British top rider Charlotte Dujardin will not defend her title at the World Cup Finals in Gothenburg this year. Uthopia, the horse with whom she qualified is again part of a legal dispute concerning its ownership.
As title defender, Charlotte Dujardin automatically qualified for this year’s final- the prerequisite is that she participates in two qualifying competitions with the horse. Dujardin competed Uthopia in London in December and in Amsterdam in January. According to Horse&Hound, now a legal dispute concerning the horse’s ownership takes place. Since the situation was highly controversial the spokesperson of British Dressage did not want to make further comments for the time being.
In the past already there was trouble concerning the KWPN stallion’s ownership. After the Olympic Games in London, Carl Hester could not ride the now 16-year-old horse for some time since he was not allowed to leave the island. A sale of the horse also was not possible.