Updated December 24, 2009, with location change and public schedule! November 6, 2009 -- The George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session to develop future U.S. Equestrian Team members will be held January 5-9, 2010, in Wellington, Fla. The mounted sessions will be held in the International/Grand Prix Ring on the North Grounds of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The classroom style presentations will be held in the Blue Ribbon Club.
George Morris, the legendary horseman and chef d'équipe of the Olympic gold medal show-jumping team in 2009 in Hong Kong, will lead a select group of top young riders in a comprehensive program in horsemastership not just involving mounted sessions but also sessions conducted by experts on such topics as stable management, veterinary care and nutrition. The aim of the training session is to develop a pipeline of young "horsemasters" for future U.S. Equestrian Teams.
The eligible riders for the 2010 session are Jacqueline Lubrano, Jessica Springsteen, Zazou Hoffman, Christy Distefano, Tina Dilandri, Matthew Metell, Theodore Boris, Jennifer Waxman, Reed Kessler and Chase Boggio. The riders were invited based on their national equitation computer ranking and performance.
Auditing of the educational sessions is free and open to the public, as are the coffee and doughnuts provided each morning.
The training session is supported by the EQUUS Foundation, the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament, the U.S. Equestrian Federation, the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association, the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Equestrian Sports Productions, Practical Horseman magazine and Purina Mills.
Watch EquiSearch.com for more information about the training session. Read coverage from past years: 2007, 2008 and 2009.
PUBLIC SESSION SCHEDULE (FREE AUDITING, NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED)
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
8 a.m. - Mounted session with George Morris - flat work group I
10 a.m. - Mounted session with George Morris - flat work group II
1 p.m. - Anne Kursinski, Olympian: presentation on "The Heart of a Champion"
2 p.m. - Veterinary Session, Dr. Tim Ober, USA Team Veterinarian
3:30 p.m. - Riders set ring with George Morris for Wednesday sessions
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
8 a.m. - Mounted Session with George Morris - flat work and gymnastics, group II
10 a.m. - Mounted Session with George Morris - flat work and gymnastics, group I
2:30 p.m. - Nutrition Session, Dr. Mary Beth Gordon, Ph.D., Purina Mills: Feeding the Athletic Horse: How to Get A Nutritional Advantage
3:30 p.m. - All riders set ring with George Morris for Thursday
Thursday, January 7, 2010
8 a.m. - Mounted Session with George Morris - flat work and gymnastics, group I
10 a.m. - Mounted Session with George Morris - flat work and gymnastics, group II
1 p.m. - Joint Health and Maintenance Session, Allyn Mann, Luitpold Pharmaceuticals
Friday, January 8, 2010
8 a.m. - Mounted Session with George Morris - flat work, no stirrups, group II
10 a.m. - Mounted Session with George Morris - flat work, no stirrups, group I
1 p.m. - ASPCA All Star Equine Anti-Cruelty Summit & Panel Discussion led by ASPCA President Ed Sayres. Panel to include: From the ASPCA, Ed Sayres, Dr. Melinda Merck, Dr. Pamela Corey, Joseph Pentangelo,
World Class/Olympic Riders and Trainers, John Madden, Beezie Madden, Anne Kurskinski, George Morris, and Brianne Goutal, Steve Nislick from www.ny-class.org and Jennifer Swanson from www.purethoughtshorserescue.com. Display and tour of the ASPCA's Mobile Animal Crime Scene Unit, the only one of its kind, and exhibition of rescued horses and dogs available for adoption following discussion.
2:30 p.m. - Riders set ring for Friday sessions with George Morris - Course Building
Saturday, January 9, 2010
8 a.m. - Mounted Session with George Morris - Jumping (course) group I
10 a.m. - Mounted Session with George Morris - Jumping (course) group II
Schedule of events and locations subject to change without notice, check www.syracuseinvitational.com for most current listing. No fee for auditors, however a donation to the USET Foundation is appreciated.