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Telluride Farm's Caitie Hope Captures Blue in Both Phases of WIHS at Showplace Fall Classic

Wayne, IL - September 22, 2008 - Caitie Hope of Barrington, IL, scored two major wins this past week at the Showplace Fall Classic Championship Horse Show. The competition was held at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL, from September 16-21, 2008.

Hope, who trains with Diane Carney at Telluride Farm, rode exceptionally well in the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) Equitation class. Aboard her horse Carmachone, the 16-year-old rider came away with first place in the WIHS Hunter Phase and then had a repeat performance in the Jumper Phase for another blue ribbon win. Her consistent rides and double victory combined for the overall WIHS win.

The young rider then competed in the Illinois Hunter Jumper Association (IHJA) Junior Medal Finals, which included the top 30 junior riders from the Zone 5 area. "About 28 of the kids earned scores below an 82," commented Diane Carney. "Caitie went toward the end of the class and earned a 90. She rode beautifully. Five of the top riders then worked off."

Carney explained, "The work-off included backing your horse, jumping an unrelated line, showing at a hand gallop, making an inside turn, trotting a jump and finishing with an unrelated line and halting. It was a great test, and Caitie was just fabulous. The class was held in the grand prix ring at Lamplight, and it was really special. Patrick Rhodes was course designer, and he did a beautiful job. He was smart about the test; it had options and plenty of places for the riders to really plan their ride."

In addition, Hope earned second place in the ASPCA Maclay and pinned fourth in the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search. She also competed with her new jumper Ozaliat, owned by Janet Sassmannshausen. "She and Ozaliat are a new match, and the prix was a great opportunity for Caitie to gain some experience with her new mount and get her confidence up," said Carney. "It definitely raised her confidence level, which carried into her winning the equitation on Sunday."

"Caitie was really organized this weekend," she concluded. "She had her equipment in her back pack, her boots were meticulously polished, and she was in business mode."

The horses and riders at Telluride Farm will compete next in Kentucky, and they will then travel to Maryland for the Capital Challenge Horse Show. They will also show in Harrisburg, PA, Washington D.C., and Syracuse, NY.

Carney of Hampshire, IL 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 aboard Carmachone. Photo (C) 2008 Jennifer Wood. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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