It was a long 14 minutes during the Wilson Auction this evening in Mallusk, Northern Ireland for the 5,000 fans of the equestrian sport who watched Horse & Hound’s live blog during the auction of Carl Hester’s Uthopia. Many fingers were crossed, and while jewellery and cars were sold after just a few minutes (even a Rolls Royce for 90,000 pounds was sold after two minutes), the bidding for Uthopia took 13-14 minutes. In the end the horse was auctioned off for 165,000 pounds. A man from the back rows purchased the 15-year-old KWPN for this sum. The horse was sold in the auction due to the bankruptcy of its owner. Over the last weeks Hester, who only wants “Uti” to be able to enjoy his retirement at home, tried to find enough donors to keep his Olympic horse at home. Until now the buyer of the horse is not yet known but considering the sales amount one can hope that Uthopia can stay in Gloucesterhire.