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Diane Carney Completes Two Hunter/Jumper Clinics at Sierra Woods Farm and Quail Run Farm

Indianapolis, IN - April 29, 2009 - This past weekend Diane Carney was invited to the teach a hunter/jumper clinic at Sierra Woods Farm, located in Indianapolis, IN. The clinic was held April 25 and 26, and focused on riders working hard and on having strong fundamentals.

Four groups of riders participated in the clinic at Sierra Woods Farm, which was organized by the owner, Amy Tilson. Diane focused on basics such as steering, collection, and keeping the riders' horse in front of their leg. "The clinic was great," commented Tilson. "I thought Diane did an excellent job. She really brought a whole new perspective to everyone here; everybody really enjoyed it and they learned a lot."

"Sierra Woods Farm was beautiful and they did an excellent job putting the clinic together," said Carney. "I thought all the groups did very well; the riders have a good foundation and they were very hard workers."

After teaching at Sierra Woods Farm, Carney traveled to Omaha, NE to complete a clinic at Quail Run Farm on April 27 and 28. The clinic at Quail Run Farm was very well organized despite facing some scheduling conflicts because it was held on a Monday and a Tuesday. "We had to run the clinic sessions a little later in the day because the riders had conflicts with school and work," explained organizer Jim Urban. "Diane, with her unending energy, is willing to take on that challenging schedule. We're having a great time and our riders are learning a lot."

The three groups of riders from Quail Run Farm ride at an intermediate to advanced level and several are preparing to participate in the USHJA Emerging Athletes Clinics later this month.

"The indoor arena at Quail Run has very good footing, the jumps were beautifully painted," said Carney. "The riders are getting a reminder of their outside rein and their diagonal aides; how to use their inside leg and their outside rein. The course asked two questions of the riders; could they balance their horse turning, and could they balance their horse turning and going forward. This was a difficult test day one, but on day two we had outstanding progress by all the riders. The three-session schedule started at 3pm and continued until 9:30 p.m., which was just right for the riders work and school demands. They all worked hard and did a great job."

Carney plans to attend a horse show in Ocala, FL this weekend, and will also travel to the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair in Pennsylvania.

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.


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