Diane Carney

Judging, Clinics, Commentary

Diane Carney

Diane Carney is a lifelong, horsewoman, emphasizing horsemanship in every aspect of her world.  Diane’s versatility and in-depth knowledge at all levels of the sport, gives her a well-rounded perspective. Diane’s credentials include:


• USEF Licensed Official “R” HU/JP/EQ

• Clinician

• Commentator

• Event/Clinic Organizer

• Course Designer

Clinics and Education


Over the last 40 years, Diane has continued the mission of spreading horsemanship through clinics and supporting programs that raise the level of horsemanship for riders, trainers and owners. Diane’s courses allow riders to feel and experience the five factors of jumping (pace, line, balance, impulsion, distance).


She organized one of the top clinics in the Chicago area for over 30 years and organized the Gladstone Program Chicago at Brookwood Farm in 2014 and 2015.


The programs offered exposure 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, Scott Alder in Michigan, Georgy Maskrey-Segesman at Whitethorne in California, Patty Ball at Hunterville Stable in California, and Smoke Tree Ranch, Arizona, to name a few.



Diane’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 exhibitors alike gave rave reviews on the course design and the judge’s ability to judge the class meticulously. Other judging highlights include the World Equestrian Center/Ohio/Ocala, New England Equitation Championships, the Winter Equestrian Festival, the USHJA $100,000 Hunter Prix, HITS $500,000 Hunter Prix, USEF Pony Finals, Blenheim, Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, IHSA Finals, Franktown Meadows, Thunderbird, and the Del Mar National.  (See timeline below for more.)



Judging Accomplishments

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Carney has provided educational commentary to live stream productions such as the 2015 and 2019 ASPCA Maclay Finals, Traverse City Great Lakes Equestrian Festival 2020 Grand Prixs, and Hunter Derby, 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. In 2019 Carney provided commentary for Franktown Meadows International Hunter Derby, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Grand Prixs, including the Pennsylvania Big Jump.




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


Diane has received the USHJA President’s Distinguished Service Award four 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 in 2015 and 2017 for her contribution in Governance.


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.



Diane has dedicated her life to the equestrian sport and works to promote growth and improvements within the industry.


Diane was a successful grand prix and hunter rider for over 35 years, earning top prizes in Calgary and numerous national grand prixs as well as national and zone Horse of the Year Awards on horses such as Texas Tea, Chaquita, Twist and Shout and Total Touch.


Diane has previously volunteered her time on committees such as:

• USEF International Disciplines Committee member

• USHJA Board of Directors member

• USHJA Emerging Jumper Pathway task force

• Vice Chair for the Zone 5 Hunter Committee (established the Zone 5 Scholarship)

• Chairperson of the USHJA Clinics Program.

• Junior Hunter Task Force

• High Performance Hunter (Hunter Derby) Committees



Diane is successful in helping investors choose grand prix horses and pair them with the best team to achieve client goals. Currently, Diane has partnered owner Virginia Bartholomay with grand prix horse Cesna M (foaled 2012) and Margie Goldstein-Engle, competing in National level and FEI grand prixs.


Diane continues to train and assist teams of trainers 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 is currently President of Athletes For Equity in Sport, Inc., a 501(c)(6) striving for fair process in SafeSport.


Contact Diane for schedule availability – 847-922-6167 or dtelluride@aol.com.

Riding & Training Accomplishments

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Spruce Meadows



Cassanova 30, owned by Virginia Bartholomay, at Spruce Meadows


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


Central Park Horse Show

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