2010 George H. Morris Training Session Open for Auditing

The schedule for the 4th George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session on January 5-9, 2010 in Wellington, Florida, has been set, with auditing of mounted and educational sessions open to the public free of charge.The schedule for the 4th George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session on January 5-9, 2010 in Wellington, Florida, has been set, with auditing of mounted and educational sessions open to the public free of charge.

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The schedule for the 4th George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session on January 5-9, 2010 in Wellington, Florida, has been set, with auditing of mounted and educational sessions open to the public free of charge.

Auditors will have the opportunity to get firsthand exposure to the highest level of training conducted by George H. Morris, the legendary horseman and chef d’quipe of the Olympic gold medal show-jumping team in 2009 in Hong Kong.
The selected riders, Jacqueline Lubrano, Jessica Springsteen, Zazou Hoffman, Christy Distefano, Matthew Metell, Theodore Boris, Jennifer Waxman, Reed Kessler, Chase Boggio, and Victoria Birdsall will participate in mounted sessions at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

The mounted sessions will run from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday through Saturday. On Tuesday, riders will focus on flat work (walk, trot and canter); Wednesday and Thursday, riders will focus on gymnastics; Friday, the training will continue with flat work with no stirrups; the training will conclude on Saturday with jumping instruction.

"Excellent horsemanship is as vital to being a competitor as is riding ability. We hope that people will take advantage of this opportunity to learn for free from some of the experts in our industry about what putting your horse first really means and we are proud to be a small part of this with George", said John Madden, Chairman, Syracuse Invitational Organizing Committee.

Auditors are also invited to attend the daily educational sessions. On Tuesday, at 1:00 pm Anne Kursinski, Former Olympian and USA Team rider, will present "The Heart of a Champion" followed at 2:00 pm with a veterinary session with Dr. Tim Ober, the USA Equestrian Team Veterinarian. On Wednesday, Dr. Mary Beth Gordon, Purina Mills, will conduct a nutrition session a nutrition session on Feeding the Athletic Horse: How to Get A Nutritional Advantage at 2:30 p.m. On Thursday at 1:00 p.m., Allyn Mann, Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, will lecture on Joint Health and Maintenance.

The educational sessions will conclude on Friday with the ASPCA All Star Equine Anti-Cruelty Summit & Panel Discussion led by ASPCA President Ed Sayres at 1:00 p.m. Panelists 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 Kursinski, George Morris, and Brianne Goutal, Steve Nislick from www.ny-class.org and Jennifer Swanson from www.purethoughtshorserescue.com. Following the discussion, auditors will have the opportunity to visit the 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.

The George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session has been made possible by support from The EQUUS Foundation, Practical Horseman, the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament, Purina Mills, Adequan, ASPCA, Equestrian Sports Productions, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), the USET Foundation, and the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA).
For additional information on the George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session, contact Connie Sawyer at csawyer4@twcny.rr.com.

About The EQUUS Foundation, Inc.

The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., established in August 2002, as a 501(c)(3) national charitable foundation, seeks to raise public awareness of the value of the horse in society through education and the awarding of grants to charities that use the horse to benefit the public, promote the health and welfare of horses, and elevate the equestrian sport as a whole.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, which is responsible for the selection of the grant recipients. The Board includes: Jenny Belknap Kees, Chairman, Catherine Herman, Vice Chairman, David T. Goodwin, Secretary/Treasurer, Lynn Coakley, President, David Distler, Gray Fadden, Richard Mitchell DVM, Clea Newman Soderlund, and Visse Wedell.

Thanks to the generosity of its donors, The EQUUS Foundation helps thousands of people and horses each year. Over $1.3 million in grants have been awarded since the first awards in 2003. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Contact The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, Tele: (203) 259-1550, E-Mail: equus@equusfoundation.org, website: www.equusfoundation.org.