Fair Hill, Md. – Frankie Thieriot Stutes’s trek from California to the 2018 The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event proved to be worth every mile on Sunday as the amateur rider was crowned The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI3* Eventing National Champion. She is joined in the winner’s circle by Boyd Martin, who was the winner of The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI2* Eventing National Championship and reserve champion of the CCI3*.
Thieriot Stutes (Occidental, Calif.) dominated the competition from start to finish with Chatwin, a 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by The Chatwin Group. They had a rail in hand, but made no use of it to finish on their dressage score of 27.3. In addition to the national championship title, the combination takes home the Guy V. Henry Memorial Trophy and the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation Gladstone Trophy, awarded to the highest-placed U.S athlete in the CCI3*.
“I think this week I was psyched thinking about how grateful I am for all the incredible people in my life – Chatwin is certainly at the top of the list,” Thieriot Stutes said. “I think everyone would agree that it’s the people that get you where you are going, and I’m feeling incredibly lucky and grateful to be here.”
The Dutta Corp. is proud to sponsor the US Equestrian Federation (USEF) and is honored that the USEF has chosen to provide a The Dutta Corp. flight to Thieriot Stutes as the winner of The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI3* Eventing National Championship.
Thieriot Stutes, a USET Foundation Jacqueline B. Mars International Competition National Developing Rider Grant recipient, also took home the USEF Developing Rider National Championship and the Alexander MacKay Smith Trophy, awarded to the highest-placed U.S. competitor in the CCI3* that is 18 years of age or older and who has not yet completed a CCI4* event.
Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) finished as The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI3* Eventing Reserve National Champion with Long Island T, a 12-year-old Oldenburg Thoroughbred gelding owned by the Long Island T Syndicate. Martin produced a double-clear round for a three-phase result of 33.4.
Buck Davidson (Reddick, Fla.) and Maya Simmons’s Archie Rocks rounded out the weekend in third. The 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding had one rail down for a final score of 36.4.
Martin also secured the win in The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI2* Eventing National Championship and the USEF Combined Training Trophy after a clear round with On Cue. Christine Turner’s 12-year-old Selle Francais mare was foot perfect through every phase, finishing on her dressage score of 23.7. Martin also received the Judy E. Thayer Memorial Award as the highest-placed two-star rider who currently resides in Chester County, Pa.
“Fair Hill is one of the best courses and best venues. If you can get through this event you know you’ve got a horse that’s competitive anywhere in the world,” Martin said. “It really builds the horses up for a four-star, and we are very grateful Tim Dutta backs this event.”
Emily Beshear (Somerset, Va.) and Jennifer Eisenbrandt’s gorgeous grey Olney Uncle Sam glided around Marc Donovan’s course, delivering a clear round to finish in second place. Beshear and the 11-year-old Trakehner gelding closed the weekend on their dressage score of 26.8.
Will Faudree (Southern Pines, N.C.) finished third with Michel 233, an eight-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Jennifer Mosing and Sterling Silver Stables. The pair produced a lovely clear round for a three-phase score of 28.3.
Mia Farley (San Clemente, Calif.) received The John H. Fritz Trophy and the USET’s Markham Trophy as the highest-placed American young rider in the CCI2* division. Farley rode her BGS Firecracker, an eight-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare, to the title of USEF Young Rider Eventing National Champion on a score of 31.90. This USEF National Championship is awarded in the CCI2* to the highest-placed U.S. competitor who is 16 years of age to 21 years of age during the current competition year.
The Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue Trophy was awarded to The Sea of Clouds Partnership’s Sea of Clouds, who was ridden by Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.), as the highest-placed American Thoroughbred. The off-the-track Thoroughbred also won the USEF Young Horse Eventing National Championship and the Jonathan R. Burton Trophy as the U.S.’s highest-placed six- or seven-year-old horse in the CCI2*. The combination finished on a score of 32.20.
Charlotte Collier was presented the Amanda Warrington Memorial Trophy as the highest-placed CCI3* debutant.
This year marked the 30th anniversary of The Dutta Corp., the event’s title sponsor. The Dutta Corporation is an international and domestic horse shipping company founded by J. Tim Dutta. It has been expanding rapidly since its inception in 1988 and particularly so in the last twenty years. With state-of-the-art jet stalls and an expert team of grooms, The Dutta Corp. provides horse air transport solutions tailored to each individual horse.
“It’s our pleasure to share our 30th birthday with Fair Hill’s 30th birthday,” said J. Tim Dutta. “The sport was spectacular. I think we have a great future for the sport when you see amateurs coming through the ranks. We at Dutta Corp. look forward to it every year, and want to thank the three-day community for supporting Fair Hill for many years to come tomorrow.”
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