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Telluride Farm Debuts at HITS IV Ocala Tournament, March 4-9

Ocala, FL - March 10, 2008 - In the first week of showing for Diane Carney's group of students, it showed that Telluride Farm had done its homework before traveling south to compete at HITS Ocala in Ocala, FL.

Caitie Hope and her new mount Lyle, owned by Stephanie Keen, captured their second championship of the circuit in the 16 & 17 Small Junior Hunters. The pair were awarded two firsts and a third place over fences and a first in the under saddle for the honor. Hope also won both rounds of the Junior Hunter Classic with top marks.

Hannah Gorman, competing in the 16 & 17 Large Junior Hunters at Ocala for the first week, jogged in three of the four over fences classes and had an outstanding ride in the handy hunter class. Gorman was awarded fourth place for her handy efforts aboard Cactus, owned by Diane Carney. In the jumper ring, Gorman moved up into the Low Children's division and finished third on her own mount Jupiter.

Stephanie Pearson competed with success in the jumpers this weekend, riding in torrential downpours and mucky footing. She placed second in the Level 3 jumpers aboard Wild Cat, owned by Don Stewart, and sixth on Symphatico III, owned by Diane Carney. She also took seventh place in the Low Junior Jumpers aboard Symphatico III.

Virginia Bartholomay also competed, having strong rounds and excellent courses aboard her mount Decorated Song.

Riding in the $25,000 Ariat Welcome Stake, Laura Linback placed fourth with As Di Villigana. She also won in the Level 5 jumpers riding Mohawk Clair de Lune. Both horses are owned by Woodrun Farm.

"It was great first week for all us of together. Competing down here can be a change of pace, but all of my students put in great rounds and great efforts," Carney said. "We have a big week this week with the International Hunter Derby here in Ocala, and then we move on to Wellington for the Derby there."

Telluride Farm will compete next at HITS V Ocala, as well as in the ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby, which is sponsored by Dietrich Insurance. For more information regarding the high performance hunter derby, please visit http://www.ushja.org.

Carney, based out 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 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: Caitie Hope and Lyle, champions in the 16 & 17 Small Junior Hunter division. Photo (C) 2008 Lili Weik. This photo may be used only in relation to this press release.


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