Uthopia’s new owner is a mystery but Carl Hester keeps hope alive

The future of Uthopia, Carl Hester’s London Olympic partner, is still uncertain. The Dutch warmblood stallion, by Metall out of Odelia, was sold for £165,000 on May 27 by Wilsons Auctioneers on behalf of the trustees of two bankrupt estates. News that Uthopia would be auctioned off first emerged at the end of April, dismaying […]

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21 signs your horse has taken over your life

1. Your horse looks immaculate. He’s been fed, his box mucked out, and he’s out in the field, contentedly munching. You, however, have been up since 5.30am, your hair is scraped into a Croydon facelift, you’re wearing pyjamas with a fleece and yard boots, and you haven’t even had coffee yet. Embed from Getty Images […]

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Has the Air Force Blue bubble burst?

What are we going to do about Air Force Blue? Air Force Blue and Joseph O’Brien at Curragh racecourse last September, embed from Getty Images Last season’s two-year-old champion emerged from the winter with the equine and bloodstock world at his feet. Stunningly impressive in the National Stakes last September, he was the blue-eyed boy […]

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Rosie van Cutsem reveals how to look good in the saddle

“Check your ears for mud,” Rosie van Cutsem states firmly. “My mother told me that the first time I went hunting in Ireland, and she’s quite right. It’s extraordinary how mud gets everywhere, and if you’re going straight from the saddle to a dancefloor you don’t want to take half an Irish bog with you!” […]

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