Page 44 - The Hunt - Summer 2018
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                 The
Carriage
 Trade Driver Suzy Stafford
By Roger Morris Photography by Jim Graham
“This is the famous one,” Suzy Stafford says as she leads a beautiful, chestnut-colored Morgan mare into the barn at her carriage-driving training facility in Chesapeake City. “Her name is PVF Peace of Mind, but
we just call her Hunny.”
This morning, Hunny—natural beauty and athletic
ability notwithstanding—is undergoing a total-body haircut as part of her grooming before a competition at Katydid Farm in South Carolina. It’s difficult to know who’s more famous—the horse or the driver who trains her. In 2015, Hunny was named the International Horse of the Year by the United States Equestrian Federation. Stafford, meanwhile, has been winning
international driving medals since 2004. Last year, she took second in dressage at the International Federation for Equestrian Sports World Single Driving Horse Championships, held in Austria. As with most eques- trian competition, a partnership of horse and driver is crucial—and together Stafford and Hunny are just about unstoppable.
In any sport, it’s hard to beat someone who is both talented and competitively hungry. Athletes often have one of these attributes, but only the great ones have both. Stafford has both, and she has the international trophies and medals to prove it.
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