Carl Hester believes he has “arranged enough money through owners to keep Uthopia’s future secure.”
Last week, Wilsons Auctioneers announced that the stallion, who was Hester’s partner at the London 2012 Olympics, would be sold at auction without reserve by the trustees of two bankrupt estates. The news shocked dressage fans around the world, who took to social media to voice their dismay and try to find a solution to help keep Uthopia at Hester’s yard.
Hester posted an update on his Facebook page explaining that he thought he had secured sufficient funding to keep the stallion at his yard, and praising the enthusiasm of the equestrian community: “I would just like to say how amazing it is that so many people have been in support for helping us keep Uthopia.”
With a happy ending on the horizon, the dressage supremo has also asked people to close the many crowdfunding initiatives that had been launched in an attempt to help him raise money to keep Uthopia. “Although everyone’s generosity is hugely appreciated, I would like to ask that all Go Fund Me and other fundraising pages are put on hold,” he said in a statement. “Please do not donate.”
Hester has promised to keep fans updated on any progress: “Your support, kind words and love for Uti have truly amazed me.”