Olympian Phillip Dutton was injured while schooling a young horse at friend and neighbor Boyd Martin’s Windurra Farm in Cochranville, Pa., on Sept. 21.
The duo were on the cross-country course and miscalculated a jump.
“They kind of hit the jump, and Phillip went out the front, and then the horse came down, and I’m pretty sure the horse rolled on him,” said Evie Dutton, Phillip’s wife who was there watching.
The spill resulted in a broken clavicle, three broken ribs and a collapsed lung.
“I knew that he was moving, but I also knew when he didn’t get up right away,” said Evie. “That wasn’t good because Phillip gets up right away when he falls. Phillip is—and I know I am biased—but he is one of the toughest people I have ever encountered in my life ever, and for him not to get up was a clear sign that he was pretty beat up.”
The ambulance arrived quickly, and Phillip never lost consciousness and remained alert and talking. The horse was uninjured.
Phillip was taken to nearby Christiana Hospital where it was determined he will need to undergo surgery on his clavicle in the next week or so, once the swelling has gone down. He was released to convalesce at home on Sept. 24, and the outcome with all his injuries is looking very positive.
As for when he may return to riding and competition, they are taking it day by day.
“I think once they get the surgery done it’s not too bad. The ribs may take a bit longer. We are just going to wait and see,” said Evie.
One event definitely off the table is this weekend’s U.S. Open $50,000 Arena Eventing Team Competition at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show in New York.
“He was really looking forward to riding there too,” said Evie. “It’s a great venue. We were there last year, but Phillip obviously wasn’t competing. He was just there [being honored] as an Olympian from the Rio Games.”