Marilyn Little will be racing herself on the cross-country course tomorrow for the win in the Red Hills CIC***, as her two entries, RF Smoke On The Water and RF Demeter, are just .3 points apart in first and second, respectively.
Show jumping spectators at the Red Hills Horse Trials and CIC today were treated not only to a memorable and victorious performance by a newly minted superstar team, but also to a sight even more rare: Phillip Dutton’s pearly whites.
The veteran Dutton isn’t exactly known for being a smiley guy in the saddle, but as he crossed the CIC*** finish line aboard Mystery Whisper this afternoon, his white tie flapping behind him in the breeze and a clear round completed, he finally let the corners of his mouth turn upward.
Phillip Dutton’s dressage lead yesterday was daunting enough for his competitors in the Red Hills CIC***, but it’s even bigger after the completion of cross-country today. Even after picking up 4.8 time faults this afternoon, Dutton, of West Grove, Pa., will show jump his new mount Mystery Whisper tomorrow with three rails in hand over the rest of the pack.