Carl has asked people not to donate to any fundraising pages or similar, as he says “we have hopefully arranged enough money through owners to keep Uthopia’s future secure”.
H&H reported on Friday that a GoFundMe page had been set up in an attempt to buy the London 2012 gold medal-winner, who is to be sold at auction on 27 May with no reserve, and it is believed that other similar pages have also been launched.
A GoFundMe page entitled “Keep Uthopia home with Carl Hester!” and started in America had raised 1,455 US dollars (£993) by today.
Other fans were using social media to pledge donations, to help Carl buy the 15-year-old stallion.
But on Saturday (30 April), Carl posted on Facebook: “I would just like to say how amazing it is that so many people have been in support for helping us keep Uthopia, the enthusiasm of the equestrian community is incredible!
“We have hopefully arranged enough money through owners to keep Uthopia’s future secure. So at this time, although everyone’s generosity is hugely appreciated, I would like to ask that all Go Fund Me and other fundraising pages are put on hold, please do not donate.
“I will keep everyone updated on any progress, but your support, kind words and love for Uti have truly amazed me.”
Anne-Marie Leadbeater commented on Carl’s status: “Carl, I think this has hopefully shown you just how much love and respect you have from the horse community and more… Keeping everything crossed that you are successful in securing Uti’s future.”
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Stefanie Reinhold, who created the GoFundMe page, wrote: “Thank you again for showing how the horse community cares – across borders! The campaign is now suspended. Please be assured that – should Carl not accept this gift – all donations will be refunded in bulk through GoFundMe.
“I cannot do this individually and I also do not have access to the funds as I named Carl Hester as the beneficiary. Thank you for your patience.”