The championships have come and gone, and we are very proud of Sterling and Ulano’s performance on the world stage! Sterling started the competition with a tough Dressage time draw- early on day one of two of Dressage competition. They finished with a score of 57.47. Team USA finished dressage strongly, putting them in 4th heading into marathon. Saturday proved to be a great day for Sterling, finishing 21st out of 70 drivers including being the fastest in one of the hazards and at the top of the pack in a few others! Unfortunately the rest of the US team did not have as good of day putting them in 8th going into cones. The upward trend continued for Sterling and Ulano on Sunday where they drove a fantastic cones course finishing 10th! Teammate Donna Crookston also had a strong cones run finishing 9th, just in front of Sterling. Factoring in the final strong showing in cones, Team USA moved up to finish 6th out of 19 countries. Sterling finished the weekend 22nd of 70 drivers total, and the top American driver.
This experience could not have happened without the support of everyone that has given not only financially, but with their time and resources towards Sterling and Ulano’s efforts. We cannot say thank you enough for the incredible support!
Look for more detailed accounts from the championships once Sterling has returned home.
The moment we have all been waiting for has arrived- the World Singles Championships! Sterling and Ulano traveled to Portugal from their training base in Germany over the weekend, and are now settled in to the competition grounds. Yesterday evening featured the Nations Dinner where each participating country brought their favorite native dishes to share. Today brought the initial vet inspection which all three US horses passed with flying colors. Following the vet inspection came the official drawing for dressage and marathon times. The team competes at the following times: Dressage Thursday: 9:40 (4:40 am EST) Graburn, 17:00 Crookston, Friday: 14.20 Berndl. Marathon Saturday: 12.00 Berndl, 13.40 (8:40 am EST) Graburn 16.15 Crookston. Cones times will be set after all competitors complete the marathon on Saturday. To follow live results visit: http://www.hoefnet.nl/en/home/site/uitslagen/b4d7e9c3c2fafd67faae77dfedcf3839.
Attached are a few pictures from today’s jog. If you have any messages for Sterling, please either respond to this email or post to the facebook page. A daily results email will be sent until the end of the competition.
Thank you again for all of your support along the way. GO USA!
Sterling and Ulano have had a busy summer. The pair left the country on July 15th, flying into Amsterdam and traveling to their first competition: Beekbergen July 19th – 22nd. Sterling put in a solid performance in dressage, finished the marathon safely, and was ranked 8th in cones, driving a clear round with just some time penalties. That put him in 16th out of 40 drivers for the weekend. He was generally happy with how the show went, and it gave him good information about what he needed to do to improve for the next two competitions.
The second competition was in Beesd, Holland August 2nd – 5th. He started the competition with a strong dressage test ending up 2nd of 22 with a score of 41.39! After completing cones the same day, Sterling sat in 6th going into marathon. Saturday proved to be a good day for Sterling, finishing 4th in marathon (the top American for the day). Michiel Kwinten navigated for him at this show, and Sterling felt much more confident than at Beekbergen with his new Glinkowski Falcon marathon vehicle. Final results for the US competitors were: Sterling 3rd, Donna Crookston 13th, and Sarah Schmidt 16th.
Ulano and Sterling are now at team coach Michael Freund’s farm in Germany for final training prior to Portugal. Sterling reported that training has been going well, even with Coach Freund’s tough cones courses set with only 15 cm clearance! On August 20th, the USEF officially announced that Sterling and Ulano, along with three other US drivers, have been entered for the World Championships.
Thank you all for your support. Only three more weeks until the World Championships!
The following was released following the Southern Pines CDE last month:
GEORGETOWN, KY – APRIL 17, 2012 - Kentucky-based equestrian Sterling Graburn went wire-to-wire this weekend at the Southern Pines Combined Driving Event to claim his second USEF National Single Horse Championship title.
The National Championship ran concurrently with the Southern Pines CDE, which was held at the Carolina Horse Park April 13-15.
On Friday Graburn, driving the Larry Denny-owned Ulano, took the lead during the dressage phase of the championship CDE and continued to dominate the competition over the marathon and cones courses, which were contested over the remainder of the weekend. Graburn finished first overall with a final score 119.76, besting the second place finisher by more than 10 points.
The Southern Pines CDE also served as a United States Equestrian Federation Selection Trial that will determine team members for the 2012 Singles World Driving Championships, to be held in Lezirias, Portugal September 12-16.
The win puts Graburn, who is also the head trainer at the Gayla Driving Center in Georgetown, KY, that much closer to a coveted spot on the team, which is expected to be named in August. Graburn is the only Kentucky-based driver eligible for a spot on the Single Horse team.
“Ulano has been steadily progressing,” said Graburn following the win. “I thought we would peak at this show and we did. We will keep on practicing and hopefully end up on the top of the world championships in Portugal.”
Graburn is a nationally recognized handler of sport horses. He has won championships at the prestigious Dressage at Devon, and Horse of the Year Awards from the United States Dressage Federation as well as USEF. He claimed his first USEF National Single Horse Championship in 2008.
In order to continue the quest for the gold in Portugal, Team Sterling has launched numerous fund-raising efforts to put the talented competitors on the road. For more information about sponsorships or to make a donation contact Team Sterling’s Kathy Gilbertson-Smock at email@example.com. < or click here to view sponsorship information >
Non-tax deductible donations may be made to:
P.O. Box 11635
Lexington, KY 40576
Tax-deductible donations may be made to:
The American Horse Trials Foundation, Inc.
221 Grove Cove Road
Centreville, MD 21617,
Tele: (443) 262-9555
Media inquiries: contact Cynthia Grisolia (347) 423-7322 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Gayla Driving Center, 3329 Cynthiana Rd, Georgetown, KY 40324
Link to the Facebook Event Page: Click here
Come join us for a night of music, horses, and fun!
There will be live demonstrations by FEI Reiner Lyndsey Jordan, FEI Dressage rider Nikki Levy riding her award winning Grand Prix Freestyle, and 2012 USEF Single Horse Combined Driving Champion Sterling Graburn and “Ulano”.
Musical entertainment by local band Delaney Ferry. Other highlights include:
*Free Carriage Rides
***Tickets $20 before June 15th, $25 June 15th or after***
Limited tickets available at the door.
Kids ages 10 & under accompanied by an adult receive a free hot dog meal
Contact info@TeamSterlingDriving.com to purchase tickets or with questions.
Admission includes a BBQ dinner from Fat Boys BBQ from Georgetown, KY- INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! =)
****All proceeds benefit Team Sterling. Sterling Graburn is already the 2012 National Champion, help him get to the 2012 World Championships to represent Kentucky and the USA!***
Seating available but guests are encouraged to bring picnic blankets and/or chairs.
Date: 6/22/12, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm