Carl Hester’s Liebling II Has Passed Away

The former top horse of British dressage rider Carl Hester has passed away at age 21. The Holsteiner gelding, who was introduced to the international sport by Anna Ross Davies in 2007 and took part at the 2007 European Championships was sold to Hester in 2008.  He and Liebling won team silver at the European Championships in 2009.  One year later the horse was sold to Canadian Cheryl Meisner. When she did not qualify for the World Equestrian Games Liebling went back to Hester. They were part of the team at the WEG and won silver. In 2011, Yvonne Losos de Muniz tried to qualify for the Olympic Games with the Holsteiner, but the rider from the Dominican Republic also missed her target. And again Liebling went back to Great Britain. In 2012 came to Jonna Schelstraete as a schoolmaster.
In 2014 Hester brought the then 17-year-old gelding back to his stable so he could enjoy his retirement there. “I felt privileged to win my first medal with him,” so Hester wrote on Facebook ” It is sad that we had to say goodbye.”