The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has announced that the 11th annual George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session will held at The Stadium at Equestrian Village in Wellington, Fla., January 3-7, 2017.
The session is designed to identify and develop the next generation of top U.S. Equestrian Team talent through instruction in a variety of aspects of horsemanship. Past participants have gone on to represent the U.S. on recent Nations Cup teams, including Lillie Keenan, Ali Wolff, Tori Colvin, and Kelli Cruciotti.
The 2017 Training Session will feature intensive mounted sessions led by internationally acclaimed U.S. athletes and daily instruction from experts in their respective fields. In the barn, Training Session Barn Manager Colleen Reed will offer instruction as participants complete all of their own horse care throughout the Training Session.
Clinicians Anne Kursinski, Beezie Madden, and Laura Kraut will work with the participants during mounted sessions that focus on flatwork, gymnastics, and courses, respectively. Similar to last year, the Program will conclude with a Nations Cup-style session on Saturday, January 7.
“Teaching young riders to ride on a team is crucial for our future success in international competition. Last year, we introduced the Nations Cup format and I really felt it was a valuable addition to the Training Session,” said Kraut. “I am thrilled to return in 2017 as this program provides an incredible experience for our up-and-coming athletes.”
Twelve riders will be asked to participate in the session, with seven of the spots going to winners of various USEF qualifying competitions. Five riders will be chosen from Wild Card Applications, however, and athletes interested in Wild Card Applications should contact Casey Easley, USEF Show Jumping Director of High Performance Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be due Monday, November 21 by 5:00 p.m. ET.
The public is welcome to audit all mounted sessions at no charge.