The 6-year-old French champion California d’Horset has been sold to America as a new mount for Phillip Dutton. The Selle Francais mare (Soliman X Palm Beach d’Horset, by Trophee du Rozel) won the 6-year-old French Championships at Pompadour with Yannick Dirou before going on to place fifth in the 6-year-old World Breeding Championships at Le Lion d’Angers.
Phillip confirmed to EN that the mare has arrived safely in the U.S. He hasn’t made any plans for her spring season yet aside from getting to know her and starting what he hopes will be a very successful partnership.
“She’s a fantastic athlete and ideal type for an event horse. She’s still very green having only competed at the one-star level, but I’m really looking forward to bringing her along and forging a great partnership with her,” Phillip said. “I haven’t had a really good mare in my career, so it will be fun to see how far we can go together.”
Phillip thanked the mare’s new owners, Caroline Moran, David Garrett, and Steve and Renea Willham, for their support in acquiring this exciting young horse.
Phillip is starting the 2019 season with an extended stay in Wellington, Florida, and arrived last week with five horses. He brought his 2018 World Equestrian Games mount Z, I’m Sew Ready, Fernhill Revelation, Fernhill Singapore and Sea of Clouds for an intensive two-months of training and competing in pure dressage and jumper shows. His daughter, Olivia, will also be campaigning Fernhill Finders Keepers.