Dutton Wins Eventing World Cup Qualifier at Chatsworth

Australian Phillip Dutton secured his ticket to the 2005 FEI Eventing World Cup with a win at the qualifier at the Chatsworth International Horse Trials, April 10.

April 14, 2005 — Australian Phillip Dutton cruised to victory in the FEI Eventing World Cup Qualifier at Chatsworth International Horse Trials (CIC***-W) with The Foreman on 46.2 penalties and also took second place with Hannigan (46.9) after the final cross-country phase at Bouckaert Farm in Chatsworth, Ga., April 10.

Olympic silver medalist, Kim Severson, who won the event in 2000 finished third with Winsome Adante on her dressage score of 50.50. She also took fifth place on the 15 year-old Thoroughbred gelding Royal Venture. Darren Chiacchia finished fourth.

Dutton, who has now won two of the four FEI World Cup Qualifiers in the U.S. (having won Red Hills Horse Trials, Fla., in March), has secured his ticket to the final in Sweden, August 11-14. He also has collected $16,000 from a total purse of $30,000 along with the North American Beaulieu Classic Perpetual Trophy.

“Hannigan was brilliant as I would have expected with him,” he said. “He’s one of my all-time favorite horses; a real character, I’ve got a soft spot for him. I had to work harder on The Foreman.”

Many riders were using this outing as warm-up for the major spring events, such as the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event at the end of the month. American riders have one more opportunity to qualify for the FEI World Cup Final at the last qualifier in this country in July in Kalispell, Mont.

Full results from Chatsworth are available on the Bouckaert Farm website.