Riders Look Forward to George H. Morris Clinic in Michigan
George H. Morris travels the world to deliver his message on horsemanship.
Prestigious Panel Joins Morris to Judge Michigan Medal Finals
Temperance, MI – August 28, 2014 – Labor Day Weekend brings the highly competitive Michigan Hunter Jumper Association B Medal Finals to be judged by the prestigious panel of George H. Morris, Diane Carney and Sue Bauer-Pinckney. Organized by Scott Alder of Temperance, MI with Stoney Ridge Farm and the Michigan Hunter Jumper Association, Morris will extend his stay and give a three-day clinic, which includes USHJA Trainer Certification, on September 1-3, 2014 at Hunter’s Run Stables.
The former U.S. Chef d’ Equipe travels the world educating riders on the basics of horsemanship and the forward seat. His lengthy resume attests to his success as a rider, trainer and Chef d’ Equipe, earning multiple Olympic Medals. His clinics are methodical and organized, stressing proper turnout of both horse and rider, basic position and horsemanship. Clinic participants and trainers are looking forward to the time with Morris.
Trainers Dorothy and Melissa Campbell of Just a Folly Farm in Oxford, MI, have been in business since 1981 and have riders participating in the clinic.
“We’re very excited for this,” said Dorothy Campbell. “To have someone of his stature in the area is great so riders can be near him, be judged by him and listen to the man who’s been directly involved in developing our sport.”
Morris teaches future U.S. Team riders with programs such as the Horsemastership and Gladstone Programs.
The Campbells say their riders are both excited and nervous, as as they’ve heard stories about the stern Morris from past clinics. Riders are getting prepared for the clinic by riding vigorously without stirrups, practicing the medal tests and checking their attire and tack over and over.
“We look forward to the insight that Morris will provide on our rider’s abilities. We hope all the students will get something to work for and get some goals but above all else, be inspired to dream big,” added Dorothy Campbell.
Trainer Jennifer Hallman, 56, of Windermere Equestrian Center in Clinton Township, MI, will be riding in the clinic along with her customers.
“Everyone is really looking forward to it and I think some people are mildly intimidated,” laughed Hallman. “We’re really looking forward to his knowledge and expertise. George (Morris) is a traditionalist so I think it will be a learning experience for everyone. I’m riding in the clinic for myself. I run the farm and manage the employees and this I do for me. If I get just one thing out of it that helps me ride better or teach better, then it will be worth it.”
Nierice Gulino of Foxwoode Hunt Club in Holly, MI, is another trainer with riders in the clinic and the medal final. She explained the riders are eager and slightly intimidated about what might be asked of them. They have all re-read Morris’ book (Hunter Seat Equitation), checked their tack and have been polishing their boots for a week already.
“We’re treating the medal like any other medal,” said Gulino. “The goal is to complete the course and get to the test. We’ve ridden Scott Alder’s courses before so we have an idea of what to expect. If they’re not prepared for the course it doesn’t matter who the judge is. The riders are treating it all with the utmost respect.”
Regarding the clinic, Gulino added, “I hope my riders will hear from Morris what I stress on a daily basis and I hope they carry it forward to realize this is the way it’s supposed to be all the time. Some riders won’t go on with riding as a career but I hope they will learn the work ethic and care and carry it with them to whatever profession they get into.”
Sunday morning, August 31st, will be the highly competitive MHJA Medal Finals. The competition should be truly a one of a kind opportunity for spectators and riders with the prestigious panel at the helm. The judges will also choose the Best Medal Horse to be awarded the “Mary Bonisteel Alder Memorial Trophy".
Monday, September 1st will be the first day of the George H Morris clinic and USHJA Trainer Certification. Group times are:
9:00am – 11:00am 2’9”-3’
11:00am – 1:00pm 3’-3’3”
2:30pm – 4:30pm 3’6” and up
Auditors are welcome for $75per day. Trainer Certification is an additional one-time fee of $50.
Hunter’s Run Stable is located at 9241 Secor Road Temperance, MI, 48182.
For more information on the clinic or the show, please visit www.MHJA.org or contact Scott Alder at 734-395-9086.
For a list of more GHM clinics visit www.GHMclinics.com.
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