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New Horse - No Problem for Debbie Kirsch and the Telluride Program

Debbie Kirsch and her new mount, Naples Bay, won the $500 WIHS Adult Hunter Classic. Photo Chicago Equestrian.

Wayne, IL – June 19, 2016 – Adult Hunter rider, Debbie Kirsch, knocked it out of the park with her new horse, Naples Bay, at the Showplace Productions’ Spring Spectacular II Horse Show, earning scores in the 80’s to clinch the win in both the NAL Adult Hunter Classic and the WIHS Adult Hunter Classic. Trainer Diane Carney’s program helps riders like Kirsch succeed.
Back in April, Carney was teaching a clinic in Naples, Florida, at Wrenwood Farm when she spotted the horse for Kirsch. Carney gave Kirsch a call after she finished teaching and asked if she could immediately get on a plane to come see the horse. Carney keeps a tight schedule between teaching, customers, showing and judging, and would only be in Naples until the next day. So Kirsch scrambled to get a flight, tried the horse, vetted it and bought it in a matter of a few days.

Debbie Kirsch and Naples Bay winning the $1,000 NAL Adult Hunter Classic sponsored by Integrity Farm. Photo Chicago Equestrian.

Kirsch, Winnetka, Illinois, has an extra special connection to the horse and says the spirit of her late mother, Carol S. Monsees, sent him her way. Kirsh’s mother passed away in February and also lived in Naples, owned a boat named ‘The Sea Horse’ and frequented Naples Bay. Kirsch was about to throw in the towel on her horse hunting journey, was mourning the loss of her mother and was pouring herself into her work at Blue Ribbon Floor Plans when Carney’s call came.
“And he is from Naples and is a bay!” laughed Kirsch.
“I was confident in the match,” said Carney. “I have her on small junior hunter types even though she’s tall. It’s the scope and the balance of the horse with the conformation of the rider that makes the match. I liked that she could maneuver him easily, he’s extremely handsome and has a great temperament. If the rider can sit around the horse rather than on top of the horse, it’s better. She looks great on him.”
“I owe it all to Diane,” said Kirsch of her early success, “she set up the perfect system and I couldn’t be here without her. Team Telluride is really that, Diane coordinates the guys in the barn, Dr. Mark Cassells and the schedule, it works.”
“Debbie came as a client/student with some great experience and instruction, I have organized her system of riding and simplified it. When the rider can concentrate on their horse’s pace and keep them on a straight line, the results are predictable,” explained Carney. “Her horse is a beautiful jumper and a good mover, they are a great match and they showed that today.”
“It was really fun!” added Kirsch. “I adore him, he’s steady and has a terrific rhythm. I’m looking forward to trying to repeat it next week! It will be a true test for consistency.”
Carney agrees that consistency is key for any horse and rider.
“Debbie has had some slow time to get to know him. I think there’s a National Hunter Derby somewhere in their future,” added Carney.

The pair heading back to the barn after a great day. Photo MMuuss/Chicago Equestrian

The pair will compete again in the adult hunter division during the third week of Showplace Productions’ Spring Spectacular.
For more information on Diane Carney/Telluride Farm, visit the website at or call Diane at 847-922-6167.