just where to look: Holland.
Carl and Charlotte: Going Dutch will air on Horse & Country TV in 2014.
This series, which premiered in 2010, gave an exclusive and intimate look at the life of one of Britain's most successful and popular equestrian personalities, dressage rider Carl Hester. We got to meet Carl, his team, his many pets and his horses, and found out what life is really like at a top yard.
Episode 1: Carl's World - The series opener takes us into the world of Carl's famous dressage yard. We meet the horses and the people who look after, train and ride them. Carl tells us about his early life on Sark.
Episode 2: Hester's Horses - Carl is a renowned trainer of dressage horses. He buys them young and treats each one as an individual. We capture Carl in training and reveal the philosophy behind his methods.
Episode 3: Team Hester - We meet the grooms and riders at Carl's yard. From 17-year-old Olivia to future Olympic star, Charlotte Dujardin, Carl spends as much time coaching his riders as he does training horses.
Episode 4: Yard Life - At Carl's yard a whole host of specialists are on hand to help. From horse dentist, to physiotherapist, nutritionist, saddle maker and farrier. We meet the characters that make yard life tick.
Episode 5: Show Time - In the series finale we follow the team to competition and spend time with Carl as he finalises preparations for the World Equestrian Games. Get behind the scenes with Carl, his team, his many pets and, of course, his horses to see what life is really like at a top yard.
Carl Hester treats us to a training masterclass. Learn how Carl trains his horses from the beginning of their careers through to Grand Prix and apply his expert tips to your own riding. See Carl work with a range of horses, including a six-year-old Valegro.
We catch up with Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin in the hit two-part series 'Carl and Charlotte: Dressage Superstars', which follows the pair on their journey to Olympic gold. Watch them train with their top horses, Uthopia and Valegro; head to key competitions, and work towards their goal of Olympic glory.
Episode 1: Home - We meet the two top dressage riders at their yard in Gloucestershire, and discover what life is like for them in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Episode 2: Away - Follow Charlotte Dujardin as she competes in the CDIO Hagen, Germany, under the watchful eye of her mentor Carl Hester. Plus we find out more about Carl and Charlotte's Olympic horses.
In this follow-up to the hit series 'Carl and Charlotte: Dressage Superstars', we catch up with Olympic dressage riders Carl and Charlotte at the end of a phenomenal year.
In this one-hour documentary, find out what it meant to win gold at the Games, see their London 2012 horses, Uthopia and Valegro, in action, meet their new rides and find out what's next for the pair following their superb performances in Greenwich.
Carl and Charlotte: Golden Year is available to buy from our Amazon store.
Carl and Charlotte: Golden Year; Carl and Charlotte: Dressage Superstars and At Home With Carl Hester are sponsored by Saracen Horse Feeds
Horse & Country catches up with Britain's very own dressage superstars Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin, this time following them en route to the FEI European Dressage Championships in Herning, Denmark in August 2013.
The show will include behind-the-scenes footage from Dressage at Hickstead and the European Championships. There will also be further exclusive interviews and filming from Carl's yard, featuring his team and much loved superstar horses, Uthopia and Valegro.
Carl and Charlotte: Europeans 2013 is available to buy from our Amazon store.
Carl Hester is the most successful British dressage rider of all time. He learnt to ride at a young age on his home island of Sark, where horses are the only means of transport. At the age of 16, he moved to mainland Britain where he worked at the Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy in Dorset, where adults with disabilities could learn to ride.
Carl began to take an interest in eventing and took the British Horse Society Assistant Instructor exam. Carl then went to work for Jann and Christopher Taylor in Gloucestershire, where he was given the ride on dressage schoolmaster Slightly Trendy, and was subsequently selected for the Young Rider Dressage team. Carl’s attention was then focused on dressage and he was invited to join the renowned dressage trainer Dr Wilfred Bechtolsheimer, where he worked for three‐and‐a‐half years, gaining valuable training and competing opportunities.
Carl then went on to set up a yard with Kate Carter, eventually setting up his own yard in 2004 following the sale of his Olympic ride Escapado. Carl has been incredibly successful in his competitive career, winning more than 60 National titles, is one of top dressage trainers in the country.
Carl has competed in four Olympic Games (Athens, Sydney, Barcelona and London), winning team gold at London 2012 with Uthopia. The pair also won team gold and individual silver medals at the 2011 European Dressage Championships in Rotterdam, as well as team silver at both the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky and the 2009 European Dressage Championships in Windsor. More recently, Carl was part of the bronze-medal winning team at the Europeans in Denmark 2013.
Charlotte Dujardin is a double Olympic gold medalist, partnering Valegro to victory in the team and individual dressage at London 2012. She started her riding career at a young age, beginning in showing where she achieved much success, winning at Horse of the Year Show four times and Hickstead three times.
On leaving school, Charlotte went to work for top dressage rider Judy Harvey for four years, and was later spotted by Carl Hester as part of the BD Young Professionals award and subsequently began helping him out on his yard. Carl then offered Charlotte a full‐time role as his rider in 2007. Considerable success in her competitive career followed, as she brought her self‐produced horse Fernandez through the levels.
In 2007, Charlotte took on the ride on Valegro, who made his Grand Prix debut in January 2011, just 18 months before winning Olympic Gold. In summer 2011 they were part of the European Championship team gold medal winning team. The pair also holds the world record score in Grand Prix Special with 88.022%.
This summer, Charlotte and Valegro won team bronze and individual gold at the European Dressage Championships.