It was announced in April that Olympic champion Uthopia, ridden by Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin, would be sold through auction with no reserve on May 27, 2016.
Soon after, it was reported that Hester was working to secure funding to purchase the 15-year-old KWPN stallion.
A statement was issued today, June 28, 2016, by British Dressage on behalf of Carl Hester, confirming that Uthopia will remain with Hester. It reads:
Carl Hester MBE is delighted to confirm that Uthopia has been secured to stay in his yard with his team. The 15-year-old stallion was purchased by an unknown buyer on May 27th at Wilsons Auctions in Northern Ireland following the dispute over the horse’s ownership. Since then, negotiations have taken place and the horse has now been purchased on Carl’s behalf by a supporter who wishes to remain anonymous.
Carl commented: “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. 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 is a happy ending and will make my birthday celebrations this year extra special!”