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Telluride Farm Tallies Consistent Wins from Colorado to New York

Hampshire, IL - July 28, 2008 - Telluride Farm added more top ribbons to its expanding collection this past week at horse shows across the country. The students and horses at Telluride Farm, who train with Diane Carney of Hampshire, IL, competed in Parker, CO, and Saugerties, NY. In addition, a number of Telluride horses are currently traveling to Wayne, IL, for Equifest at the Lamplight Equestrian Center.

This past week, sixteen-year-old Caitie Hope of Barrington, IL, came home with the reserve championship in the Small Junior 16-17 Hunter division at the Hits-On-the-Hudson IV Horse Show. The show was held from July 23-27, 2008, in Saugerties, NY. The young rider earned the tricolor aboard Lyle, owned by Stephanie Keen. While in Saugerties, Hope trained with Don Stewart, Jr. and won a first, a second, and three fourth place ribbons in her division.

"We wanted to get out there and get a few good rounds under our belt before the Junior Hunter Finals," explained Carney. "She'll come back to Chicago this week and ride, and then we'll go out to Saugerties for the finals. She had never shown at that facility before, so I thought it was great that she arrived, settled in, and won the reserve championship."

In Parker, Colorado, Brenda Mueller earned seventh place overall in the $15,000 USHJA Hunter Derby at the Colorado Summer Classic. The class was held over two days, with Round 1 on Thursday, July 24, and Round 2 on Friday, July 25, 2008. Mueller piloted Saint Exupery in the derby for Dunwalke LLC.

"Saint Exupery is a sales horse that was sent to me from Dunwalke," revealed Carney. "I brought him home after the Kentucky shows in May, and he showed in the derby in Chicago. He is a natural at the derbies and is very comfortable with the four-foot obstacles. He jumps correctly and is very brave and athletic," she noted. "He's a beautiful horse and Brenda is very correct with her position, so it's an attractive ride all the way around. Also, she carries all of the correct appointments with her, which is a fun salute to traditional horsemanship," she said. "Larry Langer did a great job with the derby, and I think it's great for different parts of the country to produce such well-managed events."

Mueller commented about the derby, "There were 30 horses in the class, and the first round was a very good course by Chris Collman. It had some interesting obstacles and jumps with no ground lines. We finished ninth in the first round, and they let all 30 of the horses come back for the second round, which was held the next day."

"The handy round was very interesting," she continued. "Chris [Collman] did a great job with the decorations and jump options. We had to trot in, canter a two stride, and jump out of the ring onto the grass. After a jump on the grass, we had to walk down a path and open a gate, then walk back into the ring." She added, "Then you trotted to the corner, checked your tack, and there was a woman there with refreshments! You could either take a shot of brandy or a glass of lemonade. Since I had my own appointments, I took out my flask and took my own drink," she laughed. "The crowd thought that was great. Another rider showed the woman his I.D. when he chose brandy. Saint Exupery and I finished up in sixth for the second round and seventh overall; it was a lot fun."

The horses and riders at Telluride Farm will compete next at Equifest in Wayne, IL. Following Equifest, Carney and Caitie Hope will attend the Junior Hunter Finals in Saugerties, NY.

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.



Photo: Diane Carney of Telluride Farm. Photo by Mason Phelps. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.



 

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