Gladstone, NJ – April 9, 2014 -The United States Equestrian Team Foundation announced today that the deadline for the George H. Morris “Gladstone Program” has been extended to Friday, April 18. The program is dedicated to the country’s talented show jumping riders, and offers a this unique opportunity to learn from the country’s former Show Jumping Chef d’Equipe and the founding father of hunt seat equitation.
The program is open to riders 18+ years of age, who are currently competing successfully at 1.45 meters or above. Morris will personally select a maximum of 10 riders for each clinic.
The first program will be held May 19-25, 2014 at the United States Equestrian Team Foundation’s headquarters “Hamilton Farm” in Gladstone, New Jersey, and the second program will run June 23-29, 2014, organized by Diane Carney and held at Canterbury Farm in Hampshire, Illinois.
The “Gladstone Program” is an intensive week of training and education for exceptionally dedicated and talented show jumping riders who are serious about their interest and desire to pursue a path that will prepare them for international competition.
The purpose of the program is to continue to educate, support and guide riders on the overall knowledge and expertise required to succeed at the top level of show jumping internationally. In addition to daily training sessions with Morris, the riders will participate in hands on sessions with a veterinarian, farrier, a top team stable manager, physiotherapist, and high performance business executive.
This year, one of the clinicians during the Gladstone Program at Hamilton Farms will be Dr. Gerhard Heuschmann, renowned expert in the field of biomechanics of the horse, and how it relates to the training and overall wellbeing of the horse.
The Gladstone Program held at Canterbury Farm in Hampshire, IL, will incorporate natural obstacles on a large grand prix field, designed to prepare riders for outdoors venues like Spruce Meadows. Dr. Marvin Beeman DVM from Littleton Equine Medical Center in Colorado will be the presenting veterinarian.
Each rider will meet one-on-one with Morris during the week to discuss their current and future plans and Morris will help guide them in putting together a program that will continue their preparation for international competition. Morris will also remain available after the program to follow up and monitor each rider’s progress.
Riders interested in participating should complete an application and submit to the USET Foundation, P.O. Box 355, Gladstone, NJ 07935, or fax: 908-234-0670 no later than April 18th. Selected riders will be notified on, or about April 28th. Applications are available on the USET Foundation and USEF websites, www.uset.org and www.usef.org.