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Graburn Produces Wire-to-Wire Victory to Claim Second USEF National Single
Sterling Graburn claims his second USEF National Championship (Picsofyou.com)
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April 15, 2012
Raeford, NC -The USEF National Single Horse Championship concluded Sunday
afternoon at the Carolina Horse Park, with the cones phase shaking up the
final standings. Time faults and balls down proved extremely costly for
competitors all day at the Southern Pines CDE, which hosted the USEF
National Championship. Sterling Graburn seized the lead in the Single Horse
division during Friday's dressage and refused to relent over Richard
Nicoll's challenging marathon and cones courses to produce a wire-
Graburn (Georgetown, KY) held his nerve and drove a determined, confident
cones phase on the Twin Gates Farm Derby Field to claim his second USEF
National Champion title. Driving Larry Denny's Ulano, Graburn added three
faults for a knock down and just .43 time penalties over Sunday's course to
complete on a score of 119.76.
"It's always better to be double clear. I had one mistake that cost me the
time fault and one ball down but he drove really well. I felt really good
coming into today's cones." Graburn reflected on today's performance.
His focus, like many other National Championship competitors, now is on the
2012 Singles World Driving Championships to be held in Lezirias, Portugal
September 12-16. The Southern Pines CDE also served as a Selection Trial for
these World Championships.
"He (Ulano) has been steadily progressing. I thought we would peak at this
show and we did. We will keep on practicing and hopefully will end up on the
top of the World game in Portugal."
Donna Crookston collected second place honors with her own RG Cowboys Black
Cadillac on the strength of a magnificent fault-free cones round for an
overall score of 129.82. Sara Schmitt and her own Kaboom finished in third
place with a score of 130.30.
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