The dressage community is shocked: Carl Hester’s Olympic horse Uthopia will be auctioned at a public auction on May, 27, so Horse & Hound reported. For years there have been speculations about the ownership of the horse, which came up again over the last months. Now it has become known that the black stallion will be sold by Tom Keenan and James Neill, trustees of the bankruptcy of Sasha Stuart, the horse’s owner and her father Derek Harrison. Over the last years rumours of Shasha Stuart’s difficult financial situation surfaced once and again. Therefore the uncertainty concerning the ownership consisted, which never was announced publicly. Due to this uncertainty the horse wasn’t allowed to be competed by Charlotte Dujardin(GBR) at the World Cup Final in Gothenburg. Over the years the horse had to stay on the island several times.
Now the Metall son will be auctioned off next to things like supercars, jewellery, and designer good by “Wilsons Auctions”. There will be no minimum price.
Richard Davison, who also competed at the 2012 Olympics in London has voiced concerns over the sale: “I’m concerned for the horse’s welfare. It’s a degrading way to sell a horse of this caliber. Over the last four years the horse has received ongoing veterinary care and regular therapy. Without the care and the knowledge I’m worried about Uthopia. I was told that he needs at least another year off and if that is the case then he should be retired. And there is only one home he should retire to: Carl’s.”