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Carl Hester is one of the greatest ever equestrians, leading Great Britain to Gold Medal victory at the London 2012 Olympics. In these vibrant memoirs, he tells the incredible story of the passion for horse-riding which revolutionised his life and made him the champion he is today. Carl grew up on the remote Channel Island of Sark, moving to the UK mainland at the age of 16 to work with horses, mainly as a way to leave home. He could never have predicted what a great affinity he would have for dressage. Carl's career enjoyed a stratospheric rise as he progressed from working as a groom/rider to riding international dressage horses full time for renowned owners Dr and Mrs Bechtolsheimer, to training his own horses, and other top riders, to international success. Carl's early career revealed someone capable of monumental achievements. He provides a rare insight into both the people and the horses that drove him to victory, initially the skewbald mare Jolly Dolly on which he won the 1985 Young Riders Dressage Championship.During the early 1990s he rode in the World Championships, the European Championships and the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, becoming Great Britain's youngest ever rider to compete in the Games. His riding skills have increased with age, culminating in the hugely successful years as part of the Gold Medal teams that won the 2011 European Dressage Championships and, of course, that made history at London 2012. He achieved both feats on the same extraordinary horse, Uthopia, while as a trainer he produced the even more remarkable combination of Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro. A first-class sportsman and a witty and engaging writer, Carl now offers his admirers the opportunity to read an intelligent, humorous and, above all, inspiring account of his life - from the ups and downs of his career to the motivations and techniques which have helped him to win 66 national titles, represent Team GB at four Olympic Games, two World Championships and seven European Cha

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Definitely worth a read 12 mai 2014
Par Annalisa Phillips - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Like many others, I was eagerly awaiting this to be released!

I purchased through Amazon for Kindle, the quickest and easiest way I find to read a book (at the moment).

I thought it was a really interesting read and a very insightful look into his life. From growing up on Sark, the family situation (or lack thereof), all the people who contributed along the way and the various horses being bought, trained and sold.

I can’t say it’s a really flowing read, I perhaps more took it from the perspective that you were getting 101 short stories or almost snippets. Not a continued novel as such flowing from one place to the next but more so a tale about a trip, leading into a lovely piece of gossip about another horse or person encountered.

Insightful from the perspective in that you see (or read) just how damn hard he has worked, the risks he has taken and the ultimate belief in what he was doing. I also love the way the 2012 Olympics is talked about like just another show, which of course it is for the horses and riders attending but not for the rest of the world. You loose the grandiose ideas and in comes all the normal dramas encountered from stabling to warm-up arenas and placement on draws.

I thought it was lovely how he spoke of Isabell Werth and her congratulating people on well deserved wins. The people he has met along the way, including Dr B, Charlotte and the various tales of acquiring trucks and facilities. Oh and I laughed when Jilly Cooper gets a mention!
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What a sheer and fascinating delight. 23 juin 2014
Par Ellen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
The book assumes a familiarity with the sport and a lot of the players, but is almost impossible to put down. Some of the experiences he recounts are laugh-out-loud funny, and interspersed among the anecdotes are fascinating words of wisdom that stay with the reader. What also makes an impression is the realization that his was not a seamless, effortless rise to the top, but took resilience, flexibility, and that incredible sense of humor and people skills. And for dressage riders, the book is a good reminder that the journey is meant to be fun and filled with friendships. What a good role model he is in so many ways.
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A great read 20 juillet 2014
Par Kindle Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
When I first started to read the book I was disappointed. I initially thought that the conversational style was tiresome,and read more like a confusing ramble through past exploits than a genuine autobiography. However, on finishing the book I have to revise my opinion pretty thoroughly. Once I got used to his style, the book was very enjoyable and full of inside tracking on the elite world of dressage, as well as important personal insights on how to maintain happy horses. I shall certainly go on to follow Mr Hester in print and other media. Mr Hester - you have gained a huge fan!
A delightful and entertaining book by one of the world's greatest dressage riders 9 septembre 2015
Par Mary Pagones - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Carl Hester is one of my favorite equestrians to watch, not only because of his riding but also because of his entertaining and accessible way of explaining dressage. He's delightfully funny and his love and concern for his horses always shines forth. The same is true of his autobiography. While I would agree with previous posters that this isn't a terribly linear narrative (autobiographies seldom are), it does make you feel as if you are sitting down in a pub with Carl, having a few drinks with him and listening to him chat about his life and the horses he has known (certainly not a bad thing).

Hester's life story is so improbable I'm not sure you could weave it into a convincing fictional tale (and as a fiction writer myself, I certainly wouldn't dare)--he was born into an unhorsey family (the child of a single mother), grew up on a remote island, took his first horse-related job at a therapeutic riding center...and finally make it to the Olympics. I loved reading about what life was like growing up on the island of Sark as well as his hilarious and self-depreciating anecdotes about the eventing, dressage, and general equestrian scene in Great Britain from the 1970s onward. His descriptions of the various horses and dressage tests he has ridden really make them come to life as if you are riding along with him.

My only tiny complaint (besides the somewhat rambling structure) is that I would have liked perhaps a bit more in the way of background details on some of the people--it's often taken for granted that the reader knows who he's talking about, without any introductory description, even for some of the more obscure personalities. And I wouldn't have minded a bit more detailed behind-the-scenes gossip but perhaps I'm just being greedy.
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Show-stoppingly brilliant!!! 5 décembre 2014
Par Catherine Gallegos - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
AWESOME autobiography!!! Who can make the sport of dressage sound thrilling? Olympic gold medalist Carl Hester can. Wow. Irreverent, steamy, edgy, hilarious, delightful. What a fun guy he is. I couldn't put it down - and wish it hadn't ended.
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