Roscoe, IL- April 8, 2009 - Diane Carney's students came away with numerous blue ribbons this past week at the Ledges Winter "A" Series Horse Show in Roscoe, IL. Carney, who owns Telluride Farm in Hampshire, IL, coached Alex Carlins and Caitie Hope to top honors.
Fourteen-year-old Carlins dominated the Children's Hunter divisions and amassed three championship and three reserve championship ribbons. He rode Diabella, owned by Kathleen Hope, and That'll Do, owned by Diane Carney. Carlins competed in the Children's Hunter 14 & Under, Novice Children's Hunter, and Modified Children's Hunter divisions.
"Alex had a great show," stated Carney. "He won fifteen classes! He also earned a lot of seconds and thirds, so I was very pleased with his consistency and his ability to focus in the ring. I think he hit another milestone this weekend. He took home champion and reserve in all three of his divisions. We really had a great time."
She continued, "Including the shows in Ocala, I've worked with Alex at about ten horse shows. He continues to understand not only how to control his horse and balance, but the competition side of it. He consistently improves on many different levels. As soon as he becomes a little stronger physically, he will be a force to be dealt with in the show ring."
Caitie Hope was victorious in the WIHS Equitation aboard her horse Carmachone. She took home blue ribbons in both the jumper and hunter phase and finished with the WIHS overall win. The 17-year-old also earned first place in the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search.
"Caitie continues to focus on the equitation and on her consistency in the show ring," said Carney. "No matter what zip code she's in or what rating the show has, her goal is to put down consistent trips. She often shows catch-rides in the equitation, and it's a challenge to do well every time on unfamiliar horses. Her goal is to make every trip smooth and accomplish the equitation tracks correctly."
She added, "Caitie is bringing her own 'A' game to every event. It's hard to be competitive, and it's even harder to do well in the junior jumpers, junior hunters, and the equitation. She's mustering the competitive will to get the job done with whatever is in front of her, which speaks to me as advanced riding."
After coaching her students at the Ledges Winter "A" Series Horse Show, Carney traveled to Naples, FL, and conducted a clinic at Wrenwood Farm. "Kelly McDonald invited me to do a clinic at Jenny Sutton's farm," explained Carney. "We were out on the derby field and in the sand ring. All of the participants were excellent; they worked hard, tried hard, and succeeded. We focused on balancing and did course work and gymnastics."
Carney's students will take a few weeks off from the show ring and will compete again in May. They will attend a show in Ocala, FL, and will also travel to the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair in Pennsylvania.
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.