Dade City, FL- Gold Medal driver Suzy Stafford had stellar performances in 2011 winning the IFSHA National Friesian driving Championship and the second consecutive Individual Bronze medal for the United States. Stafford has started 2012 with a promising future with her young Morgan horse, PVF Peace of Mind or “Hunny” as she is known by her closest friends. Stafford and Hunny finished dressage at the top of the leader board at the Little Everglades Combined Driving Event, earning the best dressage score in their division.
“Hunny is the most settled young horse I have ever worked with,” Stafford said. “She is five years old, but she goes into the arena as if she has been doing this for years. I am really looking forward to her progress as she develops and gets stronger.”
Stafford and Hunny held onto their lead through the marathon and cones day. The pair put in a double clear round being one of the few and far between. Stafford recalls “The course was very technical with many challenging turns and a time that was hard to make.
Stafford has proven over the years that she has the ability to find and develop young driving horses, driving them into the winner’s circle at national and international events. “I am excited about Hunny because she is a lovely mover with great character, a good mind and correct conformation,” Stafford said. “My goal with Hunny is to move her up through the levels of Combined Driving with plans for the International stage!”
Stafford, who operates Stafford Carriage Driving out of Chester County, Pennsylvania, was the youngest and first American driver to win an Individual Gold Medal with Cefnoakpark Bouncer at the 2005 World Pony Driving Championships in England. Since then she has continued to drive to success, being named the 2005 Driver of the Year by Chronicle of the Horse, winning the 2008 and 2009 National Single Pony Championship with Courage to Lead, and being awarded the Becky Hart Trophy in 2009. In 2011, Stafford Miss Josephine put in a brilliant performance at the 2011 FEI World Pony Driving Championships in Slovenia where they were awarded with the Individual Bronze Medal, Stafford’s second consecutive Individual Bronze.
For more information on Stafford, visit her website at www.staffordcarriagedriving.com.
Photo: Champion Driver Suzy Stafford and PVF Peace of Mind during their double clean cones round to win the Little Everglades Combined Driving Event in Dade City, FL. Photo Credit: Anita Jansen