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Caitie Hope Makes Strides at Winter Equestrian Festival

Wellington, FL - March 17, 2009 - This past week Caitie Hope of Barrington, IL, traveled with her trainer, Diane Carney, to compete at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. Hope rides at Carney's Illinois-based show stable Telluride Farm. The 17-year-old rider competed in the equitation classes and the High Junior Jumper division.

She also qualified for and rode in the George H. Morris Excellence in Equitation Championship.

Hope, who also received training from Andre Dignelli during the show, earned third place in the Pessoa/USEF Hunt Seat Medal and pinned in every high junior jumper class. She made the second round in the George H. Morris Equitation class and finished in 11th place overall. This class was particularly challenging because riders had to walk the course themselves and warm up without their trainers. Hope rode her horse Carmachone in the equitation classes and Ozaliat, owned by Janet Sassmanshausen, in the junior jumpers.

"The week here in Wellington was excellent from my perspective," commented Diane Carney. "It was a lot of hard work for Caitie to get here, and it was great for us to collaborate with Andre [Dignelli] and Heritage Farm. For me, it's very satisfying to see Caitie ride so consistently. It's very hard to come down to the Winter Equestrian Festival and get a ribbon in every class, so I consider our trip to Florida a success. I think this show gave Caitie the international ring experience necessary for her to prepare for future competitions, such as Spruce Meadows."

"From the shows at the HITS Ocala Circuit to those here, Caitie was competitive in every aspect. She worked hard, was up early, and paid attention. She learned a lot from Andre and was able to apply it to all of her horses. I think it improved her horsemanship and raised her curiosity towards her flatwork," said Carney.

"It was fun to work with Andre and have conversations about the basics of horsemanship," she added. "It's nice to see Heritage Farm's focus and their ability to get the work done but not overwork the horses. They're a great group of people, and they have mastered the art of organization and manners. They have a lot going on, but nobody ever slips through the cracks."

The horses and riders at Telluride Farm will compete next in April at the Ledges Horse Shows in Roscoe, IL. In early April, Carney will be traveling to different farms across the country and teaching hunter/jumper clinics.

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 Caption: Caitie Hope competes in the George H. Morris Excellence in Equitation Championship at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo 2009 Randi Muster. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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