The long-running saga of the ownership of the London Olympic gold medal winning horse Uthopia has been resolved.
The horse will remain with his long-time rider Carl Hester at his Gloucestershire base.
“Apologies for the long wait, but it has been worth it,” said Carl. “I can now confirm that Uthopia has been secured and will stay at home where he is much loved.
“Those involved [in the purchase] wish to remain anonymous and I hope everyone will respect that; suffice to say I am enormously grateful to them.”
The sale has attracted huge worldwide interest, with fans clamoring to know who the new owner was after the auction in Northern Ireland on Friday 27 May through Wilsons Auctions.
Carl added: “Thank you all for your support, it has been overwhelming to know so many people care.
“[This is] a very happy ending to a stressful time and will make by birthday celebrations tomorrow extra special!”
The horse was sold for £165,000 but the bidder does not wish to reveal their identity.
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In a recent statement from the auction house, they confirmed the “the sale of Uthopia has now been completed”.
“The highest bidder on the night and new owner of Uthopia, does not wish to be identified at this time.
“We wish Uthopia and his new owner all the very best for the future. Uthopia has resided at his usual stable yard throughout this entire process.”
Fans of the charismatic 15-year-old son of Metall will be delighted that he is to remain on British soil.