Susan Dutta & Currency Recovered & Winning IHS Champions Cup CDI3* Grand Prix Special – Complete CDI Results
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
LOXAHATCHEE, Florida, Mar. 26–Susan Dutta waited 10 months to be sure her Currency DC fully recovered from an injury and the 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding showed he was back and fully fit by winning the IHS Champions Cup CDI3* Grand Prix Special Saturday.
The victory came in only the fifth international competition at Grand Prix for the horse owned by her husband, Tim–the DC in the name stands for Dutta Corp., the international horse shipping business he operates. Three were in Spain and Germany in early 2010 before the injury they feared may end his competition career and other earlier this month in the World Dressage Masters.
Susan of Wellington, Florida, and Currency scored 67.021 per cent despite going off course and some “mistakes by the jockey,” while James Kofford of Raleigh, North Carolina and Rhett were second on 66.479 per cent and Loxahatchee-based Canadian Shannon Dueck and Ayscha third on 65.917 per cent.
For the Duttas, the injury was not another bump in the road that horse owner’s learn to live with but a threat to the hopes they harbored since acquiring Currency at age 2 1/2 from their good friend and business partner, Guido Klatte of Lastrup, Germany.
“We gave Curry as much time as was recommended for him to recover and then more as we wanted him to come back so completely recovered that the injury should have no effect in the future,” Susan said.
“Our vet, Dr. Rick Mitchell, watched the performance… and I think he was very happy with what he saw.”
Very happy was not the way observers saw it. Dr. Mitchell and Tim were visibly moved; some said they were tearful.
A major change for Susan has been that the injury was a lesson in allowing the horse time to develop and to work with Wellington-based Oded Shimoni who has ridden for Israel at three World Equestrian Games.
“He has helped me a great deal,” she said, “especially in areas where I may not be as strong as I should be. Now, when I ride Curry I feel he is at peace… he is settled and happy. I love the program Oded has me on.
“We are taking it step by step, getting Curry fitter and stronger, dealing with what we need to deal with to become better, building layer on layer.”
She said the goal for 2011 is to qualify for the U.S. Grand Prix Championships at Gladstone, New Jersey in September and then consider some European competitions early in 2012 aiming for the London Olympics.
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