MANNKATO AND STERLING: TO THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND HOME
Organized by: Sterling Graburn
August 17, 2016
EVENT DATE Aug 10, 2016
Sterling D. B. Graburn is a veteran of the Gulf War, and a horse trainer, coach and competitor. He has won the US National Championship title twice, and was the highest placed American driver in his two previous World Championships. It is his goal to be able to compete on the US team in the 2016 World Championships of carriage driving. Sterling is driving a 15 year old horse named Mannkato. "Kato", as he is known around the barn, was a horse without a job three years ago. He had been trained as a dressage horse, but circumstances had ended his training. He was sent to Sterling late in 2013 to see if he remembered the 30 days of carriage training he had received as a 3 year old. Sterling and Kato hit it off, despite Kato's lack of experience. In 2014 they made their competitive debut, coming home with two Championships from each of the shows they competed in at the Preliminary level. In 2015, lack of sponsorship kept them from showing early in the season, but in the fall, Sterling and Kato made the jump to the Advanced (international) level and were 2nd and 3rd in their first two shows. Since then, the duo have continued to improve their consistent performance in all three phases of the competition; dressage, cross - country, and cones. They have never been out of the top three placings, and have either been 1st or 2nd in every cross country phase. The United States Equestrian Federation is offering $3500 to each of the drivers to travel to Europe to compete at the World Championships against approximately 40 other nations. The estimate for each horse, driver, and groom/navigator to travel to and from Europe is $20,000. The balance of the fundraising goal is taken up with travel to one final warm up competition, housing, stabling, feeding horse and humans, and various other costs of travel and competition. Sterling, along with the two other top ranked drivers, are the best team the US has had to compete in these single horse World Championships in many years. Please help them represent the US and go for the Gold! Any funds above the target goal will be shared equally with the other drivers.