American rider Phillip Dutton and Truluck have taken the lead at the end of the first day of dressage at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. The Australian born rider and Olympic gold medallist who became an American Citizen in 2006 and his American-bred Thoroughbred scored 45.3. “Being in the lead is a bit of shock as it’s not usually where we are,” said Phillip who acquired Truluck from a student of his four years ago. “He has been a bit of a hard-luck story as he is a bit injury prone and therefore taken time but he is a quality horse.” Truluck was 10th at Rolex Kentucky his first four-star event. “He is still green and the test is quite hard for him and he can light up in an atmosphere therefore I purposefully contained him during the trot and prayed during the walk. But he is usually a good cross-country horse and I am hoping that he is more than up to the challenge. The course is a genuine four-star course.”
Leicestershire based British rider John-Paul Sheffield is just 1.2 penalties behind with Chris and Janet Badgers Crown Farm Consort – an 11-year-old by the Thoroughbred Long Leave. “He is a fairly experienced horse and the blustery conditions didn’t really affect him. He’s been round the course here two years ago and fairly reliable so I am hoping he will go well,” said John-Paul (JP).
Lunchtime leaders Kai Ruder and Leprince des Bois finished the day in third place just 0.2 penalties behind JP.
British Olympic rider Daisy Dick and her Barbury CIC three-star winner Spring Along are first into the arena tomorrow morning at 09.30.
US Rider Results
1st - Phillip Dutton/TruLuck - 45.3
6th - Karen O'Connor/Mandiba - 49.8
9th - Becky Holder/Courageous Comet - 53.3
14th - Missy Ransehousen/Critical Decision - 56.7
It has happened to all of us – you’re trotting into the arena and aren’t sure which way to turn at C, or you’re cantering around the corner in show jumping unsure of which fence is next. For riders with multiple horses, it can be even more difficult to remember what test to perform or which fence to head to on course.
How competitive have your Intermediate results been? What is a good final score? What is a good dressage score? How are the top placers scoring? As we continue this series on the USEA levels, EquiRatings offers some stats and graphs to help evaluate your Intermediate game.
Hot Trot’n Twister, a memorable name attached to an unforgettable horse. For the 13 years I had the privilege to know the small, paint mare, “Twist” left hoof prints on my heart far larger than her shoe size. At the age of 22, and still vibrant, beautiful, and wise, she was laid to rest in the hills of Hitching Post Farm in South Royalton, Vermont.
He has been to every World Equestrian Games and Olympic Games since 1994, he was brought home team and individual Olympic medals, and he has been a stalwart of both the Australian and American eventing teams - it's Phillip Dutton! On this episode of the Equiratings Eventing Podcast, show host Nicole Brown is joined by Dutton to discuss his rise to the top of the eventing world, his experiences with world championships, and where he sees the sport has been and where it's heading.