Carmen was born into a family of successful horse men and women. Carmen’s mother competed at the World Young Horse Championships whilst pregnant with Carmen placing 6th on a 7-year-old which Carmen’s father later took to the Sydney Olympics in 2000. This was the same horse that Carmen’s grandparents bred themselves. As well as this, Carmen’s uncle, Nick Skelton, is also a world-renowned show jumper.
The inspiration for Carmen has by his own admission, been a result of his family’s success and dedication to the sport.
Carmen started doing Junior competitions and then went on to bigger FEI shows including the Baltic tour, Oliva Nova, Valencia, Arezzo, San Giovanni, Samorin and Fontainebleau. Within such shows, he became the youngest person to win the Grade C National Championship.
The breeding, breaking and production of horses is now a passion for him as he focuses on international competitions. Alongside his brother, his aim is to produce horses that can take him up to similar standards to his mother, father and uncle.