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Telluride Farm Sweeps Hunter, Jumper Divisions at Lake St. Louis IV

St. Louis, MO - February 18, 2008 - It was a banner week for Diane Carney and her students of Telluride Farm at the Lake St. Louis IV Hunter/Jumper Horse Show at the National Equestrian Center.

Stephanie Pearson captured the championship in the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper division this past week with Symphatico III, winning blue ribbons in both classes. She also competed with a new mount, owned by Don Stewart, named Wild Cat. They took home fifth and seventh place ribbons in their first outing together.

"Stephanie was excellent this week - spot on. Wild Cat looks to be quite a good High Junior Jumper for when their partnership really gets going together," Carney said. "We all had a banner week - it couldn't have gotten any better. Between Caitie taking third in the grand prix, Hannah's incredible consistency in all of her classes and Virginia being champion in the Adults, I couldn't have asked for more. We are ready for Florida."

Virginia Bartholomay, riding in the Low Adult Jumpers, piloted Decorated Song to championship honors. They placed both first and fifth in the division for the tricolor.

Hannah Gorman competed in both the 16 & 17 Large Junior Hunters and the Novice Rider Jumpers. In the hunter ring, she rode Cactus, owned by Carney, to two fourths and a seventh place, while she and Skyland's Wonder had a third, fifth and two eighths over fences. They also were awarded fourth place in the under saddle class. With Jupiter, her jumper, Gorman earned two fifth place ribbons for their efforts. Carney praised Gorman, noting that the young rider produced excellent rides this weekend.

Caitie Hope excelled this week, competing in her second-ever grand prix class. She and her jumper partner, La Paz, took home the third place ribbon in the $10,000 grand prix on Saturday, as well as a seventh place in Thursday's Welcome Stake. Hope, also riding a new mount named Corrato, owned by Jennifer Hauser, placed second in two High Junior/Amateur-Owner classes. She was both champion and reserve champion in the Junior/A-O Jumper division with Corrato and La Paz, respectively.

In the hunter ring, Hope rode to the championship with Caped Crusader in the 16 & 17 Large Junior Hunters. The pair earned two first places and a second place over fences, in addition to a first place in the under saddle for the tricolor honor. They also captured first place and second place, respectively, in two Junior Hunter Classics. All of their scores were an 85 or above. In the equitation ring, Hope was the overall winner of the Washington International Horse Show Equitation class with Corrato.

This past week also saw Hope compete with another new mount, Cinch, who will be a new hunter partner for her. Carney noted that Cinch will be an ideal High Performance Hunter mount for Hope to compete.

Competing in Ocala, FL, with Carney coaching via the telephone, Laura Linback rode Mohawk de Clair de Lune to the reserve championship in the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper division with a first place finish in the $1,500 class and a third place ribbon in the $15,000 classic. Linback also took second place in the $25,000 Welcome Stake on Thursday and seventh place in Sunday's $50,000 Grand Prix, both aboard As di Villagana.

Carney, based out of Hampshire, IL, from her Telluride Farm, 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. Carney is also a driving force behind the United States Hunter Jumper Association's High Performance Hunter Committee, which seeks to develop a program that will bring the lost art of tradition and horsemanship back to the show ring.

PHOTO CREDIT: Diane Carney, trainer and owner of Telluride Farm. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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