The gay dressage rider for Great Britain completed his Olympic medal trifecta with the bronze, having earned gold in the 2012 Games and then silver in Rio. His horse this time around is a 12-year-old gelding named En Vogue.
“That was cool,” Hester said of his ride. “I had a great balance with En Vogue, and I feel he came here as a boy and he went in there like a man. It still feels like he is one of the best horses you could ever sit on. He is amazing.”
The other riders for Great Britain were Charlotte Fry and Charlotte Dujardin.
It’s the sixth Olympic Games for Hester, who at 54 is one of the oldest competitors at the Tokyo Olympics.
Other out LGBTQ riders also did very well. Catherine Dufour placed fourth with Denmark, and husbands Edward Gal and Has Peter Minderhoud finished fifth with Netherlands.
While the United States won a silver medal, reserve rider Nick Wagman did not compete. Wagman’s horse, Don John, sustained a minor injury after arriving in Tokyo, and unfortunately Wagman never got the chance to ride.
Germany won the team dressage gold.