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Telluride Farm Prepares for Upcoming Indoors Tour with Kentucky National Horse Show

Lexington, KY - September 29, 2008 - This past week Diane Carney attended the Kentucky National Horse Show in Lexington, KY, with her students to prepare for this fall's indoor show circuit. Carney trains at Telluride Farm in Hampshire, IL, and her talented hunter/jumper students have consistently earned impressive ribbons this year, repeatedly riding their way into the winner's circle.

At the Kentucky National Horse Show, Caitie Hope of Barrington, IL, came away with top ribbons on her jumper Ozaliat and her junior hunter Cinch. Ozaliat, owned by Janet Sassmannshausen, competed in the High Junior Jumpers. The 17-year-old rider recently partnered with Ozaliat, and they have already added numerous new ribbons to Hope's expanding collection.

"Ozaliat was brilliant," commented Carney. "They got good ribbons in the High Junior/Amateurs, and they finished seventh in the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic with one time fault. This was really cool because Conrad Homfeld was the course designer, and his courses are always fantastic. The tracks were fair but hard; he is always so careful with his jumps and choice of construction. It's just a treat to get to ride his courses."

Hope competed aboard Cinch in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunter division. "Cinch was really spectacular in the Junior Handy Hunter class," noted Carney. Hope guided her mount to the reserve championship after they won a first, a third and a fourth place under saddle.

Hope also took home third overall in the Zone 5 Horsemanship class, which was held before the grand prix on Friday night. The class was composed of an over fences phase, an under saddle, and a written test based on George H. Morris' book Hunter Seat Equitation. "Caitie got a ribbon on the written part, won the over fences, and finished third overall," revealed Carney. "It was definitely a highlight of the show."

"It was one of those weeks for getting your nerves out through all the highs and lows," explained Carney. "It was a great learning curve prior to indoors, and it was a good week on a lot of levels. Caitie definitely won plenty of ribbons, and then there were other places where she was able to get her nerves out, learn from her mistakes, and further prepare for indoors."

"She was definitely concentrating and working through situations that were not going as ideally as possible; and, at the same time, she had plenty of success with the jumpers and hunters," said Carney. "Caitie was focused and didn't overreact. She just got on the next horse and did better, which is a tribute to her maturity as a rider."

Carney and her students will show again this week at the Capital Challenge Horse Show. Hope will compete aboard Lyle, owned by Stephanie Keen, in the Small Junior 16-17 Hunter division.

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. Photo (C) 2008 Jennifer Wood. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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