Raeford, NC – Suzy Stafford and her seven-year-old Morgan mare PVF Peace Of Mind (affectionately known as “Hunny”) drove the competition out of the horse park at the Southern Pines CDE this April with impressive results in every phase of the competition. Stafford earned the title of overall Reserve Champion.
The Southern Pines CDE USEF National Singles Championship was held at the Carolina Horse Park in Raeford, North Carolina on April 11- 13, 2014. Suzy Stafford of Wilmington, Delaware kept her record of victories going strong throughout the competition. She placed first in the marathon phase, second in the dressage phase, and fourth in the cones phase. Her scores put her in Reserve Champion position for the overall competition. Stafford’s performance in the marathon phase was so remarkable that she received a perpetual trophy in addition to her first place score. “It was the Milton Long Perpetual Trophy and it was for the best advanced marathon of the entire show. This trophy honors the late son of International driver Bill Long and and his wife Linda. His son had a strong interest in his fathers passion and it is nice to remember him is this way,” Stafford explained.
Despite Stafford’s outstanding performances throughout the weekend, her favorite part of the show was reaching a personal goal she had set for herself and her equine partner Hunny. “I would say the best thing would be the progression in the marathon as far as the mare goes. My homework between Live Oak and Southern Pines was to work on her marathon, and I did accomplish that.” She certainly has the results and the trophy to prove it.
Stafford would like to thank her sponsors, her navigator Larry Hart, and her groom Marry Fetters for helping make her success possible. Ever since 2004 when Stafford became the first American and youngest driver to ever win an Individual Gold Medal in an international driving competition, she has met continuous success in competitions.
She and Hunny, who Stafford purchased at the age of three, are a particularly unstoppable duo with high-set goals and the talent to reach them. International competition is next on their agenda. “I will do a smaller prep show here in August, and then ship over to Europe the first week of September. In the perfect scenario, I would compete over in Europe and then compete in the World Championships in Hungary.” Stafford is currently working on plans for sponsorships and a possible auction to raise the funds that she and Hunny will need to be able to show off their talent worldwide.
For more information about Suzy Stafford and Hunny, visit www.staffordcarriagedriving.com or call (302) 540 5162.