Carl Hester is a British dressage rider and trainer. He is a four-time Olympian, winning team gold at the 2012 London Olympics and individual bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He is also a two-time World Equestrian Games medalist, winning team bronze in 2006 and individual bronze in 2014.
Nip Tuck is a 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Don Ruto out of Irean. He was bred by Stal Hendrix in the Netherlands. Nip Tuck was originally competed by Dutch rider Adelinde Cornelissen. He was purchased by Carl Hester in 2012.
Hester and Nip Tuck have had a successful partnership, winning numerous Grand Prix competitions together. They were members of the British team that won team gold at the 2012 London Olympics. They also finished in fourth place in the individual competition.
Nip Tuck is a popular horse among fans and fellow riders. He is known for his big personality and his willingness to try new things. He is also known for his beautiful movements.
Hester and Nip Tuck retired from competition in 2019. They continue to be active in the dressage world, competing in lower-level competitions and giving clinics.
In an interview with The Horse Magazine, Hester said of Nip Tuck:
"He's one of my most favorite horses I've ever ridden in my life, and I really look forward to riding him all the time. I just love the generosity of the horse… He's got a long back, his hind legs were naturally always out, he didn't really have a walk because he was so tight, he didn't really have a canter because he was so tense and always trying to run off – and his trot had to be developed. But he's just a really, really special horse."