Chester County, PA – Gold medalist Suzy Stafford and her new partner TTE Tea Time, owned by Wendy O’Brien of Trout Walk Farm, bring home the Advanced Championship at the Katydid Combined Driving Event held in Windsor, SC. Suzy made history in 2005 when she won the first Individual Gold medal at the World Pony Championships for the United States. She has continued to medal at the World Championships in 2007, 2009 and most recently in 2011 winning the Individual Silver for the United States.
Suzy has high hopes for her new equine partner “Trae”, an 8 year old Morgan Gelding owned by Wendy O’Brien. Stafford was thrilled with her performance at the Advanced level after a stellar performance in all three phases of the tough competition. “This was his first showing at the advanced level. Even though I was a bit hesitant to move him up, I thought he needed the exposure. Boy was I wrong; he was cool calm and competitive and proved to me that he has what it takes for the FEI stage. I was ecstatic with his performance!” says Suzy, smiling from ear to ear. “Trae” is a natural competitor, he knows when to “turn it on” and that is something you cannot train. They have to be born with it,” Stafford says.
“Trae” was found by Stafford in Wisconsin and purchased for her by Wendy O’Brien of Trout Walk Farm at the end of March of this year. Wendy and Suzy have the same goal for “Trae” and both have their sights set on the 2013 World Pony Championships in Poe, France. Suzy is known around the globe for her talent for developing equines for the International stage. In her relatively short driving career, Stafford has been long listed with the United States Equestrian Federation with eight different equines. We can now add another equine to that list. “Striving for success is simple when my owners and sponsors believe wholeheartedly in my judgment, skill and training program,” Stafford says. Stafford operates her Stafford Carriage Driving facility out of Chester County in Pennsylvania from April to December and is stationed in Aiken, South Carolina from January through March.
“I have a great team of sponsors and a new owner who really supports me, both financially and through products,” Stafford said. “I appreciate all that my sponsors do for me. We are a team and I am so grateful for that.”
Stafford is a highly sought after clinician and also trains horses and teaches students out of her Stafford Carriage Driving facility. To learn more about Stafford, visit her website at www.staffordcarriagedriving.com.