3 Lessons from Carl Hester

It’s not every day you get a lesson from a true master of the sport, but more than 1,000 spectators and a handful of lucky riders got just that opportunity when Carl Hester travelled to Canada last October for a masterclass at the Caledon Equestrian Park northwest of Toronto. With a stunning selection of horses from four-year-olds to grand prix veterans, and a lineup of riders which included members of Canada’s Olympic dressage team, the weekend was a treat from start to finish. The star of the show, of course, was Hester himself. Humorous, self-deprecating, and with a laser-sharp eye for exactly what each horse and rider combination most needed to work on, he both entertained and educated the audience for two full days. While most of us may never have the chance to compete in the Olympics, or even ride a grand prix horse, we can all learn something…

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