The oldest member of the United States Olympic Eventing team captured his first individual medal in Rio Tuesday.
Phillip Dutton, of Pennsylvania, and his mount Mighty Nice, won the bronze individual medal behind the unstoppable Michael Jung of Germany and France’s Astier Nicolas.
This is Dutton’s 6th Olympics and third career medal. The 53-year-old won team eventing gold in 1996 and 2000 for his native Australia. Dutton became a U.S. citizen in 2006.
The win is the biggest career finish for Mighty Nice, a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by the HND Group. The gelding, also known as Happy, was owned by Bruce Duchossois who died in 2014.
“It’s been a great weekend for the horse,” noted Dutton. “He got a little knocked around yesterday, so I was just grateful to get here. It’s been a great achievement for him. Bruce would be really proud of him. I was happy with fourth and now I am quite ecstatic with third!”
Dutton’s teammate, Boyd Martin, aboard Blackfoot Mystery finished 16th.