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Caitie Hope and Lyle Triumph for Third Consecutive Championship Indoors at Washington International Horse Show

Washington, D.C. - October 28, 2008 - Caitie Hope's winning streak continued this past week at the prestigious Washington International Horse Show in Washington, D.C. Sixteen-year-old Hope of Barrington, IL, earned her third consecutive championship in the Small Junior 16-17 Hunter division with her incredible mount Lyle. Lyle, owned by Stephanie Keen and trained by Don Stewart, recently captured top tricolors at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA, and the Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, MD. Hope trains with Diane Carney at Telluride Farm.

The talented young rider competes in the hunter, jumper, and equitation divisions, and this year her partnership with Lyle resulted in unprecedented success in the Small Junior Hunters. In addition to winning the HITS Ocala Circuit Championship and the Tampa Equestrian Festival Circuit Championship, the pair won numerous championships at shows across the country.

Diane Carney enthused, "Caitie, her mom, and I were reflecting on this year because you love to win a class, you love to be champion, and you love to be circuit champion. Caitie has done that over and over this year, and that's hard to do!"

"We had a little different experience at Washington than we did at Capital Challenge and Harrisburg," she continued. "At both of those shows, Caitie won the first two classes of the division, and she needed to make the third class count. In Washington, she went in and pinned third in the first round. Then she moved up and got second in the handy hunter class and came back and won the stake. In the stake, the course was bold, with beautiful fences. Lyle jumped beautifully, as always, and Caitie had a flowing round with a great gallop. She hit the right rhythm when she came in the ring and kept it all the way around."

"The situation was kin to Devon," Carney added. "At Devon, she was third, second, and first. Those are the kinds of rounds that you love to see. I just tell her to go ride and 'do what you do.' I teach her a hard lesson and get her loose. Preparation is harder at Washington than at Harrisburg and Capital Challenge, but she got in the zone and had an incredible show. She's shown Lyle in front of so many different judges this year, and every one of them has had the same opinion."

Hope also competed in the Junior Jumper division with her horse La Paz and earned fourth place. She will show next in New York at the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament, which features the 125th National Horse Show. Lyle, who will not compete in Syracuse, has completed his 2008 show season and will return to Keen's house in Florida to relax and turn-out for a well-deserved rest.

"It's been such an incredible year, thanks to Don Stewart and Stephanie Keen," concluded Carney. "Riding Lyle was a great opportunity that presented itself, and Caitie certainly made the best out of it. He has given her the opportunity to move forward with her riding career and trust what she's always hoped was true: that she's a natural winner. She's got the right temperament, and she loves Lyle as an animal and also as a competitor. She has also benefited tremendously from the International Hunter Derbies. Having to ride in those classes with the necessary leg, seat, and hand has really helped her for these indoor shows."

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 hunter and jumper 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.



Photo: Caitie Hope and Lyle, champions of the Small Junior 16-17 Hunter division at the Washington International Horse Show. Photo (C) 2008 Rebecca Walton. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

 

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