Monday 12 December - 14h28 | GPR
Carl Hester-"Everything since 2012 is a bonus."
After winning the second Olympic medal of his career this summer in Rio in late October, Carl Hester chose Lyon and his CDI-W stage of the Western European Cup World Cup to resume competition with Nip Tuck. With five Olympic Games, three World Equestrian Games, seven European championships and a World Cup final for a total of ten international medals gleaned in 25 years of high-level career, the boss of British dressage has already History of dressage. His eyes on his career, his future as a competitor, his ambitions, his vision of dressage, his work with Charlotte Dujardin and the brilliant Valegro ... On all these subjects, this eternal young man of forty-nine years confided in Grand Prix .
GRAND PRIX: How do you judge your return to competition in Lyon with Nip Tuck (KWPN, Don Ruto x Animo), two months and a half months after the Rio Olympics? CARL HESTER: Nip Tuck behaved well in the Grand Prix, where he remained calm and was not afraid of anything. Finishing at 78% and second behind Isabell (Werth, rated 83.940% with Weihegold, Old, Don Schufro x Sandro Hit, ed), it\'s a bit like winning! I am also very satisfied with our Free Music Resumption (the couple got 85.017%, by far the best score of his career). The only problem is that Isabell and Weihegold (credited with 90.090%, their personal record, ed) are getting stronger! (Laughs)
G.P .: Are you aiming for a qualification for the Omaha final next spring? C.H .: I only participated once in this final (in 2005 in Las Vegas, finishing tenth with Exquis Escapado, Old, Ex Libris x Ikarus, ed.). This winter, yes, that\'s my goal, especially since I\'m a little less concerned about Charlotte (Dujardin, ed.) These days. I am thinking of taking part in the CDI-W in London in December and in Amsterdam in January. Then I will notice according to the number of points that I will have.
G.P .: Is Charlotte Dujardin still your student or has she become your partner? Does she not show the will to fly on her own? C.H.: At the moment, there is no reason to change anything. For all that, although she is still my pupil, I prefer to see her as my \"contemporary\": she is now in the position I occupied twenty-five years ago when I was working for Wilfried Bechtolsheimer, the father Of Laura (Tomlinson, ed.). The only difference is that I have always nurtured the will to trace my own path. As for her independence, Charlotte would be crazy to leave (laughs), because I assume all the costs and all the details she does not have to worry about (laughs).
Two or three years ago, she reflected on acquiring a stable. I did not dissuade her from doing so. She looked a little here and there, but in the end, we did not change anything because everything is fine. I also believe she appreciates the team and the atmosphere at the stables. Not only me, but also the place where we work together.
The rest of this interview can be found in Grand Prix Magazine.