Diane Carney

18752 Edwards Rd

Antioch, IL 60002

Diane Carney

Diane Carney is a lifelong, dedicated horsewoman, emphasizing horsemanship in every aspect of her world.  Her versatility and in-depth knowledge as a grand prix rider, hunter rider, clinician, USHJA certified trainer, event organizer, commentator, course designer, USEF R judge, USEF International Disciplines Committee member and USHJA Board of Directors member, gives her a well rounded perspective on the industry.


Carney’s horsemanship skills guided her to design the 2016 ASPCA Maclay Finals courses along with the honor of judging the prestigious event with Rachel Kennedy. Commentators and former Olympians George H. Morris and Anne Kursinski gave rave reviews on the course design and the judge’s ability to judge the class meticulously.


“I dare say its one of the best courses I’ve ever seen for a finals.”  -  George H. Morris


“It’s a beautiful, beautiful course and very different from what you would see at a normal horse show.” – Anne Kursinski


Carney has received the USHJA President’s Distinguished Service Award three times for her involvement in USHJA national programs; first in 2004, for her leadership in forming the USHJA Clinics Program, then in 2007 for her influence and direction of the International Hunter Derby Program, and recently in 2015 for her contribution in




Over the last 35 years, Diane has continued the mission of spreading knowledge and horsemanship through clinics and supporting programs that raise the level of horsemanship for riders, trainers and owners. She organized one of the top clinics in the country, The George H. Morris Chicago clinic, for over 30 years and organized the George H. Morris Gladstone Program at Annali-Brookwood Farm in 2014 and 2015. The programs offered exposure to not only the former Chef d’Equipe Morris, but to Olympic riders, Olympic veterinarians and other equestrian experts to those riders and trainers desiring the experience. Diane has supported and promoted education wherever she travels and is responsible for providing many clinic opportunities including Equine Affair in Ohio, Equifest of Kansas in Topeka, George H. Morris/ Scott Alder in Michigan, and George H. Morris at Smoke Tree Ranch, Arizona, to name a few. In 2017, Diane was the USHJA Gold Star Clinic Coordinator for both the east and west coast inaugural clinics.




Carney has also provided educational commentary to live stream productions such as the 2015 ASPCA Maclay Finals with George Morris, the 2015 and 2016 USHJA Children’s/Adult Jumper Championships North Region, the 2015 USHJA Zone 5 Regional Maclay Finals, the 2015 Illinois Hunter Jumper Association Medal Finals, the 2016 Capital Challenge World Championship Hunter Rider Events and the 2016 Chicago Hunter Derby handy round for EQ Sports.


Giving Back


Dedicated to giving back to the sport, Diane is currently Vice-Chairperson of the USHJA Zone 5 Committee, a member of the USHJA Emerging Jumper Pathway task force and is the USHJA representative on the USEF International Disciplines Committee. She has served in the past as Vice Chair for the Zone 5 Hunter Committee and Chairperson of the USHJA Clinics Program. Diane also participated on the Junior Hunter Task Force and the High Performance Hunter (Hunter Derby) Committees for several years.  As part of her committee work, Diane and the zone members established the USHJA Zone 5 College Scholarship.




Carney’s judging resume includes the 2016 ASPCA/Maclay Medal Finals, the New England Equitation Championships, WEF, HITS Thermal, Bend Oregon, Blenheim CA, Flintridge and Sonoma, CA; LA Masters, Kentucky Summer, The Ridge at Wellington, the Sunshine Series USHJA $100,000 Hunter Prix, HITS $500,000 Hunter Prix, IEA and IHSA. Her 2017 schedule includes the USEF Pony Finals.





Diane continues to compete at the professional level in the hunters, equitation and jumpers, both nationally and internationally. Her impressive client horse show resume includes 2008 Junior Hunter Champion at Capital Challenge, the Pennsylvania National and the WIHS with Lyle and Caitie Hope, USHJA Hunterdon Cup Reserve Champion, Bill Fitch Sportsmanship Award at the American Invitational, Pennsylvania National and Devon Best Child Rider.

Diane and her clients have won classes at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida and Spruce Meadows in the 1.50m divisions and below. Most recently, she has added client Grand Prix wins for the 2016 season at the Lake St. Louis Shows with Caitie Hope and Total Touch.


Judging Accomplishments

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In 2018, Diane was honored with the Peter Wells Family Trophy at the National Horse Show in Kentucky for her service to the equestrian industry. Carney was significantly instrumental in the development of the hunter derbies, leading to the reinvention of hunters.


Because of her ability to build consensus, get the job done, and for her display of outstanding horsemanship and dedication, Diane was named the IHJA Horseperson of the Year in 2008 and was honored in 2017 as the USHJA Zone 5 Horseperson of the Year. In 2015 and 2017, Diane was presented the USHJA President's Distinguished Service Award. Diane has dedicated her life to the equestrian sport and works to promote growth and improvements within the industry




Diane Carney/Telluride is based in Chicago and Wellington, Florida.

Riding & Training Accomplishments

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Hunter Holloway and Cassanova 30, owned by Virginia Bartholomay, at Spruce Meadows

Spruce Meadows

 Donnalaris, owned by Virginia Bartholomay, with Oliver McCarthy aboard in the U25.


Central Park Horse Show

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