At the London 2012 Olympic Games, Carl Hester was one of the team that won the gold medal for Team Dressage, on his horse Uthopia; he was one of ten openly gay or lesbian competitors to win medals.
Carl Hester was ranked number 5 in the Pink List 2012.
- http://www.glbtq.com/arts/olympic_equestrians,3.html GLBTQ Encyclopaedia, "Olympic Equestrians" (Page 3)
- http://www.carlhester.co.uk Carl Hester's website
- http://www.thehorseexchange.com/news-desk/?m=200905&paged=2Carl The Horse Exchange, 12 May 2009. "Spencer is GAY and was the partner of Carl Hester but now has a new partner namely Jay Halim who excels at dressage, eventing and show jumping."
- http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/nearly-half-openly-gay-athletes-win-medals-olympics120812 GayStar News article