June 2015 Issue - page 6

Page 6
June 2015
PENNSYLVANIA EQUESTRIAN
AERC Offers Free
Endurance Riding Booklet
Dutton Wins Eventing National Championship at Rolex
Earning the Rolex/USEF
CCI4* Eventing National
Championship title at the Rolex
Kentucky Three-Day Event was
highest placed American Phil-
lip Dutton, of West Grove, PA,
with Fernhill Cubalawn, owned
by Thomas Tierney and Simon
Roosevelt. The pair went clear
and inside the time to take fifth
place on 54.1.
Going earlier in the order,
Dutton rode a flawless round
on Fernhill Fugitive, owned by
Thomas Tierney and Ann Jones,
to finish ninth on 59.3. Dutton
was the only rider in the field not
only to saddle two mounts on
Sunday, but to ride both to double
clear finishes on a day when clear
efforts were scarce. Making this
achievement more special is the
fact that both horses were con-
testing their first CCI4*.
By placing fifth (54.1), Phil-
lip Dutton and Fernhill Cubalawn
won the 2015 U.S. Equestrian
Federation CCI4* Eventing
Championship. It was Dutton's
fourth victory in this champion-
ship.
Dutton got there with a fault-
less show jumping round on Fern-
hill Cubalawn, passing William
Coleman, on Obos O'Reilly, and
Boyd Martin, on Master Frisky,
after they lowered rails to finish
sixth and seventh. Dutton also fin-
ished ninth on Fernhill Fugitive.
"Yes, I'm excited about
their future," said Dutton of
his two top-10 horses. "They're
both young-ish horses. They
both improved and matured this
weekend."
Earlier in the day, Dutton
withdrew Mighty Nice, who
had been standing seventh after
cross-country, because of a stifle
injury.
Michael Jung of Germany
rode the impressive mare, fisch-
erRocana FST, in yet another foot
perfect jumping effort to win the
title of Rolex Kentucky Champion
on their dressage score of 39.3.
The leaders going into
show jumping, Tim Price of
New Zealand and Wesko, had
an extremely costly rail down
to finish a close second on 40.3.
Jung also took third place hon-
ors with La Biosthetique-Sam
FBW who had two uncharac-
teristic rails down on course to
finish on 44.7.
The event, the only four star
held in the US, ran April 28 to
May 1 at the Kentucky Horse
Park in Lexington, KY.
The American Endurance
Ride Conference (AERC) has
issued a new 16-page booklet ti-
tled
Discover Endurance Riding,
to introduce the sport to a wider
audience. Curated by the editor
of Endurance News and illustrat-
ed with beautiful photography,
the free booklet features articles
about individual riders’ experi-
ences.
The articles in
Discov-
er Endurance Riding
share a
genuine tone, and span a variety
of topics including how to get
started in the sport, what to
expect at your first ride and
why endurance is an equestrian
sport for everyone. There are
uplifting pieces like ‘Friends
and Ride Partners’ penned by
14-year old Ainsley Suskey,
who along with her 76-year old
mentor, Maxine Bernsdorf, set
out together to beat the Mid-
west Region limited distance
mileage record in 2014. Their
epic journey demonstrates that
endurance riding spans gener-
ations and knows no age limits
in humans or in horses. Another
piece chronicles one AERC
member’s humbling experience
in repeated attempts to complete
the daunting Western States
Trail Ride, or Tevis Cup, 100-
mile ride in Northern Califor-
nia. And yet another tells the
story of a woman who happened
into endurance riding acciden-
tally and then fell in love with
a sport that ultimately changed
her life.
“The idea for creating this
booklet was to make people read
it and think, this sounds like
something I want to do,” said
Troy Smith,
Endurance News
editor.
"The endurance riding
community is a welcoming one
and they live by the mantra
‘endurance is for everyone’ – this
booklet serves to reinforce that
notion and to invite all who are
interested to learn more now."
To request a free copy, email
the AERC national office at
or phone 866-
271-2372.
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