Antioch, IL - July 8, 2013 - The judges for the 2013 Chicago Hunter Derby have been announced. In celebration of the 5th year of the Chicago Hunter Derby, this year's panel has three of the four judges who judged the first Chicago Hunter Derby in 2009. The panel includes the original judges, George H. Morris, Geoff Teal and Scott Williamson; new to the panel this year is Steve Wall.
The 2013 Chicago Hunter Derby is September 7-8, 2013 at Rush and Carl Weeden's Annali Farm in Antioch, IL. The derby weekend features the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby sponsored by Canadian Pacific. Proceeds from the event benefit Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation and the United States Hunter Jumper Association Foundation.
About the Judges:
George H. Morris
Morris, of Wellington, FL, began riding as a child. In 1952, at the age of fourteen, he won the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Maclay Horsemanship Finals and the American Horse Show Association (AHSA) Hunt Seat Equitation Medal Final at Madison Square Garden, making him the youngest rider to do so. Morris rode on eight winning Nations Cup teams between 1958 and 1960. He went on to train numerous riders at his Hunterdon Stables in New Jersey, who consistently have won in competitions on the East Coast.
Morris has represented the United States in many international equestrian competitions as both a rider and coach. In 1959 his team won the gold medal in the Pan American Games, and he won a team silver medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics.
Students trained by Morris have won medals in the 1984, 1992, 1996, and 2004 Olympic Games. Morris has acted as chef d'equipe for numerous winning teams, including the 2005 champions of the Samsung Super League. He fully assumed the position of chef d'equipe of the United States show jumping team in 2005. He also served in that role for many Nations Cup events.
He coached United States teams to individual and team Silver metals at the 2006 Fédération Équestre Internationale, FEI, World Equestrian Games. In 2008 he coached the team that won the Team Gold Medal at the Olympic Games in Hong Kong as well as the team member who won the Individual Bronze Medal.
Morris also serves on the USEF National Jumper Committee and Planning Committee, and he is the president of the United States Show Jumping Hall of Fame. He is the author of the book, Hunter Seat Equitation. (Bio from Wikipedia)
Geoff Teall, Wellington. FL, is a USEF "R" Judge who has judged such notable shows as; the National Horse Show, Washington International Horse Show, Winter Equestrian Festival, WIHS Equitation Finals and the 2007 USEF Medal Finals. Mr. Teall is an extremely active member of the Hunter Jumper community, co-founding the American Hunter-Jumper Foundation, serving as the chair of the WCHR Task Force and HWG Professionals Task Force, and is also a member of the USHJA Hunter Working Group.Geoff was honored with the 2006 USHJA Volunteer of the Year and the Chronicle of the Horse Show Hunter Horseman of the Year.
"I am very excited to return to the Chicago Hunter Derby for the third time as a judge," said Teall. "This event to me is the premier Derby in the country today as it exemplifies what the program is about. The course is always great, the grass field exactly what the program was designed to be and the social activities around the event are top of the line."
Scott Williamson's hunter experience ranges from rider and trainer of many championship hunters to his role as a USEF judge at all of the top horse shows in the United States and Canada. Scott's judging credentials include the ASPCA Maclay Finals four times, the National Horse Show four times and the Washington International three times. Twice he has judged at Capital Challenge and three times at the Devon Horse Show. Mr. Williamson was also on the judging panel of the 2012 International Hunter Derby Finals. Williamson is also from Wellington, FL.
Steve Wall has been involved in the horse industry for over 35 years. He graduated from Averett College with a Bachelor of Science, degree in horsemanship, and earned the British Horse Society's Assistant Instructor degree. For 30+ years he has been a professional trainer and operated Harmony Farms in Waukesha, Wisconsin, a hunter/jumper show and training facility. Steve is a United States Equestrian Federation "R" rated judge, officiating at 25 horse shows a year, including the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Washington International Horse Show and the Devon Horse Show.
For more information visit www.chicagohunterderby.com.