Thursday, May 17, 2012

Phillip Dutton and Mystery Whisper Headed to London

By Kitson

Mystery Whisper behind the scenes during his winning weekend at Jersey Fresh,
all photos courtesy of Joanie Morris.
Last month I chatted with Phillip Dutton as he drove south from his farm in Pennsylvania to Kentucky for the Rolex 3-Day Event, which was an "observation" event as part of the selection process for the Olympic team. I asked him about his preparations and hopes for the 2012 Olympics, and the four horses he's campaigning (Mystery Whisper, Ben, Fernhill Eagle and Mighty Nice, more info about them here). He told me -- when it comes to making the Olympic team, "It all depends on how these horses go. So many things can happen, we just do our best and wait it out.”

Phillip's patience has paid off. The US Eventing Association reported this week that after a big win at the Jersey Fresh International Three-day Event  in Allentown, New Jersey last weekend, Phillip and his new ride, the 10-year old warmblood Mystery Whisper fresh from Australia, have made the eventing team. Check out the video of his win here.

This will be Australian-born Phillip's 5th Olympic games, and his second go representing the United States since he became a citizen in 2006. The individual eventing competition in London kicks off on July 28, followed by dressage and jumping. Click here for more details. Thanks for the photos, Joanie!

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