A few days ago the UK’s New Years Honours were announced. Today New Zealand have just announced their New Year Honours. Mark Todd has been knighted for his services to Eventing and so will be known as Sir Mark Todd.
I congratulate Mark Todd because he has made an enormous contribution to Eventing but surely there should be some consistency in awarding Knighthoods by different countries. If Mark Todd has earned a knighthood then Carl Hester must also have earned a knighthood.
Carl competed at the Olympics and was part of gold medal winning team but in addition to this he trained Charlotte Dujardin who won team and individual gold medals. Further justification is the fact that Uthopia and Valegro, ridden by himself and Charlotte at the Olympics were spotted by Carl as youngsters who had potential for the Olympics. He and Charlotte trained them to be gold medal winning horses.
Carl has made an enormous contribution to dressage and was critical to the dressage successes at the Olympics and I believe that this justifies a knighthood.