The equestrian sport of eventing has changed drastically over the past two decades, and it has done so in every way – from its general format, to the importance given each individual phase, to the way cross-country obstacles are built and courses are planned.
The best way to achieve success according to today’s standards is the guidance from the sport’s leaders – those who have not only excelled in each of eventing’s demanding phases, but who have been part of its exciting evolution.
Phillip Dutton, 12-time USEA Leading Rider of the Year and 5-time Olympian – winner of team gold in Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000 – has been in the eventing spotlight for much of his equestrian career. Now, calling on his years of experience, his hard-earned horse wisdom, and his innate feel, he has provided the ultimate reference for the modern event rider.
This fabulously illustrated book covers training, conditioning, and competing in all three phases of events: dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. In addition, Phillip includes full chapters describing the special needs of the event horse, with tips and advice from the top experts who make up his internationally respected eventing team – his groom, his farrier, and his veterinarian. You’ll find guidance in everything for daily maintenance to braiding and turnout, and from hoof care and studs to common health issues and “vet box” care of your horse during competitions.
With tips for finding the right event prospect, whatever your level of experience, as well as Phillip’s own schooling exercises, both on the flat and over fences, Modern Eventing with Phillip Dutton promises to give you the leg up you need for a safe and confident start in the sport. Phillip’s personal stories combined with his recommendations for riding each phase will then go a long way to ensuring your success and enjoyment, now and for years to come.