Hester’s hopes realised as Uthopia back in the fold

The judges watch as Carl Hester and Uthopia perform their test.
Olympic judges watch as Carl Hester and Uthopia perform their test at Greenwich Park, helping Great Britain to team dressage gold. © London 2012

Uthopia will stay with Carl Hester following the horse’s high-profile auction last month after a bankruptcy case.

An unknown buyer bought Uthopia at auction in Ireland on May 27 for £165,000, but following negotiations after that, the horse was bought on Carl Hester’s behalf by a supporter who wishes to remain anonymous.

British dressage team member Carl Hester and Uthopia.
Carl Hester and Uthopia.

Hester, who rode Uthopia to dressage team gold at the London 2012 Olympics, was thrilled with the outcome. Hester is among a dozen British dressage riders nominated for Rio 2016.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better early birthday present – this is the best news and the team are all very happy now we know ‘Uti’ is staying at home,” Hester said.

“It’s been a stressful time but I must thank the parties concerned in getting to this outcome, all have been professional and made it exceptionally easy. Those involved wish to remain anonymous and I hope that everyone can respect that but they have my extreme gratitude.

“I must also thank all the supporters of British dressage for their good wishes and encouragement, it’s meant a lot to me and my team. This a happy ending and will make my birthday celebrations this year extra special!”

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