Best of 2021 Video Countdown: #18 – Watch Phillip Dutton’s 15.0 Dressage Test

Each day between now and the New Year we’re counting down the top 20 most popular videos shared on EN in 2021. The #18 spot goes to this video, which garnered 1,389 views when it was originally posted on March 1, 2021.

Phillip Dutton and Carlchen. Photo by Liz Crawley Photography.

As the first pair to Enter at A in front of judge Janis Linnan in the Advanced B division at Pine Top, Phillip Dutton and Carlchen set the bar quite high (or low, if we’re talking dressage scores) for the day. Their score of 15.0 sets a new record at the level, previously held by Tamie Smith and Mai Baum who scored a 17.7 at Rebecca Farm last July. Prior to Tamie’s test last summer, the previous record of 17.9 had been held by Darren Chiacchia and Windfall II since 2008.

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Carlchen, a 13-year-old Oldenburg (Clinton x Sunshine, by Lordanos), is a semi-new ride of Phillip’s. Imported stateside in 2019 by Caroline Moran, this was their first start at the Advanced level as a pair. Phillip credits their success on the flat to a winter in Wellington:

“This winter in Wellington served him well, as I had Scott Hassler and Erik Duvander training me in dressage every week to 10 days,” Phillip said in a press release. “Being in the Wellington environment where you are exposed to great horsemanship and top dressage riders on a daily basis also makes you aim that much higher and expect that much more.”

In case you missed Phillip’s test, here it is! To catch up on Shelby’s Pine Top coverage, click here.

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