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Podium finish for Carl Hester at World Cup dressage final

The British rider was third in Omaha on his Rio Olympics ride Nip Tuck.

Podium finish for Carl Hester at World Cup dressage final

Great Britain’s Carl Hester has finished third at the FEI World Cup dressage final in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Gloucestershire-based rider, making his first World Cup final appearance since 2005, posted a freestyle score of 83.757 per cent aboard his Rio Olympics ride Nip Tuck, whose stable name is Barney, to complete the podium places behind winner Isabell Werth and runner-up Laura Graves.

“I think he gave his maximum,” Hester said, of Nip Tuck. “So I can’t be disappointed when he did his absolute best.”

There was no stopping Werth, whose score of 90.784 per cent with Weihegold gave her an emphatic victory over American Graves, riding Verdades.

It was German star Werth’s third World Cup final victory, and she said: “It’s special to win again after 10 years, to come back with a different kind of horse and after a really great season.”