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Mrs. Hope's Total Touch Wins at Lake St. Louis Hunter/Jumper II Horse Show
Kathleen O. Hope's Total Touch (pictured with rider Caitie Hope) was ridden
to top finishes at Lake St. Louis by Richard Rinehart.
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Lake St. Louis, MO - January 17, 2011 -It was a great week for top mount
Total Touch, owned by Kathleen O. Hope, at the Lake St. Louis Hunter Jumper
II Horse Show. Trained by Diane Carney of Telluride Farm and ridden by
professional Richard Rinehart, Total Touch scored big wins in both the
$25,0000 Grand Prix and the $5,000 Welcome Stake. The competition was held
January 12-16, 2011 at the National Equestrian Center in Lake St. Louis, MO.
Total Touch started out the week ready to win, taking home the top prize in
the $5,000 Welcome Stake with Rinehart in the irons. The competitive pair
did not stop there and were ready to take on the 19-horse field during the
$25,0000 Grand Prix. Following a clear first round, Total Touch and Rinehart
were the last of three horse and rider combinations to show over the
difficult jump-off course. After taking an extra inside turn the duo raced
through the timers with all the fences intact just a fraction of a second
ahead of the leader to score the winning honors.
Rinehart and Total Touch were originally paired together during Spruce
Meadows in 2010 and have done consistently well ever since. "Richard and
Total Touch have become such a pair, they're such a match," noted
Carney. "Richard is a very competitive, accurate rider, so with a horse like
Total Touch it is the ideal combination. When Caitie [Hope] is not available
to ride Richard is just right for the horse."
"Total Touch continuing to become a 'made' horse and an advanced competitor
at the grand prix level," added Carney "Caitie is still in high school, so
the work that is being done now with Total Touch will ensure that he is
ready for her when she competes with him this summer. She currently attends
boarding school in Pennsylvania where she trains with Callan Solem to
prepare herself for the Amateur Jumpers as well as the grand prix level."
Virginia Bartholomay also competed at the Lake St. Louis Hunter Jumper II
Horse Show with her mount Pepe. The talented pair normally competes in the
Low Adult Jumpers but decided to start off in the Adult Amateur Hunters this
week where they scored a second place ribbon. They then moved to the jumper
ring where they won the first place prize in the Low Adult Jumper class.
Telluride Farm and Diane Carney will compete again in March when they travel
to Ocala, FL, to compete during HITS Week IV, V, and VI.
Carney, a USEF "r" Hunter/Equitation Licensed Official, 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. Carney was also voted Illinois
Hunter/Jumper Horse Person of the Year for 2008. For more information about
Diane Carney and Telluride Farm please visit www.TellurideFarm.com.