Uthopia Reported Finally Sold

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Carl Hester and Uthopia at the Olympic Games in London. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Carl Hester and Uthopia at the Olympic Games in London. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

June 23, 2016

The sale of Uthopia, the horse ridden by Carl Hester for Great Britain to win Olympic team gold medal in 2012, was reported Thursday to have been completed a month after an auction at which the winning bid was £165,000 (US$244,000).

Wilsons Auctions was reported by Horse & Hound magazine to have completed the sale to the highest bidder at the auction but refused to disclose the identity. It also did not say whether the price to complete the sale was the same as the winning bid.

Throughout the process, the stallion has been stabled at Carl Hester’s equestrian center in Gloucestershire, England.

Carl had raised money in an unsuccessful bid to keep the horse in retirement at his farm where it has been based during its competition career before the owner became bankrupt and Uthopia became an asset of the trustees in bankruptcy.

He has made it known that he would seek to arrange with a new owner keeping the horse at his farm to insure he is well cared for.