Hester does it again, winning his 66th national dressage championship title riding Fine Time to victory in the grand prix kur

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Carl Hester won his 66th national championship title riding Fine Time to a 76.65% grand prix freestyle victory at Stoneleigh, Warks, (22 September).

Having had a fantastic ride at Hickstead international in July on the stallion, Carl felt he was coming into his own and had high hopes for him at these championships.

Carl said: “I so enjoyed riding the test. We’ve been working on the horse’s ‘go’ and, where he was a bit too hot yesterday, today he had the right amount of power. He’s really enjoying himself and I love riding him.”

Watch part of Carl’s test here:

Anders Dahl was 2nd riding his partner Fiona Bigwood’s Wie Atlantico, and Lara Griffith 3rd with the Bechtolsheimers’ Andretti H in this her 1st year of grand prix.

To read a full report, analysis and see images from the national dressage championships, don’t miss Horse & Hound’s next issue, out 26 September.