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Caitie Hope Guides Lyle to Championship at Capital Challenge Horse Show
Photo: Caitie Hope and Lyle, champions of the older Small
Junior Hunters at the Capital Challenge Horse Show. Photo (C) 2008 Jennifer Wood.
Jenny Ross of
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Upper Marlboro, MD - October 7, 2008 - Caitie Hope of
Barrington, IL, triumphed for another championship this past weekend at the
Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, MD. Hope trains with Diane
Carney of Telluride Farm. Aboard Lyle, owned by Stephanie Keen, the 16-year-old
rider earned the top prize in the Small Junior 16-17 Hunter division.
The pair took first place in both over fences classes
indoors and jogged for the handy hunter class. Hope, who had never shown Lyle
indoors before, had not ridden the horse since the USEF Junior Hunter Finals in
early August. "Caitie had to go first in the first class," stated Carney. "She
laid down a beautiful trip and maintained the lead throughout the class for the
win. It was such a good competition."
"We went later in the second over fences," she said. "All of
the other junior hunters were going really, really well, earning scores
consistently around 81. The highest score was an 89.5. Caitie went toward the
end of the class, and she threw down a 90. It was definitely fun," smiled Carney.
"It was great to see her not be affected by going first in the class or by
going late and watching everyone else do so well. That was a telling tale of
her maturity. She was really on her game; she concentrates on her job and
focuses on going forward and staying in the middle."
Hope also catch-rode a young horse for Don Stewart, Jr.
named Von Trapp. She competed with him in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunters and
earned fifth and sixth place. She had never ridden 6-year-old Von Trapp, who is
an up and coming junior hunter and equitation horse. "The horse goes very
light, balances well, and jumps beautifully," noted Carney.
"Don Stewart suggested we go to Capital Challenge to get
started with the indoors circuit," she explained. "Aside from excellent courses
and competition, I think the most interesting part of the show was to see how
much Caitie has matured this year. Normally she shows the horses that she rides
at home. Lyle is a very special horse that has been a great competitor for so
many years. He only jumps at the horse shows, and you only do about four or
five jumps in the schooling ring. It's very professional in that she really has
to know her job. Showing him has been a very cool opportunity for her."
Telluride Farm's Caitie Hope will compete next at the
Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg,
PA. She will show Lyle, Von Trapp,
and her horse Caped Crusader.
Carney of Hampshire, IL 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.
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