JUST IMAGINE for one minute that everyone’s Christmas fantasy to ride Valegro could come true — like it did for Carl Hester’s goddaughter Ruby.
When Carl Hester is your godfather, Christmas presents come in the form of dressage lessons on double Olympic champion Valegro. This video of Ruby Hughes, daughter of international dressage riders Gareth and Rebecca Hughes, riding Valegro will absolutely put you in the Christmas spirit.
“Christmas really is about giving,” Carl said. “I was so happy to give my 11-year-old goddaughter Ruby an early birthday gift of a lesson on the one and only Valegro.”
“Blueberry” retired from competition in 2016 and at 16 years old still remains in regular work. It’s wonderful to see one of the greatest dressage horses of all time looking so spritely and happy in teaching the next generation.
Be sure to follow Carl Hester on Instagram for more photos of Valegro enjoying his retirement. What a special horse indeed!