Carl Hester Dressage Clinic Report, in Memes

Ain’t nobody got time for 15 pages of scribbled notes, so Aussie blogger Carrot Top reassembled them à la the internet’s most beloved literary genre, the meme.

From Carrot Top:

Waaaay back in November 2013, Carl Hester gave a three-hour dressage clinic at Equitana Sydney. I was there, pen and notebook in hand, to soak up some training goodness from the Olympic gold medalist.

I don’t know how he can spend three straight hours being so non-stop amazing. I could barely sit still for the whole thing (although that had a lot to do with my very full bladder. I couldn’t miss even a minute for something as pedestrian as a toilet break, so it got pre-tty uncomfortable towards the end there).

I took 15 pages of scribbled notes. It was very tempting to just scan them and send them to Wylie for you good HN readers to decipher for yourselves… (Editor’s Note: Thanks for not doing that, Carrot Top.)


…but I’m sure most of you are reading this on snatches of work time, so I’ve picked the eyes of it and present here in a user friendly format. Please note everything is paraphrased from my often illegible notes, so any error is mine and not the great Hester’s!







Go Dressage, and Go Horse Nation!

Carrot Top is a photo shy Australian who likes horses, riding of all disciplines, and colourful mis-matched socks. She and her mother each own 1 ½ horses (one cheeky young gelding, one wise older mare and another mare who frequently disproves the “crazy chestnut mare” stereotype). When Carrot Top’s family, friends, colleagues, strangers she meets on buses etc. have all tired of hearing about her horses, she turns to her blog Little Bay Horse. She was a horse-less horse-mad girl all through childhood, got her first horse at age 21 and has been making up for lost time ever since.

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