About

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. He 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.

Beginning his driving career in 1978, 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 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 CS Dante of Earl, a Sport Cob co-owned with Dr. Wendy Ying. Dante also won USEF Combined Driving Single Reserve Horse of the Year for 2008.

Continuing the success earned with Quincey, in 2012 and 2016 Sterling competed Ulano (KWPN) and Ulano’s half brother, Mannkato at the World Singles Championships. After winning another US National Championship title with Ulano in 2012, the combination continued on to the World Singles Championships in Portugal where they were the highest-placed US competitors. In 2016 in Austria, Sterling and Mannkato were the highest placed US competitors.

Sterling continues to train and compete in both Pleasure and Combined Driving, with singles, pairs, tandems, unicorns and four-in-hands. Since 2010, he has been located in the vicinity of Lexington, Kentucky.

COMPETITIVE HIGHLIGHTS

Combined Driving:
4th World Equestrian Games Test Event CAI2* 2018 – Gellerduht
Highest Placed US driver FEI World Singles Championships, Piber Koflach, Austria 2016 – Mannkato
Highest placed US driver Les Attelages de L’yonne CAI3*, Chablis, France 2016 – Mannkato
3rd Live Oak CAI2* 2016 – Mannkato
2nd Little Everglades CAI2* 2016 – Mannkato
3rd Hermitage CAI2* 2015 – Mannkato
2nd Kentucky Classic CAI2* 2015 – Mannkato
1st Kentucky Classic CAI2* 2014 – Wesley
Highest placed US driver FEI World Singles Driving Championships, Companhia das Lezirias, Portugal, US Team Member – Ulano
Highest placed US driver Paarden Spektakel CAI-A Beekbergen, Netherlands 2012 – Ulano
1st Southern Pines CDE and USEF National Singles Championship 2012 – Ulano
2nd Live Oak International CAI 2012 – Ulano
3rd Little Everglades International CAI  2012 – Ulano
1st Live Oak CAI-A and USEF National Single Championship 2008 – CS Dante of Earl
1st Sunshine State CAI-B 2008 -CS Dante of Earl
1st Sunshine State CAI-B 2007 – High Country Doc
Highest placed US driver – FEI World Singles Driving Championships, Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy, US Individual – Quincey
3rd Live Oak CAI-A 2006 – Quincey
2nd Sunshine State CAI-B 2006 – Quincey
1st Bromont International Driving Can-Am 2006 – Quincey

Numerous Pleasure Driving Championships including:
Single Horse Champion, Lexington Carriage Classic 2018 – Daranna
Single Horse Champion, CAA Carriage Classic 2012 – Ulano
Horse/Pony Four-in Hand Reserve Champion, CAA Carriage Classic 2011 – Moto Guzzi, Montesa, Ducati II, and Velocette

INTERNATIONAL TITLES/AWARDS
2008 FEI Top Driver Award, North American Challenge, Single Horse Champion
2005 FEI Top Driver Award, North American Challenge, Single Horse Champion
2004 FEI Top Driver Award, North American Challenge, Single Horse Champion

NATIONAL TITLES/AWARDS
2012 USEF Combined Driving Single Horse National Champion – Ulano
2008 USEF Combined Driving Single Horse National Champion – CS Dante of Earl
2008 USEF Combined Driving Horse of the Year, Single Horse Reserve Champion
2005 USEF Combined Driving Single Horse Reserve National Champion – Quincey

AWARDS
2008 NW Florida Chapter of the Deep South Dressage and Combined Training Association Joyce Kuhn Memorial Sportsmanship Award

ASSOCIATIONS
American Driving Society
American Dutch Harness Horse Association
Carriage Association of America
KY Spokes and Spurs
United States Dressage Federation
United States Equestrian Federation
Black Horse for Heroes – Advisor to the Board, Coach

CERTIFICATIONS
United States Pony Clubs Graduate B
Carriage Association of America Driver Certification Level II

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