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Dutton Wins Hometown Event at Plantation Field
Unionville, PA, USA
by Amber Heintzberger

Just two weeks after placing fourth at the Burghley CCI**** in England, the indomitable Phillip Dutton won the Plantation Field CIC*** in Unionville, PA and placed third overall on two of Jan Byyny's horses, Inmidair and Waterfront, respectively. Dutton credited his success to Byyny's hard work with both horses. She is sidelined with a broken foot and plans to be back in the saddle as soon as she is able. Phillip Dutton also placed sixth overall in the CIC*** riding Che Italica, a horse that he has been riding while its owner, Ronald Zabala, is in his home country of Ecuador.

Erika Treis Petersen led the division after dressage but a slow cross-country round dropped her and Under the Influence to ninth place. A clear show jumping round moved them back into fourth overall.

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Phillip Dutton and Inmidair
Recently recovered from a broken arm, Sinead Halpin and her Selle Francais gelding Manoir de Carnivalle, owned by her stepfather Jim Cogdell, finished second overall. Halpin recently moved to New Jersey and with the help of a training grant has been training with dressage trainer Betsy Steiner and show jumper Anne Kursinski and said that the extra help has paid off by making her horse more consistent.

She has also been working on getting him to gallop away from the fences on cross-country and felt that he improved with every fence on course this weekend. "He's a really sweet horse but he tends to land and wait for you to tell him what to do," she said. "I wanted to make sure every time he landed we stayed in the game, and by the end of the course he was really taking the reins."

Halpin noted that Cogdell was thrilled with his horse's success, and also enjoyed a special invitation from Glaccum to see how the event was run, since Cogdell organizes The Fork CIC*** at his own farm in North Carolina. It was Halpin's mother's birthday and she and Cogdell had planned a trip to the Outer Banks, but Plantation Field proved to be a more than enjoyable alternative.

With Petersen in fourth, Boyd Martin finished fifth in the CIC*** riding Ron and Densey Juvonen's Dutch warmblood gelding Remington XXV, who had two rails down in the show jumping phase - an improvement over his last outing, at Wit's End in Ontario. "There were two verticals in a downhill combination and that's his bogey fence," said Martin, who was otherwise pleased with the horse's performance this weekend. Martin had a fall on cross-country with a young horse but still rode five more in the event, finishing second in two divisions.

In only its second year running Plantation Field attracted record entries and boasted a trade fair, fun activities for kids, and a thrilling bareback puissance jumping competition (which Dutton competed in but withdrew after the jumps reached 5' since the horse he was riding is over 20 years old). Event organizer Denis Glaccum expressed his gratitude to the many volunteers and hard working officials that made the event a success.

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Leslie Law and Java
Phillip Dutton expressed his appreciation for the Professional Riders Organization's (PRO) involvement with the event and commented, "It was our first partnership with an organizer, the idea being to work with them to have better prize money and conditions for owners and sponsors. We set up an owners and sponsors tent with free food and booze for them - we try and encourage owners in the sport but they often don't get much in return. PRO also did a fundraising campaign and numerous people donated money to come up with the prize money. We hope to have a sponsor next year for a series of events based on how things went at Plantation."

In the CIC** Leslie Law and Java finished on their dressage score after Dutton withdrew dressage leader For the Top from the competition. Lauren Kieffer on Ultra Tim finished second ahead of Skyler Icke and Tika.

Law was also happy with the event and grateful for the prize money offered by the PRO, commenting that it made the trip worthwhile for him to take home a check along with his trophy. He may be spending part of the prize money on diapers, since his wife Lesley Grant-Law, who usually rides Java, is expecting a baby boy in November.

Law also finished second in Open Intermediate riding Paladin, and finished fourth in a division of preliminary riding Brett Handy's Irish Sport Horse mare Sophie Belle. He was placed well on a fourth horse, Windsor High, but after being held on course just before a difficult fence, he chose to withdraw from the competition.

In the CIC* Rebecca Coffin-Vickery won on her dressage score of 50.20, followed closely by Boyd Martin on Amy Lindgren's Minotaure du Passoir in second place. Martin said that the gelding is well on his way to earning preliminary horse of the year honors, a goal that he and Lindgren set earlier this year.


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