The first in a series of live events organised by the specialist international equestrian sports and lifestyle network Horse & Country TV, has been crowned a “roaring success.” A sell-out crowd and a host of equestrian and British Dressage celebrities flocked to the Bacon Theatre at Dean Close School in Cheltenham last Thursday for an evening with London 2012 Dressage Gold medallists Carl Hester MBE and Charlotte Dujardin OBE.
‘An Evening with Carl and Charlotte’ hosted by H&C TV presenter Jenny Rudall was a sell out and those lucky enough to bag a golden ticket and make the journey to the Bacon Theatre were not disappointed. The charismatic duo had the audience in fits of laughter one minute, with mouths open wide in amazement the next as they regaled them with their life stories and other anecdotes. The live event was complemented in the theatre by screens showing clips from H&C TV programming which has followed the duo’s progress since Charlotte first arrived at Carl’s yard in 2007.
Carl Hester MBE and Charlotte Dujardin OBE were both part of GB’s Gold medal winning Dressage team at the London 2012 Olympics. Charlotte Dujardin also won Gold in the Individual Dressage.
“Whether we are competing or sitting in a theatre it’s always a pleasure to be in front of a keen and enthusiastic audience, and Charlotte and I had a fantastic evening at the Bacon Theatre,” said Carl Hester MBE.
Charlotte Dujardin OBE added: “We were received so warmly by everyone and this definitely helps when Carl and I give insights into our journey. It’s a testament to London 2012 that there’s still such a buzz around the event nearly two years on. Winning gold was one of our proudest moments and something we never tire of talking about so we both thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the event and having the audience and our team there.”
Jonathan Rippon, Head of Programming at H&C TV added: “It was a fantastic evening, with two Olympic gold medallists, the tickets were like gold-dust and it’ll be television gold when it’s broadcast on H&C TV in June.”
“H&C TV is a well-established broadcast brand and our audience increasingly follows us online as well, but as a business we also want to embrace new opportunities that complement our existing range of activities,”
“An Evening with Carl and Charlotte” was H&C TV dipping its toe into the water of branded live events and it proved a roaring success, we couldn't have been happier. Carl and Charlotte have great chemistry and covered a huge amount of ground over the two-hour event with a few eyebrow raising revelations seeing the light of day! Everyone seemed to leave smiling so it was a great way to start off this new venture with what is the first of many of these type of events for H&C TV.”
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