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Telluride Farm Triumphs at Showplace Spring Spectacular Horse Show

Wayne, IL - June 9, 2009 - This past week the riders and horses at Telluride Farm captured top ribbons at the Showplace Spring Spectacular Horse Show in Wayne, IL. Diane Carney, the owner and trainer at Telluride Farm, is based out of Hampshire, IL.

Caitie Hope guided Unsurpassed to the championship in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunter division; the pair won the handy hunter over fences and the under saddle class. In addition, they jogged for third, fourth, and eighth place ribbons over fences. Unsurpassed is owned by The Cottonwoods Ltd. Hope and her mount also took fourth place in the $1,000 Junior Hunter Classic.

"We had a good week," commented Carney. "It was a neck-in-neck competition for Caitie in the junior hunters and really close for the championship. It was good sport, and it was nice that she came out on top."

Hope competed in equation classes as well and rode Redfield Farm's horse Don Juan. She had a stellar trip in the ASPCA Maclay and came away with the blue ribbon. She was also successful in the WIHS equitation, winning first place in the WIHS Hunter Phase with a high score of 88. Hope finished fourth place overall for the WIHS and earned seventh place in the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search.

In the jumper ring, Hope rode Sinatra IV for the first time and executed two double clear rounds in the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic. They finished in fifth place out of 46 entries in the class. Sinatra IV is owned by Aaron Vale and his business, Thinks Like A Horse.

"I am really pleased with how Caitie did on Sinatra IV," said Carney. "She just started showing the horse this week, and I think it's the perfect horse for her. She and her equitation horse [Don Juan] are also beautifully matched. Caitie had an absolutely beautiful trip with him in the Maclay. I think it was one of the best trips I've seen her have all summer. It's exciting for me to see her ride horses that suit her and her riding ability so well."

Alex Carlins took home top ribbons in the Children's Hunter divisions with That'll Do, owned by Diane Carney. He won the $1,000 Modified Children's Hunter Classic and also pinned second, fourth, fifth, and eighth in the Novice Children's division. In the Maiden Junior Equitation, Carlins earned a first and two seconds over fences. He won the blue ribbon over fences in the Modified Children's Hunter division as well.

"Alex had his debut in the jumper ring and did a really good job," noted Carney. "He got a fourth and a fifth in the Low Children's Jumpers. We were really excited about that." Carlins competed aboard Ricardo, owned by Canterbury Farm.

Tracy Berkos was champion of the Novice Adult Hunter division on Ghirardelli, owned by Sarah Morris. Over fences Berkos won two first place ribbons, a third, and an eighth, and she and Ghirardelli pinned second under saddle.

Nora Laue, who trains with Diane Carney and Brenda Mueller Enterprises, did well with her horses Deluxe NCR and Shikito. She competed in equitation classes with Deluxe NCR, who is owned by Mueller. "It was really exciting for me to coach Nora this week," said Carney. "Her mother Mary Ellen has ridden with me for years. She rode a great hunter named Texas Tea and won at Devon and in New York. I'm delighted to be working with Nora here at Showplace."

Carney 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. In 2008, she was voted 'Horse Person of the Year' by the Illinois Hunter Jumper Association, and she is also Vice Chairperson of the Zone 5 USHJA Hunter Committee.

Photo Caption: Caitie Hope and Unsurpassed earned the championship in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunter division at Showplace Spring Spectacular. Photo 2009 Jon Kassel. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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