Today marks 20 years since the Opening Ceremony at the Sydney Olympic Games. Team Australia would win gold for the home team that year, followed by Great Britain in silver and the U.S. team in bronze. It’s not often that an 8 year old horse is tapped to take on the Olympic Games, but if you’re going to put fate in any rider’s hands it may as well be Phillip Dutton. This was the story as the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia loomed closer and an untimely lameness took Phillip’s top ride, Show Of Heart, turned the spotlight to the still learning House Doctor.
It’s Thursday again and time to travel halfway across the world to Sydney, Australia for the 2000 Olympic Games. House…
Originally bred for racing by Tim and Nina Gardner, the Thoroughbred gelding by Inca Chief out of Night House Rock was sent to Phillip as a three year old. He showed his prowess for eventing in the lead-up to Sydney with a second place finish in the Foxhall Cup CCI3*. House Doctor would go on to be the youngest horse (8 years old) at the Sydney Olympics, finishing as a member of the gold medal winning Australian team. He would also go on to finish fifth individually in the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain in 2002.
Want to hear more about Phillip’s career and life with horses? You’re in luck! Phillip was the most recent guest of Nicole Browns on the Equiratings Eventing Podcast. Take a listen here.
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