Carl Hester and Uthopia withdraw from Hagen

Carl Hester and Uthopia withdraw from Hagen

Carl Hester has decided to withdraw Uthopia from Hagen CDI4* in Germany this week.  The 11 year old dark bay stallion, owned by Carl and Sasha Stewart, lost a shoe in the field on Friday (20 April).  After a visit from World Class Programme farrier Hayden Price, the decision was made  that he will not be fit enough to travel and compete. 

Carl commented; “It’s obviously disappointing but isn’t anything major.  Another 48 hours and it might have been different but it’s not a risk worth taking.  I’ll now work with the Selectors to re-jig his competition schedule but I may look at taking him to the Addington Premier League show next week.  We’ll see how well he responds to poulticing and then when Hayden puts the shoe back on we’ll make a decision from there.”

The remaining members of the British contingent; Charlotte Dujardin (Valegro), Laura Bechtolsheimer (Mistral Hojris and Andretti H), Emile Faurie (Elmgardens Marquis), Henriette Andersen (Louis D’or) and Judy Harvey (Fitzcerraldo) will arrive in Hagen on Tuesday ahead of the competition beginning on Friday 27 April.