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Making it Happen: The Autobiography [Kindle Edition]

Carl Hester
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The lively memoirs of dressage rider and Olympic Gold medallist Carl Hester, with a foreword by Martin Clunes.

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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 Championships, and become one of the best riders - and horsemen - in the world.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9414 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1409147673
  • Publisher: Orion (8 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HW2EEAG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,210 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where's the pictures? 10 Jun 2014
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I am a great admirer of Carls, both as a rider and trainer. I love the care he takes of his horses, that each one is cared for a a special individual and particularly he fact they are looked after for life in so many cases. His writing is as though he is chatting to you, which is generally great, but occasionally it is easy to get a little confused with horses nicknames and the general huge cast of people involved. I bought the Kindle edition and I don't know if it is different to the book, but I would have loved to see some photos of horses and people. Names to faces works for me every time. however, I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in horses and dressage.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Amusing 5 Jun 2014
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A good read for anyone that knows Carl and has an interest in Dressage. Couldn't put it down. Very absorbing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put this book down 24 May 2014
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Great read and very entertaining. Lovely stories about some of the antics Carl got up to in his youth, the horses in his life and his well earned rise to stardom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A legend 23 May 2014
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An inspirational insight into Carl's life. Humble, witty and just a lovely person which comes across in this tale to glory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 12 July 2014
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Carl hester is a wonderful ambassador for dressage and such a wonderful journey he has had thoroughly good read hopefully a follow on book will follow when he gets gold at Mexico.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The subject is brilliant and very Interesting 9 July 2014
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The subject is brilliant and very Interesting, but Carl swaps conversations without u knowing therefore causing a little confusion. A little product placement about DVD sneaked in, must have been insisted upon by management - didn't like that!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 8 July 2014
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good
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, inspirational 4 July 2014
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brilliant,inspirational,and funny
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Really dissapointed! No personality, no story, no ...
Really dissapointed! No personality, no story, no athmosphere, no humor.... Or hardly any. Just a series of 'Then I did this, Them I did that, Then I won this. Then I won that. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Louise Plaun
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic, couldn't put it down
Published 8 days ago by samantha louise George
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
A fantastic insight to a incredible journey ! A fantastic rider combined with established and cared for horses , great inspiration!
Published 26 days ago by georgina Kilner
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
A throughly enjoyable read. If you love horses and Carl Hester, be prepared to find it hard to put this book down!
Published 28 days ago by J H
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring read
Carl's story is one of those 'hard to put down' books that is full of all his struggles and triumphs told in a very candid way. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I cried at the beginning and I cried at the end !
An inspirational book - I absolutely loved it
Published 1 month ago by suzie wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Not one of the worlds top equestrians. THE TOP
Fantastic story, just makes you love Carl more and more.
Also proves you don't need to come a monied background.
Published 1 month ago by Twinkle
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Very gossipy, very entertaining, an excellent book which really enjoyed. Now write another about your horses and training (including how you look after them).
Published 1 month ago by J. LLOYD
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