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Telluride Farm Has Stellar Results at Equifest II, Caitie Hope Pins Third in $40,000 Grand Prix

Wayne, IL - August 13, 2008 - The students of Telluride Farm were successful once again this past week at Equifest II, which was held at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL. The riders and horses at Telluride Farm train with Diane Carney of Hampshire, IL.

Sixteen-year-old Caitie Hope won the championship ribbon with Caped Crusader in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunter division. Caped Crusader, owned by Missy Clark and North Run, earned three blue ribbons and pinned second the other two junior hunter classes. The pair also won first place in the $2,500 Junior/Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic with impressive scores of 88 and 85.5.

Hope's success continued in the jumper ring, and she had an incredible victory in the $40,000 Equifest Grand Prix. Riding her horse La Paz, Hope executed a double clean ride, finishing in third place. Carney noted, "With just ten clean, she was the third fastest out of many double clears, which was fabulous."

"Caitie and I returned from Junior Hunter Finals on Thursday so she could compete in the High Junior Jumpers at Equifest," explained Carney. "Our goal was to get ready for the grand prix. Caitie, who was coming off her success at the Junior Hunter Finals with confidence, arrived at Equifest II to compete in the USEF Talent Search, the WIHS Equitation, the High Junior Jumpers, the $40,000 Grand Prix, and the older large junior hunters."

Hope's confidence accompanied her in the equitation ring, and she won first place in the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search and pinned second overall in the WIHS Equitation.

Stephanie Pearson, who normally shows in the Junior Jumpers, made her grand prix debut aboard Wild Cat, owned by Don Stewart Jr. Pearson piloted Wild Cat to a stellar finish, coming home with a solid four-fault ride.

"Stephanie had a very successful show last week," said Carney. "She was champion and reserve in the High and Low Junior Jumpers, and she stepped up and did the grand prix. She had just the slightest rub at the bicycle jump, earning four faults, but it was just a beautiful ride. It was certainly an adventure for her to step up and do her first grand prix."

Emily Croft, who also trains with Carney at Telluride Farm, was second in the Marshall & Sterling Adult Jumper Classic on Cordano 13. "Emily just recently joined our team," noted Carney. "She was second and had a solid, solid week."

Virginia Bartholomay took home the second place ribbon in the $2,500 Low Adult Jumper Classic and sixth place in the Low Adult Jumpers. She rode her new mount Pepe.

"We have had quite an active two weeks, and a string of successful shows," said Carney. "I am very excited about the new teams of horses and riders at Telluride Farm and the matches between Virginia and Pepe and Emily and Cordano. They have stepped up their game a lot by the horses they recently purchased. They are very good riders, and I look forward to having a lot of fun with them."

She added, "And I think it is cool that Caitie Hope has had such a successful summer, from Atlanta, Kentucky, and Equifest to Spruce Meadows, HITS Saugerties, and the Junior Hunter Finals, her consistency is very exciting. We strive for that, and it is nice to hit the center of the target."

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, champion of the older Large Junior Hunters at Equifest II. Photo (C) 2008 Jennifer Wood. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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