George H. Morris Horsemastership Sessions in Wellington Open to All for Free

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George Morris and US dressage Chef d'Equipe Jessica Ransehousen at 2009 World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany. © 2009 Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com
George Morris and US dressage Chef d'Equipe Jessica Ransehousen at 2009 World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany. © 2009 Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Dec. 10–The George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session to be held in Wellington Jan. 5-9 with auditing of mounted and educational sessions is open to the public free of charge.

Auditors will receive first hand exposure to the highest level of training conducted by the legendary horseman and chef d’équipe of the 2008 Olympic gold medal show-jumping team.

Selected riders, Jacqueline Lubrano, Jessica Springsteen, Zazou Hoffman, Christy Distefano, Matthew Metell, Theodore Boris, Jennifer Waxman, Reed Kessler, Chase Boggio, and Victoria Birdsall, will participate in mounted sessions at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Mounted sessions will run from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday through Saturday. On Tuesday, riders will focus on flat work (walk, trot and canter); Wednesday and Thursday, riders will focus on gymnastics; Friday, the training will continue with flat work with no stirrups; the training will conclude on Saturday with jumping instruction.

“Excellent horsemanship is as vital to being a competitor as is riding ability. We hope that people will take advantage of this opportunity to learn for free from some of the experts in our industry about what putting your horse first really means and we are proud to be a small part of this with George”, said John Madden, chairman of the Syracuse Invitational Organizing Committee.

Daily educational sessions include: Tuesday, at 1:00 pm Anne Kursinski, Olympian and Team USA rider, on “The Heart of a Champion;” at 2:00 pm a veterinary session with Dr. Tim Ober, the U.S. team veterinarian.

The clinic will end Friday with the ASPCA All Star Equine Anti-Cruelty Summit & Panel Discussion at 1 p.m. led by ASPCA President Ed Sayres and include Dr. Melinda Merck, Dr. Pamela Corey, Joseph Pentangelo, John Madden, Beezie Madden, Anne Kursinski, George Morris, and Brianne Goutal,

The George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session has been made possible by support from The EQUUS Foundation, Practical Horseman, the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament, Purina Mills, Adequan, ASPCA, Equestrian Sports Productions, the United States Equestrian Federation, the USET Foundation and the United States Hunter Jumper Association.

For additional information contact Connie Sawyer at csawyer4@twcny.rr.com.