George H. Morris with John and Beezie Madden at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
The title says it all!
If you have been in Chicago and riding horses for the past 25 years ,you have either heard about, attended as an auditor, or ridden in this annual Thanksgiving Chicago riding experience. George H. Morris, as many of you know, is the current Chef d'equipe of the United States equestrian Team, and was chef d'equipe of the past 2 gold medal efforts at the Olympics in Athens and Hong Kong. His accomplishments range from winning medals as a rider himself in international and Olympic competitions as well as training many of the top professionals many of you know today! His teaching style is direct, informative, and all about horsemanship. To ride with George is to get a great reminder of the basics at any level of riding.
The Chicago clinic has had such riders as Diane Carney, Rush Weeden, Greg Franklin, Alex Jayne, Kent Farrington, Richard Rinehart, Kyle Dewar, Brenda Mueller, Ray Texel, Laura Gorman Linback, Chris Kappler, India Anderson, Nancy Winter, Joan Hammil, Debbie McIntyre, and junior riders that have placed and won national equitation finals in years past and some currently riding in this year's clinic. The 3 days of riding are progressively harder by session and by day. The flat work is taught with exercises that many of these riders used as their only riding lesson to then train their horses to be circuit champions as hunters during the Florida or Arizona or Ocala winter horse shows and winners with their Grand Prix horses nationally and internationally!
The principles of riding such as leg to hand, go forward (impulsion, the desire to go forward), straightness, balance through appropriate jumping releases such as the crest release for beginners, to the short release for intermediate riders and the automatic/jumping out of hand release for advanced riders are demonstrated in all sessions all three days. George teaches teachers the sequence and patience of the exercises and always makes it easy to understand, not always easy to do. As an auditor sitting in the ring with first hand knowledge from being with the action, it is fun learning. The front row is an exciting place to sit! George makes time for questions after each session and takes time with every ride and auditor for questions as well as to autograph one of his many books that assist instructors to teach well. Horses, riders, and auditors get 3 days of the best hunt seat instruction to be found, and for all disciplines, the horsemanship applies.
The Chicago George H. Morris clinic hosts a variety of natural obstacles in the indoor arena. The jumping material includes 10ft open water, the Chinese Wall from the Hong Kong Olympics, post and rail, cavaletti, narrow fences, triple bar, gymnastics, a portable 1 stride bank, and the 1984 Star in Motion (built by George's chef d'equipe Bertaland de Nemethy and course designer of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angles.) This replica of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame jump is this year's addition to the basic and more difficult jumps used in the clinic. The course, set by George daily, is always a clear test for horse and rider to be brave, balanced and smart. This is a riding lesson not to be missed!
The facility, CANTERBURY FARM, 14N200 Thurnau Rd., Hampshire, IL 60140 (directions to be found at www.TellurideFarm.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)is heated and provides seating, coffee and lunch for all in attendance. This year will also be an opportunity for trainers to earn their clinic or symposium credit regarding the USHJA Trainer Certification. If the trainers attend all three sessions, all three days, there is no better way to get started in this USHJA program and be part of a National group of certified instructors in America.
Reservations are not needed. When you arrive at the farm come to the front door. It is $75 per person/per day cash or check to audit. Checks get made out to Telluride (Diane Carney's business, clinic coordinator for over 25 years.). USHJA Trainer Certification is $375, cash or check made out to Telluride. There is always plenty of room, great instruction, riding demonstrations, and no better way to get focused on your basics regarding riding.
Diane Carney ( clinic coordinator)
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