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George Morris Returns to the BTRC for Annual Clinic November 7-9

The George Morris clinic is a distinguished part of the USHJA Trainer Certification Program.

Buffalo, NY – October 28, 2014 – The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC) will be hosting their annual George H. Morris clinic November 7-9 in Downtown Buffalo, NY. This clinic has been distinguished as part of the USHJA Trainer Certification Program, and is one of the most anticipated instructional events of the year. The clinic has a dual role, serving as a fundraiser for the BTRC, its programs, horses and special needs children, as well as offering riders the opportunity to learn from the world renowned Morris, the “founding father of hunt seat equitation.”

The BTRC is offering three levels of riders – Intermediate, Jumper and Advanced. Each level is comprised of eight riders for a total of 24 participants in the clinic, creating an intimate setting for riders and auditors alike to learn from the former Chef d’Equipe of the United States. Riding spaces are $800/rider for three days and $850 for riders wishing to receive credit for USHJA Trainer Certification. Riders are allowed to have ONE free auditing space available to a person of their choosing.

If the opportunity to reserve a riding spot has passed you, auditor spots are also offered. Whether you are a rider, trainer, beginner or advanced, everyone can gain knowledge and insight through observation. Auditing spaces are $250/person for three days or $90/person per day. If the auditor also desires credit for USHJA Trainer Certification, the cost is $300 for three days. Information and application are available here: http://www.thebtrc.org/programs/instructional-clinics/.

The intermediate group will jump 3′ and ride from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. every day. The advanced group will jump 3’3″ and ride from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day. The jumper group will jump 3’6″ to 4′ and will ride from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. A discussion period is available for all riders and auditors on Friday, November 9, at 5 pm.

Morris is a legendary horseman, rider, trainer, clinician, author, coach and judge. He 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. His teachings, technique, and style are revered around the world.

His insight and guidance are invaluable to anyone looking to further his or her riding skills. The clinic will focus as much on horsemanship as it does on riding, offering attendees firsthand knowledge for success.

The George Morris Clinic is a 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 2014 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 training 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.

To learn more about the 2014 USHJA Zone HOTY Finals, visit http://www.ushja.org/zones/documents/2014_HOTY_Specs.pdf.

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