Carl Hester wows at grand prix level with his Tokyo hope En Vogue at Somerford Premier League, Cheshire, while a newcomer comes away from her first ever Premier League with a win, reports Jo Prestwich
IT was no surprise to see Carl Hester win both the grand prix and grand prix special at Somerford Premier League, Cheshire, with En Vogue, but the way he did took the partnership up another level with a smattering of 10s in both tests and an impressive 82.24% in the special.
“Carl’s just unbelievable,” stated Clive Halsall, who judged at C in the grand prix and E in the special. “All those horses of his come out and enjoy their job. Vogue is a really hot horse who made those difficult exercises look ridiculously easy. Carl intuitively knows when to take risks and when to sit quietly. He is such a clever rider and that really was something special to watch.”
Carl was delighted with the 12-year-old Jazz son, as he also was with his prix st georges (PSG) winner Nutbush. Owned by Carl with Roly Luard and Anne Barrott, ‘Gus’ is a Negro half-brother to successful stallion Timolin, who has himself competed to grand prix and intermediate CCI3* level eventing.
This report is also available to read in Horse & Hound magazine, on sale Thursday 3 June 2021
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