Excellent news from Carl Hester: Uthopia will be able to remain at his yard.
“I can now confirm that Uthopia has been secured and will stay at home where he’s much loved,” Hester wrote earlier today on his Facebook page. “those involved wish to remain anonymous and I hope everyone will respect that. Suffice to say that I am enormously grateful to them.”
The Dutch warmblood stallion, by Metall out of Odelia, was sold by auction on May 27 by Wilsons Auctioneers on behalf of the trustees of two bankrupt estates.
When the sale was announced at the end of April, dressage fans rallied around Hester, who worked tirelessly to secure funding to buy his London Olympics partner. At the auction, however, the Olympic team-gold medallist was outbid and Uthopia was sold to an anonymous buyer for £165,000.
Hester vowed to keep trying to secure the stallion’s future at his yard—and has now succeeded.
The Gloucestershire-based champion had words of praise for the fans that supported him throughout this difficult time. “It has been overwhelming to know so many people care.” He called today “a very happy ending to a stressful time and will make my birthday celebrations tomorrow extra-special.”