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The 2013 George Morris Clinic Returns to the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center November 8-10

October 04, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Buffalo, NY – October 4, 2013 – World renowned George H. Morris will once again travel to the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC) for the 2013 George Morris Clinic. The annual clinic will take place November 8-10, at the historical Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center in Downtown Buffalo, NY. This educational seminar is part of the USHJA Trainer Certification Program, and is currently accepting applications for riders and auditors.


Twenty-four riders will have the opportunity to partake in this event by participating in three groups of eight riders (Intermediate, Advanced, Jumper). The spots for the clinic are started filling up in early March, but it is not too late to add your name to the waiting list. The entry blank to apply for the 2013 George Morris Clinic is available at http://www.thebtrc.org/index.php/download_file/view/182/139/


Auditor spots are still available for only $250 per person for all three days, or $90 per person per day. The George Morris Clinic is a “can’t miss” opportunity for auditors of all experience levels to gain knowledge from the esteemed Morris through observation. Applications for auditing are available by contacting the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center at becandbtrc@aol.com or at http://www.thebtrc.org/programs/instructional-clinics/.


A legendary horseman and past Chef d’Equipe of the United States Show Jumping Team, Morris has played an integral role, not only in the development of countless renowned horses and riders, but also in the development of the current equestrian sport. He has often been referred to as the “founding father of hunt seat equitation.” Second to none, his teachings, technique, and style are revered around the world. Over the course of his career, Morris has been highly successful as a rider, coach, clinician, author and judge.


His insight and guidance are invaluable to anyone looking to further their riding skills, whether as a participant or as an auditor. The clinic will focus as much on horsemanship as it does on riding, offering attendees firsthand knowledge for success.


The daily clinic schedule will include the first group of intermediate riders from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., followed by advanced riders from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The final group of jumper/demo riders will commence at 2:30 and run until 4:30 p.m. A discussion period is available for all riders and auditors on Friday, November 9, at 5 pm.


The George Morris Clinic is distinguished as a part of the USHJA Trainer Certification Program. The program was developed to preserve the American Hunter/Jumper Forward Riding System though comprehensive education programs that will increase levels of certification for professional horse trainers. In order to receive and maintain certification, trainers are tested on a broad spectrum of relevant professional information, including training techniques, safety of horse and rider, horsemanship skills and business ethics. The 2013 George Morris Clinic at the BTRC is the perfect addition to the program, where professional trainers will learn from the best in the business.


Executive Director of the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center Susie Schoellkopf has hosted the George Morris Clinic for over 25 years. She admires his teachings and his demonstration of getting back to the basics. Schoellkopf strongly believes that it is his teachings that help to raise the standards of teaching and instruction in the United States.


Based out of Buffalo, NY, SBS Farms’ Susie Schoellkopf and Jennifer Alfano run one of the foremost show hunter training operations in the country, and travel nationwide to compete in the nation’s most prestigious horse shows. SBS Farms, Inc. continues the proud tradition of the Saddle and Bridle Club as one of the top show stables in the northeast. Schoellkopf is also the Executive Director of the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, which houses both The Buffalo Equestrian Center as well as SBS Farms. Built in 1922, the 160-stall facility is a historical landmark, with its unique English Tudor and gothic style architecture. For more information on SBS Farms and the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, please visit www.thebtrc.org.



Photo Credit: George Morris will return to the Buffalo Therapeutic Center for the 2013 George Morris Clinic. Photo By: Lauren Fisher. This photo many only be used in relation to this Phelps Media Group press release.