Brianna Dutton Came Looking for Fun and Found Silver and Gold

North American Young Rider Dressage Individual Championships

Like her teammate Katie Johnson, Brianna Dutton came to the NAJYRC with no real goal other than to enjoy herself. What she got was a lot more. First she earned a team gold medal and then on Saturday, she finished right behind her teammate in the Young Rider Individual Championships to take the silver medal with a score of 68.45 percent.

"You come here for the first time with a green horse and I was just hoping to make it through to the end to the freestyle. I just wanted to have fun. So, to be medaling is really surreal. It's just awesome," said Dutton, 19, of Tracy, California. She earned her silver medal with Tibet, an eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding sired by Idocus that she has owned for two years.

"We started at First Level and we've been moving up quickly. He has such a great work ethic and is really there. He really likes working and he's been great," Dutton said. When asked to describe her horse, she called him "a big goof" who loves attention and all people and horses.

As with the rest of her Region 7 teammates, this is Dutton's first time coming to the NAJYRC and she's loving every minute of it. "It's so great to be here with people who share the same focus and are at the same level. It's wonderful to know that you can come here and you can do it at this level and it's nice meeting new people. Everyone here is so nice and this show is just run so great. It's the best show I've ever been to," she said.

Dutton trains with Nadine Pestana and, while she vows to continue riding and competing well into life, she does have another career goal. She is currently studying biology in college and is considering a career as a chiropractor. "I go to a chiropractor and it interests me. It's a social job working with people and not a desk job." Her other interest, when not riding, is spending time in the mountains where she likes to kayak.