Driven to Succeed: Morgan


PVF Peace of Mind

Morgans were favored in 18th and 19th century America for pulling carriages and plows, and serving as Pony Express mounts. Today, the refined yet strong, muscular Morgan excels in western and English disciplines as well as competitive trail riding and driving.

SUZY STAFFORD • Wilmington, Del.

Horses: TTE Tea Time (“Trae”) and PVF Peace of Mind (“Hunny”)

About Suzy: Suzy’s interest in horses began at a young age. She rose through the ranks of the United States Pony Club as a kid, excelling in eventing. After a leg injury, she channeled her competitive nature into carriage driving.

About Hunny: Suzy got Hunny in 2010. She’s a 6-year-old, 15.2-hand bay mare.

About Trae: Trae is a 9-year-old, 14.1-hand black gelding owned by Wendy O’Brien of Trout Walk farm.

What kind of driving do you do?
Combined, pleasure and show driving.

What do you love most about driving?
I like the fact that it is a challenging sport or hobby that someone with physical limitations can participate in. I love the challenge of training horses to reach their individual potential.


TTE Tea Time

What else do you do with your horses?

All of my driving horses are also ridden for recreation to enhance their training in the carriage and develop different muscle groups.

What is your favorite thing about Morgans?

Their strength, power and athleticism relative to their size (14 to 15.2 hands). They have an unbelievable work ethic, high intelligence and a kind nature.

What makes Hunny a great driving horse?

Hunny is extremely confident. She seems to know what is expected of her and when to turn on the charm for the show-ring, but also when to be calm. She has a lovely way of going. We’re hoping to make it to the 2014 World Combined Driving Championships in Italy.

What makes Trae a great driving horse?

Trae loves his job! He is always excited to see the carriage come out of the stable. He is unbelievably sensible with a fabulous work ethic. Like Hunny, Trae has a show-ring presence that cannot be taught. He has solid feet and straight, correct legs—very important in a driving horse.

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This article originally appeared in the October 2013 issue of Horse Illustrated. Click here to subscribe!



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