Chester County’s Own Phillip Dutton Wins Eventing Bronze

Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice
Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice

The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio are well underway, and the Equestrian competition began this week with Eventing. This three-phase competition includes tests in dressage, cross-country jumping, and stadium jumping, requiring horses and riders to be versatile, obedient, athletic, and quick-thinking.

Phillip Dutton, a Chester County, PA resident, put in a lovely dressage test on his mount Mighty Nice, putting him near the top of the leaderboard after the first day of competition going into cross-country. The course was a daunting one, with complicated combinations that caused two other American riders – Clark Montgomery and Lauren Kieffer – to retire and have a fall, respectively. Phillip and Mighty Nice, however, completed a clear round with just a few time penalties, narrowly avoiding a jump penalty at a skinny obstacle thanks to Phillip’s skillful riding.

Mighty Nice and Phillip completed the show jumping portion of the event with just one rail down, leaving them with a score of 51.8, and earning them the individual bronze medal in eventing. This would be Dutton’s very first Olympic medal as an American citizen, with Rio being his sixth Olympic Games.

In addition to his impressive Olympic resume, you may also recognize Phillip Dutton from our video, extolling everything Eastern Pennsylvania has to offer equestrians. This hometown hero has certainly made us proud back home here in PA! If you’re looking to buy your own Olympic-caliber equestrian property, be sure to contact us today!

To support Olympic athletes like Phillip & Mighty Nice, visit the USET Foundation website: http://uset.org

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