Sunday, December 12, 2010

Looking back at the 2010 George Morris Clinic

The Annual Thanksgiving George Morris clinic, hosted by Diane Carney at Canterbury Farm, was once again a huge hit in the Chicago area. Every year we all look forward to the George Morris clinic

This years clinic did double duty as a USHJA Trainer Certification Clinic, to date this has been the only combined clinic/trainer certification program held. What a great way to offer two exceptional programs to the community at one time!

We at Chicago Equestrian were lucky enough to be able to participate through auditing the clinic, providing giveaways for a drawing on Saturday, Brenda Mueller rode in the clinic and on Sunday we gave away goodies during a 'pop quiz' on George Morris principles.

As usual the rider and horse combination's at the clinic were a pleasure to watch. With the guidance of one the masters of horsemanship, we watched each combination at the the three levels get tested and pushed to reach further and be better. It takes hard work, dedication and skill to make it to the upper levels in this sport and having a teacher that can share his expertise is invaluable. The questions put out to each combination had a clear strategy in preparing them for areas that needed work, such as young horses and proper schooling over water jumps,  using elements of courses to prepare for precision coursework, demanding perfection in the flat work, etc.

Every attendee at the clinic, Riders, Horses, Training Certificate Participants and auditors all left the clinic with an enriched education and renewed enthusiasm for riding and for riding correctly!

Check out the Website for additional articles on the George Morris Clinic as well as some great articles on riders in the clinic!

George Morris teaching in the clinic

George Morris Schooling a horse in the clinic

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