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Diane Carney Presented with Annual Horseperson of the Year Award at Illinois Hunter Jumper Association Banquet

Hampshire, IL - November 25, 2008 - This past weekend Diane Carney of Telluride Farm was presented with the annual Horseperson of the Year Award at the Illinois Hunter Jumper Association (IHJA) year-end banquet. Carney of Hampshire, IL, received the award in honor of her dedication to the hunter/jumper industry, as well as her devotion to the many riding clinics that she hosts at her farm every year and across the country. In addition, the award recognized Carney for her enthusiasm toward proper horsemanship and also emphasized the success of her many clients' in the show ring.

"It's always very flattering to be honored by your colleagues," commented Carney. "I believe it's the responsibility of all of us, as professionals, to do well by the hunter/jumper industry and give back to the business as a whole. One of my goals is to always bring the principles of riding forward with education, and I think that clinics and the international hunter derbies achieve that quite well. I'm an advocate of education in both riding and in higher education, which is why I'm a big supporter of the Zone 5 college scholarship. It's nice to feel that people are appreciative of the work and effort I put into this industry and how much I try to give back to it."

The IHJA year-end awards banquet was held on Saturday, November 22, at the Renaissance Hotel. "The dinner was excellent, and the decorations and setting were just beautiful," added Carney. "It was quite a class act. During dinner they had videos playing of the champions competing, and they gave some time to the wonderful hunter derby that Pat Boyle hosted at his show in June. It was a great evening."

Carney's student, Caitie Hope, was also recognized with numerous awards. The young rider, who earned championships at three consecutive indoor competitions this fall (Capital Challenge Horse Show, Pennsylvania National Horse Show, and the Washington International Horse Show), received the IHJA Junior Grand Hunter Championship Perpetual Trophy for her success aboard Caped Crusader. Caped Crusader is owned by North Run and Missy Clark.

Additionally, Hope was honored with the Showplace Productions Junior Rider Challenge Trophy, which was awarded to the junior with the most points. Caped Crusader also won the IHJA Large Junior Hunter Championship.

Carney 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 at her farm and across the country. These clinics are 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.

She is currently hosting the annual George H. Morris Clinic at Canterbury Farm in Hampshire, IL. The clinic, held for over 20 years, is a three-day clinic that will be held from Nov. 28-30, 2008. For more information on the George H. Morris Clinic at Canterbury Farm, please contact Diane Carney at dtelluride@aol.com or 847-922-6167.

Photo Caption: Diane Carney receiving the annual Horseperson of the Year Award at the IHJA year-end banquet. Photo (C) 2008 OCphotos. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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