Rutledge Farm is thrilled to welcome back two-time Olympic gold medalist Phillip Dutton to host his second eventing clinic as a part of the Rutledge Farm Sessions clinic series. Since 2017, Rutledge Farm has been dedicated to bringing premier educational opportunities to Middleburg, Virginia to support the development of the sport at all levels and for multiple disciplines, including eventing, show jumping, dressage, and equitation.
Dutton earned back-to-back Olympic gold medals for Australia's eventing team in 1996 during the Games in Atlanta, Georgia and again in 2000 in Sydney, Australia. After changing his competitive nationality to the United States in 2006, he was a member of the gold medal eventing team at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio De Janeiro and rode to the individual silver medal. In 2016, he was awarded the individual bronze medal for U.S. Eventing Team at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics riding Mighty Nice.
His clinic will take place Saturday, October 26, offering rider spots for five different sections, from the six different levels, including Advanced/Intermediate, Preliminary, Training, Novice, Beginner Novice, and Beginner. Each session will start with 15-20 minutes of flatwork, followed by over fences work adjusted to the appropriate height for each level. The sessions will culminate in cross-country, competition-style lines and coursework set in the grass field.
Autumn Rae, a participant from the 2018 clinic, commented, "I thought Phillip Dutton was super positive and had some really good exercises to get the horses either shortening or lengthening, so it was really useful. He was very systematic in what he was doing. Sometimes it can be hard to take a clinic with someone who doesn't know you and your horse, but he seemed to size it up really well and really quickly and do very appropriate exercises."
Rider spots are available at a first-come, first-served basis and will sell out soon! Reserve your spot to ride with Dutton today. Auditors are welcomed and encouraged to attend, and day passes are available for just $20. An exclusive discount offer is also available to USEA members using the code DUTTONRF20 at this link. For more information about how to register as a rider or an auditor, visit https://bit.ly/duttonrutledge19.
Following yesterday’s downpour, the temperatures for the final jog this morning were brisk but the CCI5*-L horses remained professional for the last horse inspection leading into show jumping later today. Of the 35 pairs set to move forward with the final phase of competition, only 34 presented to judges Angela Tucker (GBR), Martin Plewa (GER), and Mark Weissbecker after Lisa Marie Fergusson opted not to bring forward her own 15-year-old Welsh/Thoroughbred gelding (Brynarian Brennin x Dream Contessa) Honor Me.
After a jam-packed week, the final day of competition at the Maryland 5 Star is upon us. Riders have shown off their style in the horse inspection, danced their way down the centerline in dressage, and contested some serious obstacles in cross-country up until this point. Now it's time to demonstrate the fitness and accuracy that each horse possesses in the final phase: show jumping.
It was a great day of cross-country riding at the Maryland 5 Star. There were 35 horses who crossed the finish and 11 of those finished double clear. With British, French, New Zealand, Canadian, and American riders coming through the finish flags – it was a true world class competition. The USEA was at the finish to see what the riders thought of the very first Maryland 5 Star cross-country track designed by Ian Stark.
Weren’t able to spend your morning glued to the livestream of the 2021 Maryland 5 Star cross-country? Couldn’t be there in person to trek up the hills? We have you covered with a play-by-play of what happened on Ian Stark’s cross-country course which gave both the designer and the riders many sleepless nights, but ended up riding quite well for the majority of the field.