Buffalo, New York - Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center is pleased to announce that George H. Morris will return to the facility next week, November 12-14, 2010, to host an educational seminar. A legendary horseman and 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 equestrian sport in its entirety.
Second to none, his teachings, technique, and style are revered around the world. Three groups (Intermediate, Advanced, and Jumper) of eight riders, as well as auditors seeking knowledge through observation, will partake in this remarkably educational event.
"I'm really excited, I'm excited every year to have George (Morris) come to BTRC," stated Jennifer Alfano, SBS Farms rider and trainer as well as the 2009 Chronicle of the Horse Show Hunter Horsewoman of the Year. "It's amazing how much you can always learn and George is just a master and such a great resource to learn from. It's fun to be able to test new horses with him, especially in a non-competitive way. The last two years I've done Pre-Green horses, and it's amazing how much they can learn in just three days. We give them a little time off and then bring the back out in Florida and its amazing how much they remember!"
"Jen learns every step of the way and is a sponge when it comes to knowledge," commented SBS Farms director and trainer Susie Schoellkopf. "She never wants to stop learning, and I think that is the real key. As a rider and a trainer, that really gives her an edge in the ring with the horses, and in the care of the horses and how they feel."
Schoellkopf continued, "Chris Euwanawski, who rides for Geoff Teall, Todd Kaerns, a professional from Srycause, Jen and Madision Brayman will all be participating in the clinic next week. People really look forward to it and now when we send the press release out in January, people start to sign up right away. We've done this event for awhile now with George, probably for about thirty years."
"Not only is this a great educational event for riders and trainers alike, it's a great fundraiser for the BTRC," said Schoelkoff with a smile. "It gives us a lot of great publicity and is a great way to raise money for the kids program. We just love it. George is just an artist with his teaching and it is fun to watch him progress with each person. If Jen could go in two groups, she would. We had so many people who want to participate I had to limit Jen to just one! I had someone call just today looking for a spot, but we're all sold out. We have people coming from Canada and New Hampshire and all over, so it's exciting for us and for people to be able to meet with such a legend. George just does a great job and we just enjoy having him!"
"Susie Schoelkoff is a very old friend and we go back many years," noted Morris. "I go back to Buffalo every year, and I'm very happy to go there. She does a great job running the clinic. I'm looking forward to the clinic and lots of interest."
Morris will return to the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center after traveling around the world with the United States Show Jumping Team as they completed the final leg of the Selection Trials and then competed at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky.
Over the course of his career, Morris has been highly successful as a rider, coach, clinician, author, and judge. His insight and guidance is 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 first hand knowledge for success.
For more information please visit www.thebtrc.org
Photo Credit: George Morris at BTRC teaching clinic hosted by SBS Farms. Photo By: Phelps Media Group/PMG.