Middleburg, Va. – August 22, 2018 – Rutledge Farm is pleased to welcome Phillip Dutton as the newest Olympic gold medalist joining the Rutledge Farm Sessions. Dutton will be conducting an eventing clinic for athletes of all levels on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Dutton joins Rutledge Farm’s list of elite Olympic gold-medalist clinicians, including McLain Ward and Will Simpson.
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. Dutton will also be a part of the U.S. Eventing team during the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina in just a few short weeks.
This October, participants and auditors can look forward to an exciting day of learning from Dutton’s years of experience. Dutton said, “We’ll really focus on building confidence and honing in on specifics that we can work on for each person. My hope is that everyone can leave the clinic with a clear goal and vision in mind to work toward.”
The day will feature five different group levels – advanced, intermediate, preliminary, training, and beginner/novice. 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 arena.
Dutton said, “I loved the vision for the Rutledge Farm Sessions series and bringing in top athletes in the sport. It’s a great honor for me and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s exciting for eventers to be at Rutledge Farm and I think it’s going to be something great for the future to have a facility like that and to be able to practice across disciplines.”
Rutledge Farm Sessions brings exclusive educational opportunities to riders and professionals in Middleburg, Virginia. Drawing from a pool of Olympic-level clinicians, Rutledge Farm offers monthly sessions for riders at all levels and disciplines. For more information on how to attend or audit Phillip Dutton’s upcoming Rutledge Farm Session, visit rutledgefarm.com/clinics.
One-day, 75-minute training session
Wednesday, October 10
Advanced: 8:00 a.m. -9:15 a.m.
Intermediate: 9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Preliminary: 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Training: 2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m
Beginner & Novice: 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Register at rutledgefarm.com/clinics