Sterling Graburn and Ulano Still No.1 in Single Horse
Team Sterling took a giant step forward on the road to the Combined Driving Single Horse World Championships at the Little Everglades International Combined Driving Event in Dade City, Fla.
The first USEF Selection Trial was held Feb. 23, with Team Sterling placing third overall.
Sterling Graburn drove away with first place in the dressage test with a score of 40.1, and took third in the marathon phase, which was enough to keep him at the top of the field. But a tough and technical cones course promised to be a game changer and it was. There was only one double clear in the FEI division, dropping Graburn and his equine partner Ulano, owned by Larry Denny, to third.
"Our dressage and marathon phases at Little Everglades were great," said Graburn, "and I have a good feel for how to go forward with cones at our next trial."
The 2012 Single Horse World Championships will be held at Lezirias, Portugal Sept. 12-16. Graburn and Ulano are the only Kentucky horse and driver in the running and look to be in a good position for final placings on the U.S. team.
To help with international competition costs, TeamSterling is hosting a fundraiser on March 16 at Spindletop Hall in Lexington, KY. Guests will enjoy cocktails, dinner, drinks, and music.
Silent auction items will be available throughout the evening and include a Kentucky Oaks and Derby ticket package, a Napa Valley vacation for two, and much more.
Tickets are $100 and can be reserved by calling 605-366-1931 or emailing Info@TeamSterlingDriving.com.
All proceeds benefit Sterling Graburn's competitive efforts to bring home a gold medal from the FEI World Singles Driving Championship.
If you cannot make it to the event but would still like to make a donation to Team Sterling, please contact Kathy Gilbertson Smock (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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