Hester wins as Valegro bows out
Carl Hester has thrilled fans in London as part of the Olympia Horse Show.
In what was the fifth leg of the FEI World Cup for the Western European League Hester took the spoils with Nip Tuck.
The duo took the win with a score of 84.669% and finished ahead of Minderhoud and Gal in second and third respectively.
Soon afterwards however it was the turn of the performer Valegro to take to the field and bid farewell to the crowd before its retirement.
The fans all paid tribute to the legend and fantastic KWPN who has given so much to the sport.Speaking about the event, Hester said it was a bitter-sweet day as he was delighted to see Valegro receive the recognition it deserves, but sad to see the horse bow out.
Focusing back to the World Cup, this is how the rankings are now looking after the London leg of the tour:1. Judy Reynolds IRL – 452. Kristy Oakley AUS – 443. Fabienne Lutkemeier GER – 413. Marcela Krinke Susmelj SUI – 415. Isabell Werth GER – 406. Carl Hester GBR – 376. Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez ESP – 376. Inna Logutenkova UKR – 379. Hubertus Schmidt GER – 3110. Jessica von Bredow-Werndl GER – 3010. Mai Tofte Olesen DEN – 3010. Terhi Stegars FIN – 30
Looking ahead, the next leg is in Amsterdam from 27-29 January.
IN THE PHOTO: Carl Hester, Charlotte Dujardin & Valegro and Alan Davies – London Olympia Horse Show – 14 December 2016
Photo Jon Stroud Media