The farmer's son learned to ride on the family farm. He received his secondary education in Sydney, and he later earned a degree in agronomy. In 1991 he settled in the U.S. in order to face the competition- even riding a larger competition. At the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, he belonged and his horse True Blue Girdwood to the Australian team that won the gold medal. He repeated this success four years later in Sydney (on House Doctor ).
1998 and 2000 to 2007 Dutton was chosen by the American Association of Eventing rider for the year 2005 it to the world equestrian federation FEI chose the world's best rider of the year. In 2006, Dutton announced that he has accepted American citizenship. In 2007, he was the Rolex Kentucky Three Day for the first time for the United States at the start, the same year he won at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, the gold medal in the team standings ( at Truluck ). In 2008, he scored the first victory at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day.
Dutton lives with his wife and three daughters in Avondale in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and operates a farm.