Carl Hester's international come back after a one-year break has been postponed as the rider sustained an injury which keeps him from competing at the 2023 CDI Addington this weekend.
Hester last competed his Tokyo Olympic ride En Vogue at the CDI Keysoe in March 2022. The Dutch warmblood gelding injured himself and was ruled out for World Championship consideration. Hester briefly tried to qualify with KK Woodstock but ran out of time.
In January 2023 the 55-year old Brit returned to the national show ring aboard Fiona Bigwood's 13-year old Dutch warmblood Fame (by Bordeaux x Rhodium) and premiered the horse in a winning way in Hartpury.
Herster was supposed to ride Fame in the CDI Addington this week, but injured his foot in a slip and fall.
"I had a fall, not from a horse, and have damaged my foot, which has now swelled, meaning I can’t get my riding boot on,” Carl told Horse & Hound. “As it’s early in the season, I’m in no rush to get the horse out so have sadly decided to withdraw Fame from Addington. I’ll still be there to support the show and other riders competing and wish everyone the best of luck.”
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