Australian native, Phillip Dutton is set to make his sixth Olympic appearance in Rio and his third with team USA. Dutton made his Olympic debut in 1996 as a member of the Australian National Eventing team and persued his carreer in Australia until 1991 when he moved to the United States in order to train in a more intertationally competitive environment. He continued to play for the Australian National Eventing team until 2006, when he became a U.S. citizen.
Phillip Dutton discovered his passion for equestrian at a young age. He grew up around horses on a sheep and wheat farm in the Australian outback. When Dutton was younger he spent most of his time off the farm at pony club rallies and horse trails. Dutton made his international debut at the 1994 World Equestrian Games.
Major Competitions/ Medals
Dutton made his Olympic debut in 1996 as a member of the Australian National Eventing team winning gold. The team would remain defending gold champions in the 2000 Sydney Olympic games . In 2004 he made his final Olympic appearance as an Australian. Dutton became an official U.S. citizen in 2006 and has since competed for Team USA in Eventing.
Dutton won back to back gold medals with the Australian National Eventing team in his 1996 Olympic debut and in the 2000 Sydney Olympic games.
At 53 years old, Phillip Dutton has earned many awards over the years. In 2002 he was inducted into the Australian Sports Hall of Fame. He earned the USEA Rider of the Year title on thirteen different occasions between 1998 and 2012. This year the United States Equestrian Team awarded Dutton with the Whitney Stone Cup, which is presented to the athlete whom displays consistant excellence throughout international competition and high standards of sportsmanship.
Off the Saddle
Dutton’s hobbies include world affairs, reading, golf, and tennis.