Olympic dressage gold medallist, Carl Hester MBE, thrilled a packed house inside Myerscough College’s International Equine Arena.
Carl was appearing for his only UK date of 2018, as around 1,200 guests enjoyed his ‘Through the Levels’ Masterclass presentation, where he worked with a number of horse and rider combinations across the levels, sharing his wisdom and learnings that have made him one of the most famous names in Dressage today.
At the end of the presentation the audience was treated to an appearance from legendary Dressage horse, Valegro, who has won numerous titles including three Olympic gold medals and two World Championships, and set various world record scores under Charlotte Dujardin. Valegro retired from competition in 2016 but is still a key part of Carl’s equine family.
To riders and equestrian fans around the world, Carl Hester needs no introduction. The multiple medallist and Olympic rider is one of the most in demand trainers in the world and a master horseman, making his appearance at Myerscough College extra special.
Kelly Thompson, Equine Operations Manager at Myerscough College, said:
‘’It was a totally amazing day.
‘Thank you to everyone that came along. We hope you had a fantastic time. Our arena looked amazing, the horses where fabulous and the star guest just topped of a hugely successful event.
‘’I’d also like to say a huge thank you to my team, who have absolutely outdone themselves with this event. They really have worked so hard to make this event happen and they are all amazing.’’
Alison Robinson, Chief Executive and Principal of Myerscough College, said:
‘’What a brilliant performance by everyone in the Myerscough International Arena team. The arena looked fantastic and the masterclass from Carl was inspirational. Well done and thank you to you all.’’
Carl Hester was selected to represent the United Kingdom at the 2012 Olympics in London. The GB Dressage team won the gold medal, followed by silver in the Rio Olympics in 2016. He was awarded the MBE in 2013 for services to equestrianism.
Myerscough College hosts a series of events and competitions throughout the year at its International Arena, including British Show Jumping Association Shows, Unaffiliated Dressage competitions and Unaffiliated Show Jumping competitions.
The equestrian centre features two indoor arenas, as well as outdoor exercising and riding areas, plus stabling for more than 50 horses and plenty of field space, and also an on-site Equine Spa which uses salt and mineral rich water therapy to promote healing and rehabilitation in injured horses.