Statement: Issued by British Dressage on behalf of Carl Hester MBE

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 27th May 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 a happy ending and will make my birthday celebrations this year extra special!”