Letter from Clinic participant, Julie Pifer

Moving Forward with Phillip Dutton by:  Julie Pifer
As this year's event season comes to a close, we all strive for that perfect ending especialy when this year most of us had to battle early heat waves, hurricanes, tornados and even an earthquake.  I even had to scratch from my last event due to a snow storm in October.  We all have many interesting stories to tell this year, like my grandfather accidentally drowning our truck in our pond the day of Plantation Horse Trials in June.  Well, thanks to Phillip Dutton and the clinic I attended this past week-end November 11-12 at True Prospect Farm, we had the perfect ending to our years story.  We began Saturday morning with dressage exercises immediately followed by stadium jumping exercises.  The riders were all given tips on riding more effectively and improving the exercise at hand. Lunch was provided both days by Karen Rubin the clinic organizer and Phillip Dutton.  Martin Collins, Phillip's footing expert (which was fantastic by the way) gave a talk about the footing and also sponsored the wine and cheese reception Saturday night.  We were even given the chance to sit in the new saddles Dutton and Zabala-Goetschel designed.  These unique lightweight saddles, which are currently available in dressage, show jumping and cross country models, focusing on the comfort of horse and rider as well as the proper balance and fit to help riders improve their position.  They were so nice.  Sunday we were treated to schooling the plethora of cross-country fences at True Prospect.  Phillip has a wonderful variety of fences and even though the weather was a bit brisk, we were challenged to effectively ride courses to the best of our abilities.  I was very pleased with my horse's performance and at the end of the clinic Phillip gave us all recommendations to improve.  Mine was to ride my horse more forward and let the fences back her off instead of holding her back so much.  I look forward to next season's first outing, and would like to thank Phillip for taking the time and giving us all something to ride forward to.

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Fair Hill

What an exciting finish at Fair Hill on Sunday with two great eventing stories playing out it was certainly emotional.  It was great to see Jan Byyny and Inmidair finish so well and I know disappointing to her that she had two rails.  But what an amazing achievement for her to come back from such a bad accident and to finish 3rd!  Everyone knows what an awful year it has been for Boyd, so for him to win on Ying Yang Yo (Thomas), the horse that he first brought over to the US, is incredible.  We are so very happy for Boyd, Silva and their wonderful team.
Yet again, Fair Hill was a bit soggy.  Luckily the sun shone on Saturday and the course dried up substantially.  It was still hard work for most of the three star horses with only two making the time.  Phillip was very pleased with both his rides in the three star, Ben and William Penn.  It was Ben's first 3 star and he jumped around in great form with time penalties.  One down in the showjumping on Sunday was costly, but he ended up a credible 13th.  William Penn receives the most improved award in my book.  He did a super test on Friday, with just a few small mistakes, jumped the course well on Saturday, again with some time faults and jumped a beautiful clear round on Sunday.  He jumped so big that Phillip was nearly jumped out of the tack!  Thankfully he held on and William Penn ended up 5th! 
Phillip is off to Guadalajara to coach Ronald Zabala, who represents Ecuador.  Hopefully, he will be full of news from the Pan American Games when he gets back.   Good Luck to our US Team and to Team Ecuador!


Rain at Morven and other things

It has been a busy few weeks for the True Prospect Farm crew.  Our local Plantation event was a big success.  I surprisingly had a free weekend after that and was able to regroup some.  Evie organized a Paperchase as a fundraiser for Mary and Olivia's school and I was able to ride with Olivia in that.
I just returned from a very wet and cold Morven Park.  Unfortunately, because of the rain there were a lot of withdrawls.  Ben and William Penn did dressage and showjumping and then stopped for a gallop on the way home at Michael Dickenson's beautiful Tapeta track.  They are both headed for the three star at Fair Hill.  I did run Young Man in the OI and he went well and is headed to the two star at Fair Hill.  Augie Vettorino's Gran Banks went well on the cross country in the Intermediate and is showing nice potential for the future.  I did not run Fernhill Fugitive on the cross country as it was his first Intermediate start and because it was so wet, decided it would be better to give him nicer conditions for cross country.
Next weekend is Maryland Horse Trials and then it is countdown to Fair Hill!


Plantation Field International and more

It's been a hectic few weeks.  After returning from Richland Park, I flew to the UK to meet up with Emma and Happy for Blenheim Three Star.  Overall the Blenheim trip was very successful and rewarding.  Our "little" 7 year old Happy has come a long way in a short time.  Let's hope the improvement keeps going.  For those that followed Evie's blog posts, it truly is an honor to compete at these venues in England.  They are so beautiful and steeped in tradition.
Once back, we then had preparations for the our local horse trials - Plantation Field.  Evie is much more involved in the work than I am, and those that volunteer and organize our events know there is so much effort that goes into pulling off a successful event.  It's very rewarding to see now the event coming into its own with many local spectators getting to watch our sport up close.  The hightlight of the whole weekend had to be our Jennie Brannigan clearing the 6'2'' puissance wall bareback!
I was pleased with my horses.  Ben and Penn both went well.  I didn't try to go quick on cross country and they finished respectfully in 6th and 8th place.  The King's Spirit did her first Advanced for some time and did it very easily and finished 2nd.  Augie Vettorino's Gran Banks did his first Intermediate pretty well and was placed and my new star, Furnhill Fugitive won his prelim division.
The most stressful time for Evie and I, was watching Lee Lee do her first ever Intermediate on Model Cadet.  She rode very sensibly and Cadet stepped up and had a great round.  To round off a great weekend, Mary and Olivia had fun in the kids on foot jumping at the Friday night party.
We have a horse trial free weekend this weekend coming up, which is rare, so Evie is running a Paperchaser fundraiser for Mary and Olivia's school (Upland Country Day School).  Then I head to Morven Park.


Lee Lee at Plantation

Can't say how proud Phillip and I are of our girl Lee Lee and her super little horse, Cadet, completing their first Intermediate at Plantation today!


Fwd: 250 horses and 100% perfect weather.....pure bliss!

This weekend is the 4th running of the Plantstion Field
Horse Trials and CIC.  It is a great local event
With lots to do for everyone, from watching the
Competitors, shopping in the Vendor Village and fin kids activities
In our kids korner.  Not only will True Prospect Farm have 
Multiple horse and riders there, our own Lee Lee Jones will
Be doing hers and her horse, Midel Cadet's first
Intermediate!  All my fingers and toes will be crossed.  Lee Lee and 
Cadet looked ready today in their jump school
With Phillip.  Come on out if you can or check
Back here for more news!

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FRIDAY - - - The International (CIC) divisions do DRESSAGE in the beautiful new Main Arena - - Approx time are - CIC 2* = 8:00am - 11:45am CIC 1* 12:35pm - 4:45pm and the highest level of the weekend is CIC 3* and these top horses and riders go at approximately 12:38pm - 4:40pm friday @ NOON! NUNN FINER CIC*** cross country COURSE WALK WITH SHARON WHITE CIC* cross country COURSE WALK WITH MOLLY ROSIN ! meet at NUNN FINER START BOX - - NOON! *****NOTE TO SPONSORS/VIP/BADGEHOLDERS/CIC RIDERS & OWNERS- - starting 8 am - Starbucks Coffee and Danish available for you at Stillman Volvo Sponsor Tent. No Lunch Served this day. Cookout Kickoff party starts at 5:30 at the Stillman Volvo Tent! Casual!

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Show Jumping

The US contingent did our country proud today. 4 horses in the top 12 with only one rail in all. Tiana had a great weekend to come a well deserved 2nd, Clark Montgomery jumped a beautiful clear to come 5th and Will Faudree another clear to move up to 8th. Phillip and Happy had one rail and 3 time to end 12th. Phillip ofcourse is going over and over what he could have ridden better but sometimes it just happens. What an incredible learning curve for Happy and a well deserved rest in PA when he get home!

We have been so impressed by the Organizers here at Blenheim and the graciousness of the Duke. Here pictured below is the Duke of Marlborough and the American riders leading a tribute and moment of silence in honor of the victims of 9/11 in the main arena. God Bless.


Yea Happy & Phillip

I can't say how pleased we are with young Happy's performance today. He jumped around his first three star like he had done 10! What a wonderful willing horse! We are so lucky and so lucky to share it with Happy's owner Bruce Duchossois who is here as well!

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Cross Country Day

Happy and Phillip completed their test and scored a 51. All in all it was a nice test. Happy got a bit unsettled in the first medium trot because he hit the board coming out of the turn. This startled him a bit and so he broke. He was really good and settled back down for the rest of the test. Although you always hope for a better score all in all we were really pleased.
It is threatening rain but the weather seems to change by the minute. More later after cross country! Just in case we forget where we are a view of Blenheim Palace. Kerry Millikin and I took the tour yesterday and learned a lot of interesting historical facts. For those who don't know Blenheim was the birthplace if Winston Churchill. It is also still privately held and the current 11th Duke of Marlborough lives in the East Wing! Not too shabby.


Walking the course

The US contingent analyzing the 2nd water complex. Big brush in then about 100 yards to a bank up two strides to a corner.
Phillip and Happy do their test at 11:55 local time. Fingers crossed!

Walking the course

The US contingent analyzing the second water jump. Blenheim xc course is unique in that the horses and riders have two water crossings of about 100 yards each! This fence is a brush jump in then across the water to a bank up then two strides to a corner.

Phillip and happy do their dressage at 11:55 local time. He worked in this morning relaxed and supple. Fingers crossed for the big test!


First Horse Inspection

Happy looked great at the first horse inspection at Blenheim. Over 120 horses jogged up. It is an impressive looking group of horses! After the jog Phillip and I had our first look at the course. It is beautifully presented with alot to do. One thing that struck us was the length of the course with some serious pulls up hill!



The Blenheim Horse Trials is due to start in a few days.  Phillip and Mighty Nice a.k.a Happy are already in England with Emma staying at Clayton and Lucinda Fredericks.  I fly out tomorrow night arriving intime for the first horse inspection.
After the thrill of Burghley last weekend and the great results from Boyd, Sinead and Colleen, Phillip is very excited to focus on Happy and have a great go at Happy's first Three Star.  Happy is owned by Bruce Duchossois and we are so thrilled that Bruce will be joining us for this great event.
I will try to post from the UK and keep everyone up to date on their progress.  I do know that Phillip goes late on Friday, which will give them lots of time to settle in to their surroundings.
until then ... Evie