Carl Hester & Olympic Mount Nip Tuck Post Personal Best in Hartpury CDI3* Special, After Same in Grand Prix

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Carl Hester on Nip Tuck in their farewell performance before the Olympic Games. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Carl Hester on Nip Tuck in their farewell performance before the Olympic Games. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

HARTPURY, England, July 10, 2016–Carl Hester and Nip Tuck produced another personal best performance in their last ride before heading to the Olympic Games in winning the Hartpury Festival of Dressage CDI3* Grand Prix Special Sunday.

For the second ride at this send-off event for the defending gold medal team from the London Olympics in 2012 Carl and the 12-year-old KWPN gelding scored 79.215 per cent that was similar to the Grand Prix two days earlier which was also the best result in just over two years at Big Tour.

Carl and Nip Tuck were on the British silver medal team at the 2014 World Games in Normandy and the 2015 European Championship team that also won silver at Aachen, Germany.

Gillian Davison on Alfranco placed second on 68.843 per cent with Henriette Anderson on Flavio third on 68.509 per cent.

The performances by Carl and Nip Tuck were among the highlights of this event that saw all four combinations compete in front of British fans for the last time before going to Rio de Janeiro in three weeks to defend the gold medal won at London in 2012, historic as the first dressage medal for Britain in a century of Olympic equestrian sports.

Carl coaches his three Olympic team mates and three of the four horses came through his training center–Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro, Spencer Wilton on Super Nova II and Fiona Bigwood on Orthilia all are coached by him while all but Orthilia came through his barn near this college.

Nip Tuck has been a special project for Carl who admits, “I don’t know what to do with him. I really feel like I am peaking.

“I feel like he’s been the most interesting horse I’ve ever trained because he appeared so talentless.

“I’ve got to stop saying. ‘I’ve got there, there is no more.’ It has really come together, the expression, obedience, moving to what I thought was to his maximum.

“Is there any more that’s hidden in the pot? That’s what’s so fascinating about him.I like to feel when I’ve got to this stage I’d like to stop and let someone else enjoy riding him.

“He’s so fun to ride. It’s like a mathematician going around; it’s like pressing buttons. I only have to steer him. He’s so willing. I‘d like another student or someone else on him.”

That’s as long as  Jane De La Mare, who owns the horse with Carl, is happy.

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix Special