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  1. Carl Hester says Uthopia’s future should be secure

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    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.”

    Image: Carl Hester and Uthopia at Hickstead by Judy Sharrock via Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0

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  2. Carl Hester takes the Olympia freestyle title

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    Carl Hester added one of the dressage titles missing from his enviable collection when he won the Reem Acra FEI World Cup freestyle class at Olympia.

    Hester, a mainstay of British teams for several years, has collected several major championship medals, highlighted by team gold at London 2012.

    He has also won more national competitions than any other British rider, but the London International Horse Show’s headline dressage class had always eluded him.

    It had also become the property of his Great Britain team-mate Charlotte Dujardin and the brilliant Valegro in recent times, but that all changed as Hester collected a £10,000 winner’s purse on his likely 2016 Rio Olympics horse Nip Tuck.

    Hester’s score of 83.750 per cent aboard Nip Tuck was enough to pip Dujardin and the stallion Uthopia into second place on 82.550 per cent, while Holland’s Hans Peter Minderhoud and Glock’s Flirt finished third and young British prospect Lara Griffith fourth.

    It meant that Hester avenged Tuesday night’s grand prix result, when he finished second behind Dujardin, whose Olympic, world and European champion Valegro is being prepared for Rio — where he will defend the Olympic individual title — and was rested from Olympia this year.

    Showjumping action now takes centre-stage at Olympia, with Britain’s world number one Scott Brash leading a star-studded field that also features fellow star names like Ben Maher, Michael Whitaker, Jessica Mendoza, Bertram Allen, Simon Delstre, Ludger Beerbaum. Kevin Staut and Marcus Ehning.

    Image: Carl Hester riding Nip Tuck at Olympia, by Kit Houghton, courtesy of the Olympia horse show

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