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.
Since the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Program was founded in 2014, it has grown in popularity and participation each year. The USEA is excited to have 23 intercollegiate team challenges on the calendar in 2021 in addition to the 2021 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships, which will be held at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia on May 27-30.
In 2000 and with the support of Joan Iversen Goswell, the Worth the Trust Educational Scholarships were established to provide financial assistance to amateurs to pursue their education in eventing. The funds from the Worth the Trust Educational Scholarships may be used for training opportunities such as clinics, working student positions, and private or group instruction, or to learn from an official, course designer, technical delegate, judge, veterinarian, or organizer.
The Linda Moore Trophy was introduced in 1979 and awarded to the leading Young Rider in the country. After a strong showing during the 2020 season, 16-year-old Benjamin Noonan of Ballwin, Missouri was named the 2020 RevitaVet Young Rider of the Year.
The USEA is sorry to announce that there will be no USEA Educational Symposium held in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The USEA Educational Symposium is hosted annually each February as a week of learning for participants and auditors.