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Carl Hester’s Olympic, world and European medal winning Nip Tuck is making a comeback at the CDI3* at Keysoe (GBR). The 15-year-old gelding by Don Ruto x Animo, known as ‘Barney’, has not been out to competitions since his individual fourth place at the 2017 European championships at Gothenburg, Sweden, but Hester reports the big gelding is in absolute top form; “He is feeling incredible well, hot as hell, and I am really looking forward to competing him again. Since Gothenburg he gave him a break and his owner, Jane de la Mare, has been riding him and having fun with him.” Under Carl Hester the ‘spooky’ bay gelding had been a fixture on the British team over the past years, helping the team to medal positions at the 2014 WEG in Caen, the 2015 European championships at Aachen and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The pair also came third at the 2017 FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final in Omaha. “From a team perspective Hawtins Delicato is the strongest contender for this season, but Barney will stay here. I can aim him at a team place as a reserve horse if needed. I really want to have some fun with him this year and aim him at the 2020 FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final in Las Vegas,” Hester said.

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