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Telluride Farm Scores Wins at Showplace Spring Classic Horse Show

Roscoe, IL - May 18, 2009 - Diane Carney's students at Telluride Farm earned impressive ribbons this past week at the Showplace Spring Classic Horse Show in Roscoe, IL. Carney, who is based out of Hampshire, IL, coached Alex Carlins and Caitie Hope to multiple wins and started off the summer with a very successful competition.

Caitie Hope won the USEF Pessoa Hunt Seat Medal aboard Don Juan, a horse she showed for Don Stewart and Redfield Farm. She was undefeated in the WIHS Equitation class with scores in the high 80s, winning first place ribbons in the hunter phase, the jumper phase, and the overall WIHS results. She also finished in second place in the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search.

"Caitie first showed Don Juan successfully in Ocala, and we were excited to compete with him again in the equitation," stated Diane Carney. "I think he is a great match for Caitie; we're going to show him at Devon [Horse Show] this weekend."

"Normally Caitie shows her horse Carmachon in the equitation," explained Carney. "Since she is focusing on the equitation and jumper divisions this year, I really wanted her to have two competitive equitation horses. It's her last junior year, so my strategy is for her to have choices for indoors this fall. We've been working with Don [Stewart] and Andre Dignelli, so this year has truly been a team effort and a meeting of the minds," she smiled. "We've decided that riding Don Juan in the equitation at Devon is the best move to prepare Caitie for this fall."

Hope was also consistent in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunter division with Unsurpassed, owned by Cotton Woods Ltd. She earned three firsts and one third over fences and won the under saddle, scoring the division championship. The pair also won the Junior/Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic on Saturday with scores of 84 and 86.

"Unsurpassed is a new mount for Caitie," said Carney. "She's a beautiful bay mare who is a great mover. She's very brave and is an excellent jumper. This was Caitie's first show with her, and we feel fortunate to have her as a sales horse right now. We look forward to showing the horse until she gets sold."

Carney's student Alex Carlins had an outstanding show as well. He competed in the Children's Hunter divisions and the Maiden Equitation classes. Carlins guided Diabella, owned by Kathleen Hope, to win three Modified Children's classes, securing the division championship.

In addition to winning the Modified Children's Classic, Carlins and Diabella also took home a first, two seconds, a fourth, and the reserve championship in the Novice Children's Hunters. Their winning continued in the Maiden Equitation division, and they received two blues and the championship.

Carlins found success with That'll Do in the Novice and Modified Children's Hunter divisions as well. In the Novice Children's, the duo earned first, second, third, and fourth place ribbons. In the Modified Children's, That'll Do captured two seconds and two thirds. "Alex had a great weekend and was very consistent with his two horses," noted Carney. "His riding is really coming along. I think he's going to have a great summer in the show ring."

Diane Carney and Caitie Hope will attend the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair this week. Hope will compete with Don Juan and Walk Away, a junior hunter from Don Stewart Show Stables. The horses and riders at Telluride Farm will then attend the Showplace Spring Spectacular Horse Shows in Wayne, IL.

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. 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: Diane Carney. Photo 2008 Mason Phelps. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

 

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