We announced back in January that Graham and Anita Motion had placed Preakness Stakes runner Icabad Crane in training with Phillip Dutton for a second career as an eventer. Icabad did his first event a couple weeks ago at Full Gallop Farm, where he won his Beginner Novice division on his dressage score of 32.1. Offtrackthoroughbreds.com has a nice story today on how Icabad is progressing.
While not all Thoroughbreds off the track are gifted enough to enter training with dual Olympic gold medalist Dutton, this particular off-track Thoroughbred is “pretty unique,” Dutton says in a telephone interview.
“His disposition is very, very settled and quiet. He’s a forward-thinking horse who doesn’t get too wound up,” Dutton says. “He’s very easy to work with.”
Dutton started training Icabad in December. “He’s been a pretty quick study,” he notes.
With one win under their belts, Dutton plans to enter Icabad in another Beginner Novice Event this summer, before moving him up to Novice, and beyond.
Icabad Crane has his very own Facebook fan page, and the horse’s spring/summer schedule was posted this morning. Keep an eye out for him if you’re competing at any of these events:
May 3-4, MCTA, Beginner Novice
May 17-18, Fair Hill, Novice
May 31-June 1, Waredaca, Novice
June 14-15, Seneca Valley, Novice
July 12-13, Maryland Horse Trials, Novice
July 18-20, Maryland Horse Trials, Novice
Aug 9-10, Fair Hill, Novice
Aug 16-17, Waredaca, Novice
Go Icabad, and Go Eventing.
[Full Story on offtrackthoroughbreds.com]