Phillip Dutton

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Phillip Dutton
Phillip Dutton and Truluck at Capability's Classic during the cross country phase of Burghley Horse Trials 2009
Personal information
Full namePhillip Peter Dutton
NationalityUnited States (naturalized 2006)
Born13 September 1963 (1963-09-13) (age 60)
Nyngan, New South Wales, Australia
Medal record
Representing  Australia
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1996 Atlanta Team eventing
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Team eventing
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Individual eventing
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 2007 Rio de Janeiro Team eventing
Gold medal – first place 2015 Toronto Team eventing

Phillip Peter Dutton, OAM[1] (born 13 September 1963) is an Australian-born Olympic-level equestrian rider competing in eventing for the United States of America. He is a dual Olympic gold medalist who formerly competed for his country of birth but now competes for the USA.[2]


Dutton was born in Nyngan and was educated at Newington College (1976–1979).[3] He pursued his passion for riding in Australia until 1991 when he moved to the United States to train in a more internationally competitive environment. In the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Olympic Games he was a member of Australia's Gold Medal Three-day Eventing Team and he has now represented Australia in three Olympics and four World Equestrian Games. He is very active on the U.S. eventing circuit, winning the USEA Leading Rider of the Year title in 1998, and 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006. In 2005 he was also the number one FEI World Event Rider. Phillip and his wife, Evie, live in Avondale, Pennsylvania with Evie's daughter and their twin girls. Dutton's farm, True Prospect Farm, is located in West Grove, Pennsylvania.

In 2006, Dutton announced that he would be changing his citizenship, allowing him to ride for the United States.[4] In his letter to the EFA, informing them of the change, he wrote: "I would like to thank the EFA for everything they have done for me and my career as a Three-Day Event rider... It has been an honour to be a member of the EFA and to represent Australia internationally for the past 12 years."[5]

In April 2007, Dutton took second at the famous 4 star event the Rolex Kentucky Three Day, as his first time riding for the U.S. Later that year, he won the team gold and individual silver medal at the 2007 Pan American Games on Truluck.

In April 2008, Dutton broke the "Rolex Hex" winning his first Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Dutton competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics, but was disqualified from the individual event for competing with boots that were too heavy.[6]

On 24 May 2016 it was announced that Dutton would be working with Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve in his 2nd career as an eventing horse.[7]

Dutton and Mighty Nice won an individual bronze medal in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[8]


In 1997, Dutton was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia.[1] He was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2001.[9]

CCI 5* Results[edit]

Event Kentucky Badminton Luhmühlen Burghley Pau Adelaide
1997 35th (True Blue Girdwood)
1998 9th (Fairdinkum)
1999–2002 Did not participate
2003 9th (I'm So Brite) 8th (Hannigan)
14th (Cayman Went)
2004 2nd place, silver medalist(s) (Nova Top)
2005 2nd place, silver medalist(s) (The Foreman)
4th (Hannigan)
5th (Nova Top)
2nd place, silver medalist(s) (The Foreman)
10th (Amazing Odyssey)
2006 4th (Connaught)
22nd (Amazing Odyssey)
2007 2nd place, silver medalist(s) (Connaught)
10th (Trulock)
2008 1st place, gold medalist(s) (Connaught)
10th (Woodburn)
WD (Woodburn)
2009 7th (Connaught)
12th (Woodburn)
4th (Trulock)
2010 2nd place, silver medalist(s) (Trulock)
6th (The Foreman)
WD (Kheops Du Quesnay)
RET (Waterfront)
2011 18th (Fernhill Eagle)
2012 10th (Mighty Nice)
12th (Fernhill Eagle)
2013 11th (Fernhill Eagle)
RET (Mighty Nice)
4th (Mr Medicott)
2014 8th (Trading Aces)
WD (Mighty Nice)
WD (Mr Medicott)
7th (Mighty Nice)
2015 5th (Fernhill Cubalawn)
9th (Fernhill Fugitive)
WD (Mighty Nice)
2016 4th (Mighty Nice)
5th (Fernhill Cubalawn)
13th (Fernhill Fugitive)
18th (Fernhill Fugitive)
2017 4th (Mr Medicott)
8th (Fernhill Fugitive)
10th (I'm Sew Ready)
2018 4th (Z)
13th (I'm Sew Ready)
EL (I'm Sew Ready)
2019 7th (Z)
EL = Eliminated; RET = Retired; WD = Withdrew

International Championship results[edit]

Year Event Horse Placing Notes
1994 World Equestrian Games True Blue Girdwood 4th Team
18th Individual
1996 Olympic Games True Blue Girdwood 1st place, gold medalist(s) Team
1998 World Equestrian Games True Blue Girdwood 17th Individual
2000 Olympic Games House Doctor 1st place, gold medalist(s) Team
2002 World Equestrian Games House Doctor 5th Individual
2003 Asian Pacific Games Nova Top 1st place, gold medalist(s) Team
1st place, gold medalist(s) Individual
2004 Olympic Games Nova Top 6th Team
13th Individual
2005 World Cup Final Nova Top 9th
2006 World Equestrian Games Connaught 30th Individual
2007 Pan American Games Truluck 1st place, gold medalist(s) Team
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Individual
2008 Olympic Games Connaught 7th Team
EL Individual
2010 World Equestrian Games Woodburn 4th Team
18th Individual
2012 Olympic Games Mystery Whisper 7th Team
23rd Individual
2014 World Equestrian Games Trading Aces 10th Team
RET Individual
2015 Pan American Games Fernhill Fugitive 1st place, gold medalist(s) Team
10th Individual
2016 Olympic Games Mighty Nice 12th Team
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Individual
2018 World Equestrian Games Z 8th Team
13th Individual
EL = Eliminated; RET = Retired; WD = Withdrew

Notable Horses[edit]

  • True Blue Girdwood
    • 1994 World Equestrian Games – Team Fourth Place, Individual 18th Place
    • 1996 Atlanta Olympics – Team Gold Medal
    • 1998 World Equestrian Games – Individual 17th Place
  • House Doctor – 1992 Bay Gelding
    • 2000 Sydney Olympics – Team Gold Medal
    • 2002 World Equestrian Games – Individual Fifth Place
  • Nova Top – 1991 Chestnut Gelding (RA Nova)
    • 2003 Asian Pacific Championships – Team Gold Medal, Individual Gold Medal
    • 2004 Athens Olympics – Team Sixth Place, Individual 13th Place
    • 2005 FEI World Cup Final – Ninth Place
  • Connaught – 1993 Bay Irish Sport Horse Gelding (Ballysimon x Royal Rogue)
    • 2006 World Equestrian Games – Individual 30th Place
    • 2008 Kentucky CCI**** Winner
    • 2008 Beijing Olympics – Team Seventh Place
  • Truluck – 1997 Bay Thoroughbred Gelding (Maha Baba x Full Choke)
    • 2007 Pan American Games – Team Gold Medal, Individual Silver Medal
  • Woodburn – 1996 Chestnut Thoroughbred Gelding (Herewood The Wake x Sir Tritram)
    • 2010 World Equestrian Games – Team Fourth Place, Individual 18th Place
  • Mystery Whisper – 2000 Dark Bay Warmblood Gelding (Richmeed Medallion x Salute)
    • 2012 London Olympics – Team Seventh Place, Individual 23rd Place
  • Fernhill Fugitive – 2005 Bay Irish Sport Horse Gelding (Lux x Ramiro B)
    • 2015 Pan American Games – Team Gold Medal, Individual 10th Place
  • Mighty Nice – 2004 Bay Irish Sport Horse Gelding (Ard Ohio)
    • 2016 Rio Olympics – Team 12th Place, Individual Bronze Medal


  1. ^ a b "Dutton, Phillip Peter". It's an Honour. Archived from the original on 16 April 2021. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Phillip Dutton". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020.
  3. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863–1998 (Syd, 1999) pp55
  4. ^ Phillip Dutton: Aussie gold medallist riding for US
  5. ^ Phillip Dutton to ride for United States
  6. ^ Double bronze for debutant Cook
  7. ^ "Derby Runner-Up Commanding Curve Retired". Retrieved 2 December 2021.
  8. ^ "Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice Capture Individual Eventing Bronze – USET Foundation". 10 August 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2021.
  9. ^ "Phillip Dutton". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 25 September 2020.

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