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Carl Hester rules out selling Valegro

Theresa McCaffrey

Valegro was one of the stars of the London 2012 Olympic Games and it now seems that he will remain on UK soil.

Valegro, the five-times gold medal-winning dressage horse, will stay in the country, according to Carl Hester. There had been rumours that Valegro could be sold with a number of "huge offers" coming in from all over the world but Hester is now looking to set up a syndicate which will help to cover the cost of keeping the horse.

Speaking to Horse and Country, Hester revealed that he has never been interested in selling Valegro, who he owns with Roly Luard, despite interest from a number of different sources. The news provider reported that there had been an attempted syndicate set up in January from a dressage fan who was looking to purchase the horse but it was something that did not interest Hester and Luard.

Hester believes that this syndicate will be much different and put the future of Valegro with a small number of dedicated professionals. He told the news provider: "We are leaving it in the hands of the pros and they are looking at best way of forming a small syndicate that would benefit us all.”

“It’s not an investment opportunity as we are not selling Valegro, but it’s for someone that wants to be part of owning him and seeing through Rio and the rest of his career. He’s already won five golds at age 12 and has hopefully got another five or six years in top competition.”

Valegro was thrust into the public eye during the historic performances at Olympia in July 2012. Rider on that day, Charlotte Dujardin wowed crowds with an impressive dressage routine to 'Blueberry and I will stay together forever' which helped to claim the gold for Team GB.