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Riders and Auditors Learn Horsemanship at the 2013 Chicago George H. Morris Clinic

December 04, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Hampshire, IL – December 3, 2013 

The final day of the 2013 Chicago George Morris Clinic closed out the three-day event with more auditors and more education. Morris’ clinic has been an annual opportunity thanks to organizer, Diane Carney. Backed by sponsors who also support education, the clinic continues to be one of the best clinics in the Midwest.

Morris himself is dedicated to educating riders to help create future U.S. teams. Morris is scheduled on a clinic tour to educate riders on the basic principles that allow riders to ride and compete at all levels but especially the Grand Prix level. His philosophy has been emphasized in his book, Hunter Seat Equitation and his lengthy list of accomplishments is proof of its success.

George H. Morris signing books

George H. Morris signing books

Morris set another challenging course for riders to practice riding with impulsion, the desire for the horse to go forward, and spent time on the flat working on suppleness and the concept of leg to hand. His precise set of exercises both on the flat and over fences, teaches skills to both the horses and the riders to allow them to improve.

Rider Lindsey Lamb of Oklahoma stated, “This clinic picks up where others leave off. Day one at this clinic is day three at other clinics. The level of horsemanship is evident in all the groups.” Lamb was lucky to be sponsored by Queenie Productions and John McQueen for the clinic.

Chicago area professional grand prix rider, Lisa Goldman attends the clinics to learn more and perfect her skills. She is an avid follower of Morris’ teachings. Goldman also rode in the George Morris Natural Obstacle Clinic this past September that Carney also organized.

The grand prix group: Emma Sargent, Caitie Hope, George Morris, Lisa Goldman and Stephen Foran.

The grand prix group: Emma Sargent, Caitie Hope, George Morris, Lisa Goldman and Stephen Foran.

“Why wouldn’t you participate?” exclaimed Goldman. “It’s hard to pass up opportunity like this to ride with an instructor like George. The experience is so valuable.”

Caitie Hope, an amateur rider from Barrington, IL, has also participated in the Chicago George Morris Clinic since she was a junior rider. Hope competes in the Amateur Owner Jumpers and the grand prix’s, juggling college with riding. Total Touch and Vision EH (Victoria) are Hope’s two mounts. Victoria is a new ride for Hope and is a young horse still finding her way in the jumper ring.

Auditors at George H. Morris Chicago Clinic

Auditors at George H. Morris Chicago Clinic

“I think the clinic is great,” said Hope. “I was glad to be able to ride both of my horses in sections of the clinic because it was a great way to get to know my younger horse better and work on the basics. I always like riding Total in the grand prix section of the clinic to see how we as a team improve from year to year. The clinic is always a highlight in my year.”

Auditors are also amazed but what they learn from watching the riders improve and from watching Morris himself ride and demonstrate the skills. Morris was at one time involved in theatre and acting, and can still keep the auditors at the edge of their seats. As the Chinese wall from the Hong Kong Olympics grew to 1.65m, you could hear the crowd participate in the excitement as well.

Carney expresses her gratitude to the sponsors for their support. Auditors and riders spend the day and are treated to breakfast and lunch and special giveaways thanks to the sponsors. Carney and Morris plan to hold more opportunities in 2014.

For more information on other George Morris Clinics and the schedule, please visit GHMclinics.com. To find out more about other clinic opportunities in the Chicago area, contact Diane Carney at dtelluride@aol.com.

2013 Chicago George Morris Clinic Sponsors

Showplace Productions

Ann K Hubbard’s Tack Shop

Taylor Harris Insurance Services

Peggy McEnroe

Canterbury Farm

Queenie Productions

Brookwood Farm

USHJA Zone 5

Chicago Equestrian

Stall Watch

Barrington Saddlery