Carl Hester MBE has been awarded The British Horse Society’s highest honour, Honorary Fellowship, joining an elite group of Britain’s greatest equestrians.
Universally acclaimed as one of the greatest British dressage riders and trainers in history, Carl is a wonderful ambassador for horse sport. As an Olympic gold medalist, Carl is one of the brightest and best stars in the equestrian world.
The title of British Horse Society Honorary Fellow is awarded in exceptional circumstances to people who have made an outstanding contribution at the highest level. Only seven people hold the title, with the first award given in 2004 to Ferdi Eilberg.
Other recipients of the accolade include Ian Stark, Captain Mark Phillips, Stephen Clarke, Christopher Bartle, Paul Fielder and the late Kenneth Clawson.
Honorary Fellows are an inspiration as leaders in equine education by supporting the work and activities of The British Horse Society. It is an honour that earns the recipient global acknowledgment of their achievements and stellar reputation. Above all, a Fellow of the British Horse Society will work tirelessly for the good of the horse.
On receiving his accolade, Carl said: “It was an absolute honour to receive the award and wonderful to be with so many knowledgeable and passionate people."
Lynn Petersen, CEO of The British Horse Society, said: “This award is richly deserved. Carl is one of the most well-respected equestrians in the world. We are delighted to welcome him into this prestigious circle of BHS Fellows."