Valegro and Carl Hester: Careers to End After Rio 2016

During the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Florida, Carl Hester disclosed to dressage-news.com that top dressage horse Valegro will  likely retire after the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016. At that time, the KWPN gelding will only be 14 years old. For two and a half years, British Charlotte Dujardin and the exceptional “Blueberry” now have been number one of the world ranking list. Should Valegro keep this form and win another Olympic title, after that his retirement would be the best option. However, Hester,Dujardin’s trainer, believes in an even better performance of the horse – he thinks a result of 90 percent in the Grand Prix could be possible. Currently, the record result of the pair is 87,460 percent. While Hester emphasized that Valegro anyway liked grazing in a meadow best and that he would enjoy his retirement at Hester’s yard, Hester also disclosed that he, too, thinks about ending his career as a rider. Hester will be 49 next year and he thinks it could be a good time to leave and face new challenges. However, so Hester tells, he could not say for sure if that really is going to happen in the end.