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Caitie Hope Wins Small Junior 16-17 Hunter Stake Class at Devon Horse Show

Devon, PA - May 26, 2008 - Caitie Hope of Barrington, IL, continued her winning ways this past weekend at the Devon Horse Show in Devon, PA. Hope took first place in the Small Junior 16-17 Hunter Stake aboard Lyle, and the pair also won second and third in the junior hunter division. Lyle is owned by Stephanie Keen and trained by Don Stewart, Jr. Hope rides with Diane Carney at Telluride Farm.

"Caitie rode beautifully in the hunters and was solid in her equation and jumper classes," commented Carney. "To have a great year like this, where she's been able to get past her nerves and ride and be a contender, I think it really speaks to her riding ability."

"She earned fourth with La Paz in the junior jumpers and had a great round in the Show Jumping Hall of Fame class," added Carney. "This was her first time showing in the junior jumpers at the Devon Horse Show, and it was a great experience. Of course, the experience comes with great moments and learning moments; I'm glad to see she is in the right direction and handling both well."

Hope, who earned ribbons with North Run's Caped Crusader in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunters, also ranked in fourth place for the "Best Child Rider on a Horse" award. "To finish in the top four for the best child rider was an honor," noted Carney. "She was ranked high among an amazing group of kids, and I am very proud of her and all of her hard work."

This has been a banner year for Hope. She earned the HITS Ocala Circuit Championship in the older Small Junior Hunters for her consistent success on Lyle, and the pair was also recognized with the Circuit Championship at the Tampa Equestrian Festival. Also in Tampa, Hope was presented with the William R. "Bill" Fitch Sportsmanship Award before the start of the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational at Raymond James Stadium. After earning top ribbons at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show in Lexington, Hope then took home the Small Junior 16-17 Hunter Championship with Lyle at the Atlanta Spring Premiere Horse Show in Conyers, GA. Her recent success at the Devon Horse Show added more ribbons to Hope's expanding collection.

"I want to be sure to thank Don Stewart and Stephanie [Keen] for all of their support this year," added Carney. "Don trained Caitie when she showed in Atlanta, and Stephanie loves to watch Lyle show. She cheers them on from the sidelines, and it's nice to have an owner who is so enthusiastic. We have a great team, and this year has been spectacular."

The horses and riders at Carney's Telluride Farm will show next in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Photo: Caitie Hope on Lyle. Photo (C) 2008 Randi Muster. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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