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For Immediate Release
Friday, May, 27, 2011
Contact: Brice Carr
Marketing & Communications Manager

Saddlebred Takes Second in Combined Driving Event

Lexington, Kentucky - As further evidence of the breed's versatility, an American Saddlebred, A Savannah Day (Trooper), recently took second place in a Combined Driving Event (CDE).

At the Gayla Bluegrass Combined Driving Event, which took place Saturday, May 21, through Sunday, May 22, Trooper placed second in the Training Level Division, despite this being his first CDE. Trooper is a Saddlebred gelding owned by Darryl Leifheit and Janeene Jennings-Leifheit, and was driven in this event by his trainer, Sterling Graburn, with Darryl navigating during the Marathon.

Said Darryl Leifheit about Trooper's performance, "He has only been in training for driving since January 15. Even though he was a bit nervous and had some bobbles Saturday during Dressage, he made up for it Sunday with the Marathon. He was really super good and seemed to enjoy the Marathon and hazards."

Trooper's impressive showing at this event is just one of the increasingly common examples of American Saddlebreds demonstrating the breed's versatility, by competing and excelling in various disciplines, such as CDE, Endurance, and many others.



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