In 2003, Susan Dutta and Red Romance DC qualified to represent the United States at the World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Verden, Germany, but Dutta opted instead to represent the US at the Pan-American Games when she was named as alternate on the squad aboard West Side Lady.
This year Dutta is back in the ring in the FEI Test for Five-year-olds, winning on another young standout, the chestnut Hanoverian mare named Golden Choice DC. Dutta is trained by Dennis H. Callin of Raleigh, NC.
Purchased by Dutta and her husband Tim at the prestigious P.S.I. auction in 2003, this mare by Grand Cru out of a Westbury dam is closely related to Carol Lavell's Gifted and Dutta's own West Side Lady. She raised the third best price in the dressage group at the auction.
The pair have placed consistently well in the test for Five-Year-olds during the Florida season, winning at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby and Dressage at Equestrian Estates.
In 2003, Susan Dutta had the distinct privilege of qualifying three horses for the USET Championship, two horses for the Grand Prix tour and West Side Lady DC for the small tour. Earlier in 2003, aboard West Side Lady DC Dutta won the USET Qualifier at Dressage in the Sandhills in Pinehurst, NC and the USET Grand Prix and USET Grand Prix Special with Gumshoes DC. Dutta was back in the winner's circle weeks later at CDI-W Raleigh in Raleigh, NC having won the USET Qualifier for Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I with West Side Lady DC. She also won the Grand Prix Special with Gumshoes DC.
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Romeo DC and Gumshoes DC Excel As Well
This year her success in North Carolina continued with wins in the Raleigh CDI, run in conjunction with the Capital Classic Dressage Show. On Romeo DC she won the Prix St. Georges (64.08), placed fourth in the I-2 (64.66) and second in the I-1 Musical Freestyle (66.55%) and on Gumshoes DC was third in the Grand Prix "B" (66.167) and second in the FEI Grand Prix Special (67.2%).
The CDI was the last qualifier for the National Championships at Gladstone, NJ and attracted 47 entries, minus a few scratches, according to show secretary Patsy Albers.
Janine Malone, Show Manager, said that in spite of the usual thunderstorms that seem to plague the show every year, delays were minor and the footing in the warm-up area held up better than usual.
Malone pointed out that because the newly introduced International High Performance Dues became effective on June first, some riders opted to compete in the CDN rather than the CDI, but Albers said that they still received the usual number of entries.
Raleigh formerly hosted the Eastern Championships for Young Horses, but that was moved to Lexington, KY this year. On Friday, Heather Blitz and Regata won the Test for Six-year-olds (70.8) and Dawn Weniger on Wylie q won the Test for Five-year-olds (70.4). On Sunday the tests were offered again and Mia Hermansen and Ricotta won the Test for Six-year-olds (66.2) and Susan Dutta and Golden Choice DC made their mark with the highest score of the weekend in the FEI Test for five-year-old horses with 76.6.
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Golden Choice, a Price Highlight at the 2003 PSI Auction
CDI-W Competition Returns to Raleigh's Capital Dressage Classic
CDI Raleigh - Official Website