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The Foreman Hangs on to his Lead and Gives Dutton First Win Under
American Flag in the National CCI*** Eventing Championships at Fair Hill
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October 21, 2007
By Joanie Morris
Elkton, MD - The competition continued on Sunday as numerous USEF
National Championships were up for grabs at the Fair Hill International
CCI***. Phillip Dutton won for the fourth time, but this was the first
time that the U.S. national anthem was played in his honor. Riding The
Foreman, an 11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding owned by Ann Jones, Dutton
won the USEF National Eventing Championships on a score of 46.4 adding
one rail to his dressage score.
"I knew he could win it," said Dutton, who lives locally in West Grove,
PA. "Obviously you are never quite sure. He's a class horse and this
field isn't of the same experience that he is so I was hoping he could
Dutton has produced The Foreman since he came from the racetrack and
"Chip" was second at two CCI***s in 2005 but has missed a lot of time
over the last two years with minor injuries.
"He is really, really short on match practice so couldn't be happier
with him," said Dutton after a performance that qualified the horse for
next summer's Olympics.
Dutton's win was not without drama. The Foreman, who also won Fair Hill
International in 2004, was sent to the holding box for reevaluation
during the first horse inspection.
"I thought he trotted very well out of the holding box," said Dutton.
"Obviously the first time he took some bad steps but I would have been
very surprised if they hadn't let him come through after the way he
trotted the second time. So I was surprised that it took them what felt
like 20 minutes to come through."
Dutton was also third on Woodburn. The New Zealand Thoroughbred, owned
by Acorn Hill Farm was very impressive in his first attempt at a CCI***.
"He's an incredible horse and this is maybe his third or fourth event
with me," said Dutton. "I think he has the makings on the flat and on
the cross country. He was careful today and a bit aggressive which made
him hard for me to ride. But I think he will really learn from this and
he will have a break but I think he's up to Kentucky next year. He
gallops really well."
Splitting Dutton's pair was his assistant/student Boyd Martin, who
arrived over the winter from Australia to set up base in at Dutton's
True Prospect Farm. Martin's pair of Australian Thoroughbreds Ying Yang
Yo (a 10-year-old) and Neville Bardos (who is 8) ended up second and
"He's a bit long and floppy he was a bit tired as well today," said
Martin about Ying Yang Yo who had one rail down to finish on 50.5, good
enough for second. "He wasn't as fit or as excited as the other one. But
back in Australia he was having three or four rails down so working with
Phillip, he had one or goes clear. He's not very old so I'm thinking
with a bit more training he should be even better."
Neville Bardos and Woodburn were the only two horses to finish on their
dressage scores and Martin thinks that his horse has a big future.
"I was real happy with the way he jumped," said Martin about the
energetic chestnut. "He jumped his heart out. He didn't even feel like
he did the cross country yesterday. He's a four-star horse for sure,
he'll do it easy. It's just a matter of getting his flatwork."
Martin was pleased with his horses' weekend, and knew that beating
Dutton would be a tall order.
"It's always nice to win," he said. "I couldn't have gone much better
myself and I think there's no question that The Foreman was the best
horse. He had a fantastic dressage, an under time cross country and was
unlucky to have one down today. There is no question he was the best
horse in the competition and he deserved to win. If you're getting close
to The Foreman and Phillip you are doing pretty well."
Karen O'Connor was the second highest placed American finishing fifth
behind the Dutton/Martin quartet. Hugh Knows, who was purchased during
the weekend from Katherine Bruenig by Jackie Mars, O'Connor's longtime
supporter, belied expectations and jumped an immaculate show jumping
round - stepping around the course.
"I am over the moon," said O'Connor, who is the Individual and Team Gold
medalist from this summer's Pan American Games. "He is everything I
expected him to be and a hundred times more. He went through the weekend
like a star. Ms. Mars is delighted."
Sadly, O'Connor's other ride, Mandiba - who lay fifth after the cross
country - hit himself while spooking at the horse inspection and was
not accepted by the Ground Jury.
Laine Ashker from Crozier, VA picked up two awards on the weekend with
her New Zealand-bred gelding Frodo Baggins. She finished seventh overall
and was the leading under 25 rider and was the leading owner/rider, both
Championships awarded by the USEF.
"It was my first double clean show jumping round that I have had at the
Advanced level with him," said Ashker on Sunday afternoon. "I'd have
clean jumping and not within the time or clean in the time but with a
rail down we just put it all together today."
I always believed in him but other people didn't so much. He's always
been a work in progress. Ever since this year getting help from Buck
(Davidson) and Kim (Severson) on the flat everyone is starting to come
around and say he's good enough on the flat. He's always been a fabulous
cross-country horse and the show jumping was the last thing to come
around. I've been working on it so hard and doing local shows and
getting myself acclimated to the ring - it worked."
Kelly Sult, who was eighth overall, won the USET Markham Trophy for
being the leading young rider. In her first CCI*** she jumped from 41st
after the dressage into the top 10 with Hollywood.
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