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Caitie Hope and Lyle Win Fourth Consecutive Championship in Small Junior Hunters

Tampa, FL - March 25, 2008 - This past week at the Tampa Equestrian Festival, Caitie Hope of Barrington, IL, guided her mount Lyle to win their fourth consecutive championship in the Small Junior 16-17 Hunter division. Hope, who rides with Diane Carney and Telluride Farm, paired with Lyle for the first time at the HITS Ocala circuit, and they have been on a winning streak ever since.

"She showed him for the very first time on Friday of week three at HITS in Ocala," commented Carney, her trainer. "They are now four for four! They've been champion of the older Small Juniors for the last four consecutive weeks - the last three weeks in Ocala and the first week here at the Tampa Equestrian Festival."

"What makes Caitie so effective as a rider is that she has beautiful timing, and she is also very disciplined," said Carney. "The horses really like her, and the owner of Lyle, Stephanie Keen, loves to watch her horse compete. It's nice to have such an enthusiastic owner. We really have a great team, and I think Caitie and Lyle are a winning combination."

In the Small Junior 16-17 Hunters at the Tampa Equestrian Festival, Hope won three classes and pinned second in the other two, securing the tricolor. "She was pretty sharp this week," revealed Carney. "It was a bit of a whirlwind because she participated in the International Hunter Derby in Wellington last week, and we drove to Tampa on Friday night. We arrived in Tampa at about 1 a.m., and she got up early the next morning to show. Even though she didn't get much sleep, she rode really well and went right to it. She did a great job, especially under the circumstances."

Carney is based out of Hampshire, IL, at her hunter/jumper show stable, Telluride Farm. She has been both an active participant and influential trainer in the equestrian community for many years. Her contributions to the industry extend to the many clinics that she teaches every year, in addition to those that she hosts annually for U.S. Show Jumping Chef d'Equipe George H. Morris and top hunter/jumper trainer Don Stewart Jr.

Carney is also a driving force behind the United States Hunter Jumper Association's High Performance Hunter Committee, which has developed a program that brings the lost art of tradition and horsemanship back to the show ring. The $50,000 International Hunter Derby in Wellington is one of many high performance hunter events originated by the USHJA.

The horses and riders at Carney's Telluride Farm will continue to show at the Tampa Equestrian Festival at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Festival in Tampa, FL.



Photo: Caitie Hope and Lyle. Photo (C) 2008 Jennifer Wood. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

 

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