Hub Club Clinic: May 27-28, 2017
Fox Valley Saddle Association, Hampshire, IL
Sterling is a nationally recognized handler of sport horses, winning championships at the prestigious Dressage at Devon, and Horse of the Year Awards from the United States Dressage Federation as well as USEF. While Sterling presents horses for breed inspections and sport horse in-hand shows, his true love is the sport of driving. He began his driving career in 1977, and entered his first Combined Driving Event in 1979.
Sterling participated in his first international event in1984 as navigator for the four-in-hand of Emil-Bernhard Jung, a member of the American team, at the World Four-in-Hand Championships in Szilvasvarad, Hungary. In 1993, he again was navigator, this time for numerous times National Pair Champion Lawrence Poulin, at Gladstone, New Jersey, for the World Pairs Championship. Sterling was groom/navigator for Wendy Ying, DVM at the 2005 World Pony Championships at Catton Hall, England.
In 2006, Sterling competed as an individual at the World Singles Championships at Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy, where he was fourth on the marathon and the highest overall placed American driver with Alexander Hewitt’s Belgian Warmblood gelding, Quincey. Sterling has thrice won the FEI Top Driver Award, North American Challenge, Single Horse championship. In 2008 he won the USEF National Combined Driving Single Horse National Championship with Dante, a Sport Cob owned in partnership Dr. Wendy Ying, and Dante won USEF Combined Driving Single Reserve Horse of the Year 2008.
Sterling competes in both Pleasure and Combined Driving, with singles, pairs, tandems, unicorns, and four-in-hands. Sterling, along with Dr. Ying operated the Kingsforth Hall Training Center and Wysiwyg Sport Cobs in Bonifay, FL where they specialized in teaching horses and their people to ride and drive.
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