International Combined Driving Competitor
Born February 20th, 1963, Sterling Graburn has been involved with horses all of his life. His mother, Sally Eastman Graburn, was a well-established trainer continuing a family tradition that began with his great grandfather.
Sterling was brought up in southeastern Pennsylvania, an area steeped in equestrian tradition. He spent his early childhood competing in combined training, in part as a member of the Radnor Hunt Pony Club, adding combined driving in his teens. He owes his strong dressage foundation to his mother who was always a dressage trainer first and emphasized that dressage is training on the continuum.
Sterling is a nationally recognized handler of sport horses, winning championships at the prestigious Dressage at Devon, and Horse of the Year Awards from the United States Dressage Federation as well as USEF. While Sterling presents horses for breed inspections and sport horse in-hand shows, his true love is the sport of Combined Driving. He began his driving career in 1978, and entered his first Combined Driving Event in 1979.
Sterling participated in his first international event in 1984 as navigator for the four-in-hand of Emil-Bernhard Jung, a member of the American team, at the World Four-in-Hand Championships in Szilvasvarad, Hungary. In 1993, he again was navigator, this time for numerous times National Pair Champion Lawrence Poulin, at Gladstone, New Jersey, for the World Pairs Championship. Sterling was groom/navigator for his partner, Wendy Ying, DVM at the 2005 World Pony Championships at Catton Hall, England.
In 2006, Sterling competed as an individual at the World Singles Championships at Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy, where he was fourth on the marathon and the highest overall placed American driver with Alexander Hewitt’s Belgian Warmblood gelding, Quincey. Sterling has thrice won the FEI Top Driver Award, North American Challenge, Single Horse championship. In 2008 he won the USEF National Combined Driving Single Horse National Championship with Dante, a Sport Cob owned in partnership with Dr. Wendy Ying, and Dante won USEF Combined Driving Single Horse of the Year 2008.
Sterling competes in both Pleasure and Combined Driving, with singles, pairs, tandems, unicorns, and four-in-hands. Sterling, along with Wendy Ying, DVM, operates the Kingsforth Hall Training Center in Bonifay, Fl. where they specialize in teaching horses and their people to ride and drive.
1st Live Oak CAI-A and USEF National Single Championship 2008 – Dante
1st Sunshine State CAI-B 2008 – Dante
4th Laurels At Landhope CAI-B and USEF National Pony Championship 2008 – Nova
4th Live Oak CAI-A 2007 – High Country Doc
1st Sunshine State CAI-B 2007 – High Country Doc
3th Bromont International Driving Can-Am 2007 – High Country Doc
3rd Live Oak CAI-A 2006 – Quincey
2nd Sunshine State CAI-B 2006 – Quincey
1st Bromont International Driving Can-Am 2006 – Quincey
18th FEI World Singles Driving Championships, Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy, US Individual – Quincey
2004 FEI Top Driver Award, North American Challenge, Single Horse Champion
2005 FEI Top Driver Award, North American Challenge, Single Horse Champion
2008 USEF National Combined Driving Single Horse Champion
2008 FEI Top Driver Award, North American Challenge, Single Horse Champion