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Carl Hester - British Team rider?

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  • Carl Hester - British Team rider?

    Is anyone familiar with this rider?

    Have you seen him teach? If so, what do you think?

    Feel free to PM me.


    Magnum
    "If you don't know where you're going, you'll end up somewhere else."

  • #2
    Send a PM to Sabine on this board. She is a friend of his and regularly takes clinics with him.

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    • #3
      He's good, don't miss the opportunity if you have it. Go.

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      • #4
        He is gods gift to horses and a nice person to boot.

        Phenominal rider and trainer, and if you have the opportunity to spend even a second in his world - DO IT!!!!!

        Honestly, he is incredible!!!!!

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        • #5
          Ahhh CLC....... Cute Little Carl.....

          Yes, Im one of his bigget fans!

          But seriously, I had read his books and bought his CD. I love his theory and this way of training. Id love to work with him. Sabine has offered me to come in her direction many times when he is here, but I cant get away from the farm or kids right now to go that far.

          Owell, CLC will have to wait.
          www.spindletopfarm.net
          Home of Puerto D'Azur - 1998 NA 100 Day Test Champion
          "Charcter is much easier kept than recovered"

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          • #6
            Ah, our Carl-ina!! He is an incredibly nice guy...great sense of humour...and a GREAT trainer. You would be foolish to pass up the opportunity to ride with him...if you cannot go and audit.

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            • #7
              I worship Carl - he is a god of all that is dressage! Genuinely nice guy and talented rider - what more could you ask for? I've seen him compete, as well as attend a clinic of his *sigh*

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              • #8
                Originally posted by nzfraggle View Post
                I worship Carl - he is a god of all that is dressage! Genuinely nice guy and talented rider - what more could you ask for? I've seen him compete, as well as attend a clinic of his *sigh*
                Oh- so you were at his clinic last October 2006? yeah- he came from there to us...

                I don't call him Carlina- and yes I know him well. He doesn't deserve that name...
                Magnum- what's your question? Are you planning on going to the UK to ride with him? Are you having him come to the US?

                I think asking opinions about a clinician is very so,so. Many times you can easily and quickly find out that a clincian in consideration might not be good for your program, othertimes it just a he said, she said.

                Carl is different. I have been spoiled all my life with very good german teaching, SRS teaching and exposure/participation in the german dressage life.
                When I met Carl- I learned a different dimension. Dressage has to be joyous and fun and forward and daring. These concepts were never so clearly revealed to me until then.

                As many of you know- Carl has several books out that are great to read and easy to understand. He also has a couple of really great teaching videos that can be ordered through Amazon- they were published in the UK and are mainly taking from 'Masterclass' style evenings that are very popular in the UK. He shows how he has taken relatively regular horses and trained them to be dressage horses.

                What makes him different? He has a great education, intelligence and whit- he speaks very perfect British - which is easy to understand and fun and memorable to listen to. He is kind and not demeaning ever- but not a softie or pushover ever...he is a lot of fun to be around and has amazing skills of riding well and skilled.

                I wish we could adopt him permanently in the US- as I feel that he would have no shortage of generous sponsors and could really showcase good, tactful riding.
                "the man mite be the head but the woman is the neck and the neck can turn the head any way she wants..." -smart greek woman

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                • #9
                  top rider

                  Carl is one of the world's best riders and trainers, period.
                  His idea of dressage is effective, practical and very understandable.
                  All of Sabine's comments are right on the mark. He is a super nice guy on top of it!
                  If you have the chance to work with him take it without delay!
                  It would be great if he ever moved to the US, but he's got his own place in the UK and a healthy pool of talented and wealthy clients that adore him!

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                  • #10
                    Why don't you consider

                    Originally posted by Sabine View Post
                    Oh- so you were at his clinic last October 2006? yeah- he came from there to us...

                    I don't call him Carlina- and yes I know him well. He doesn't deserve that name...
                    Magnum- what's your question? Are you planning on going to the UK to ride with him? Are you having him come to the US?

                    I think asking opinions about a clinician is very so,so. Many times you can easily and quickly find out that a clincian in consideration might not be good for your program, othertimes it just a he said, she said.

                    Carl is different. I have been spoiled all my life with very good german teaching, SRS teaching and exposure/participation in the german dressage life.
                    When I met Carl- I learned a different dimension. Dressage has to be joyous and fun and forward and daring. These concepts were never so clearly revealed to me until then.

                    As many of you know- Carl has several books out that are great to read and easy to understand. He also has a couple of really great teaching videos that can be ordered through Amazon- they were published in the UK and are mainly taking from 'Masterclass' style evenings that are very popular in the UK. He shows how he has taken relatively regular horses and trained them to be dressage horses.

                    What makes him different? He has a great education, intelligence and whit- he speaks very perfect British - which is easy to understand and fun and memorable to listen to. He is kind and not demeaning ever- but not a softie or pushover ever...he is a lot of fun to be around and has amazing skills of riding well and skilled.

                    I wish we could adopt him permanently in the US- as I feel that he would have no shortage of generous sponsors and could really showcase good, tactful riding.
                    This says it all, and I really think that Carl would be the best possible choice for the new national coach of the USA. WHY.. Carl speaks very good English, he is the bridge between classical and modern dressage, a gentleman "pür sang", and he has charisma.

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                    • #11
                      Not that it is ever going to happen, but I second and third the idea of Carl being next coach!

                      wait...I'm dreaming for a moment....

                      ahhhhhhhhhh!

                      OK, back to reality.

                      (and this is certainly not a dis at KB...but no one lasts forever, and no one enjoys the job forever. Just taking a moment to step into the future and dream.)
                      one oak, lots of canyons

                      http://horsesportnews.wordpress.com/

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                        #12
                        We have a group in the midwest who may be interested in bringing him over for clinics. I also go to England periodicially.

                        I looked up a YOU TUBE video of him on Escaparado before the horse was sold. HOT HORSE and he partners well with the horse. There was some tension in the video, but Carl had stated in another article how much this horse HATES musicals, so that explains that. .... plus a lot to be said for how WELL he handled the tension. You could see that the horse wanted to explode but INSTEAD CHOSE to work with Carl.

                        I read the New Zealand article on him where he talked about that horse extensively. It is also good that he likes to work with the HOT horses, because that is what I have. He also looks like a light rider and very tactful.

                        (On a side note, he also got points with me be stating that his best choice to ride is a "Ferro geldings because of their hind leg action and sensitivity." ... Well ... I have one now and it would be great to find someone who knows this line that well.

                        Thanks for all the comments.

                        Magnum
                        "If you don't know where you're going, you'll end up somewhere else."

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                        • #13
                          Correction

                          Originally posted by magnum View Post
                          We have a group in the midwest who may be interested in bringing him over for clinics. I also go to England periodicially.

                          I looked up a YOU TUBE video of him on Escaparado before the horse was sold. HOT HORSE and he partners well with the horse. There was some tension in the video, but Carl had stated in another article how much this horse HATES musicals, so that explains that. .... plus a lot to be said for how WELL he handled the tension. You could see that the horse wanted to explode but INSTEAD CHOSE to work with Carl.

                          I read the New Zealand article on him where he talked about that horse extensively. It is also good that he likes to work with the HOT horses, because that is what I have. He also looks like a light rider and very tactful.

                          (On a side note, he also got points with me be stating that his best choice to ride is a "Ferro geldings because of their hind leg action and sensitivity." ... Well ... I have one now and it would be great to find someone who knows this line that well.

                          Thanks for all the comments.

                          Magnum
                          Correction please :


                          Carl, like many other topriders hate the freestyle to music, because the FTM doesn't allow time for correction.

                          Comprende

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                          • #14
                            Carl Hester is a fabulous rider - you could put him on a skateboard with a tail and he would get it to GP.

                            Seen some of his masterclasses and would love to have a lesson with him, as possibly would every dressage rider in the UK!

                            His sense of humour is very dry and his clincs a pleasure to watch.

                            If you have the chance of a lesson with him or Spencer then grab it with both hands.

                            Paddy
                            Last edited by PaddyUK; Dec. 29, 2007, 03:00 PM. Reason: spelling
                            "Chaos, panic and disorder. My work here is done"

                            ~Member of the "Addicted to Lessons" clique~

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                            • #15
                              carl is excellent trianer
                              and he does the kick and click method if the horse is lazy or to sharp as i do
                              so i know exactly how to ride with him if i ever got the chance
                              he often writes for your horse or horse and rider uk mags

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Sabine View Post
                                Oh- so you were at his clinic last October 2006? yeah- he came from there to us...
                                Yup, and just about froze to death in the process Very unpleasant conditions. However, Carl is worth it (drove 7hrs each way to see him!!).

                                I like the fact that he actually likes his horses and lets them be horses *thumbsup*

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                                • #17
                                  New Zealand H&P Article & Bio on Carl Hester

                                  DOWN TO EARTH
                                  Leading British dressage rider, trainer and author Carl Hester made quite an impression on his recent New Zealand visit, as Helen Firth reports. ......
                                  http://www.horse-pony.co.nz/archive/2006/dec06-1.html

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by nzfraggle View Post
                                    Yup, and just about froze to death in the process Very unpleasant conditions. However, Carl is worth it (drove 7hrs each way to see him!!).

                                    I like the fact that he actually likes his horses and lets them be horses *thumbsup*
                                    I know- it must have been an exhausting trip for him- he was just 'hangin loose' here- in a circle of friends from the last clinic- but his training remained fabbo- we all were energized and upbeat and determined to make a go off it afterwards....until the next time...
                                    "the man mite be the head but the woman is the neck and the neck can turn the head any way she wants..." -smart greek woman

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                                    • #19
                                      I like the fact that he actually likes his horses and lets them be horses *thumbsup*
                                      Yeah right. Because everyone else hates them and makes them pretend to be hamsters.

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                                      • #20
                                        Ive seen so many trainers (not just dressage, I mean all trainers) and there are two who stick in my head as being 100% horse lovers in every sense of the word. One is Carl, the other is Vaughn jefferis ... who incidentally is a close friend of Carls.

                                        I think also because Carl makes the whole learning a fun thing, and has a sense of humour, the whole atmosphere in one of his clinics seems to be just ...welll...different?

                                        He is definitely in a class of his own from what I have seen.

                                        I was a show groom in the UK at the first Dressage at Hickstead in the early 90's and stayed with his friends/owners. I had never heard of him before and thought he was hot hot hot...lol..then found out he played for the other team and I remember being absolutely gutted haha.

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