Phillip Dutton Reflects on 2014 Season

Phillip Dutton and Trading Aces at WEG. Photo by Jenni Autry. Phillip Dutton and Trading Aces at WEG. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Phillip Dutton updated his blog today with a recap of the 2014 season, touching on the highlights and low points of the year. One of the biggest pieces of good news is he has been able to keep Mighty Nice and Good Enough, both previously owned by the late Bruce Duchossois, thanks to a new group of owners.

Mighty Nice is now owned by Caroline Moran, Annie Jones, Michael Bombar, Kevin Keane and Evie Dutton. Good Enough is now owned by Caroline Moran and Kristine Norton.

“In the last few months of Bruce Duchossois’ life, I know that he was really proud to be the owner of (Mighty Nice),” he said. “It was obviously such a sad time to lose our good friend. We have some great memories, and he changed our lives forever. We’re excited to be able to keep his horses Mighty Nice and Good Enough through the generosity of various people who have stepped in to keep them going.”

He also offers some insight on Team USA’s performance at the World Equestrian Games, where things didn’t exactly go the way everyone hoped. “As for WEG, it was one of those events where it just didn’t go right. That’s the sport; it happens,” he said.

“Our team was one of the best groups I’ve ever ridden with from a morale standpoint. Everyone got along great and was really committed and team-oriented. Everyone was very determined to do well for the U.S. It just didn’t happen. A lot of the time you improve through tough experiences, and I think we will be a stronger team for it.”

Another piece of good news is Mr. Medicott is set to make a comeback following a lengthy rehabilitation period after he aggravated an old tendon injury at Rolex. “His leg has healed really well, and he is set to return to competing in the spring. I’m excited that he still has some big events in him for the future,” Phillip said.

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