FAIR HILL, Md.--Frankie Thieriot Stutes, a Californian amateur with just one horse, Chatwin, but with two children under the age of three and two businesses that she runs, won The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI3* Eventing National Championship on Oct. 31.
She led from the start in dressage through the cross country and to the end of stadium jumping to win on her dressage score of 27.3 over Boyd Martin of Cochranville, Pa., on Long Island T who added four time penalties on the cross country to his second place dressage score of 29.4 to finish on 33.4.
Along with her two infant children, Thieriot Stutes runs two businesses, one a PR firm for promoting riders and the second a company that sells handbags that she designs and ships.
Of the 40 starters on cross country, only two, Thieriot Stutes and Buck Davidson on Archie Rocks, were double clear, no jumping and no time penalties, cross country, but Davidson added four faults in stadium jumping to his third place dressage score of 32.4 to finish third on 36.4.
MARTIN, riding On Cue, also won the CCI2* at Fair Hill, finishing on his dressage score of 23.7 to beat Emily Beshear on Uncle Sam who also finished on her dressage score of 26.8, with Will Faudree finishing third with Michel 233 on a three-phase score of 28.3.
"I think this week I was psyched thinking about how grateful I am for all the incredible people in my life, and Chatwin is certainly is at the top of the list," Thieriot Stutes said. "I think everyone would agree that it's the people that get you where you going, and I'm feeling incredibly lucky and grateful to be here."
"Chatwin was a little spicy today," she said after the stadium jumping. "I knew I had a lot of horse under me. I just have the one horse. I've had him since he was 5. He has an unconventional jumping style."
"Fair Hill is one of the best courses and best venues," said Martin. "If you can get through this event you know you've got a horse that's competitive anywhere in the world. It really builds the horses up for a four-star, and we are very grateful Tim Dutta backs this event."
"To be fair, I think it's better to have more than one horse in an event," said Martin. "You get a feel for the course."
"On Cue was a real star," said Martin. "She is very elegant. She has a great gallop and a great jump. Long Island T has had a wonderful year. He's won one 3* and been second in another."
The weather was perfect on Saturday for cross country, but on Sunday it tuned very cold with a sharp, biting wind that caused a couple to rails to fall in stadium jumping.
"One fence was swinging as I came to it," said Martin. "I thought it might make the horse jump higher."
Long Island T didn't start out looking like he was going to be a star.
"I was trying to figure out how i was going to get rid of him when he suddenly came forward," said Martin. "If you have a good go at Fair Hill it sets you up for a 4*."
"Archie Rocks has kept improving,: said Davidson. "He did his best dressage yet here. The cross country was good, and he jumped well today (in stadium jumping). Hopefully, he'll keep on improving.
On Saturday, Derek di Grazia's challenging cross country course shuffled much of the leader board, but the overnight leader Thieriot Stutes rose to the challenge.
"I just wanted to attack the course." Thieriot Stutes said. "I think it was mentally tough the whole way around for me. He has so much heart, and I'm just really proud of Chatwin today and lucky be on him the whole round,"
Buck Davidson and Archie Rocks made the cross country course look deceptively easy as they finished a comfortable seven seconds inside the time to stay on their dressage score of 32.4.
"He's a true thoroughbred, and he tries hard," said Davidson of Archie Rocks. "He's a newer partnership for me, but we've developed a great partnership. He's very fast and very honest and he gave me a great ride today. He was terrific."
Martin, a two-time CCI3* winner at Fair Hill International, had a banner day, taking over the lead of the CCI2* with On Cue and moving into third in the CCI3* with Long Island T.
Coming through the finish 14 seconds under the clock, Martin andOn Cue were the fastest pair of the day to stay on a score of 23.7.
"She sailed around the course today," Martin said. "She's all class. She's got a huge stride and did the time quite easily. I think she's going to be strong horse for the future."
Beshear and Uncle Sam had one of only five double clear cross country rounds to move into second place and remain on their dressage score of 26.8.
Will Faudree and Michel 233 moved into third place after an impressive cross country performance that had them adding only 1.2 time penalties to a score of 28.3 into the final phase.
Sea of Clouds, who was ridden by Phillip Dutton, as the highest placed American Thoroughbred. The off-track Thoroughbred also won the USEF Young Horse National Championship as the highest placed 6- or 7-year-old horse in the CCI2* .
This year also marks the 30th anniversary of The Dutta Corp., the event's title sponsor.
The Dutta Corporation is an international and domestic horse shipping company founded by J. Tim Dutta.
It has been expanding rapidly since its inception in 1988 and particularly so in the last20 years.
With state-of-the-art jet stalls and an expert team of grooms, The Dutta Corp. provides horse air transport solutions tailored to each individual horse.
"It's our pleasure to share our 30th birthday with Fair Hill's 30th birthday," said Dutta. "The sport was spectacular. I think we have a great future for the sport when you see amateurs coming through the ranks. We at Dutta Corp. look forward to it every year, and want to thank the three-day community for supporting Fair Hill for many years to come tomorrow."
The Dutta Corp. is proud to sponsor the U.S. Equestrian Federation and is honored that the USEF has chosen to provide a Dutta Corp. flight to Thieriot Stutes as the winner of The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI3* Eventing