WEST GROVE (October 12) – State Senator Andy Dinniman recently had the opportunity to recognize Phillip Dutton of West Grove on winning a Bronze Medal in individual equestrian eventing in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Dinniman said he enjoyed the chance to meet with Dutton, his horse, “Mighty Nice” (aka “Happy”), and his wife, Evie, at their True Prospect Farm in West Grove.

Senator Dinniman with Olympian Phillip Dutton and his wife, Evie, at their True Prospect farm in West Grove.

“Chester County’s rolling hillsides and open spaces continue to provide an ideal setting for equestrian agriculture, activities, training, and world-class athletes like Phillip Dutton,” Dinniman said. “It was an honor to visit Mr. Dutton’s farm and recognize both him and ‘Mighty Nice’ on their Olympic success.”

Dutton is a six-time Olympian, having competed in the 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympics for his native Australia, before becoming a U.S. citizen in 2006 and competing for Team USA in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

Equestrian eventing, often described as “equestrian’s triathlon,” pairs a single horse and rider across the three disciplines or dressage, cross-country, and show jumping.

Dutton also earned gold medals in the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sidney Olympic games in team equestrian eventing.

Dinniman, a member of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, briefly toured the 80-acre farm and discussed his efforts on behalf of the horse community with the Duttons.

Dutton was one of three Chester County athletes representing Team USA in Rio. Cierra Runge of Cochranville earned a gold medal as part of the team that qualified for the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. Boyd Martin, also of Cochranville, gave an outstanding performance in equestrian eventing.

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