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Canterbury Farm and Diane Carney to Host Clinic with George H. Morris

Hampshire, IL - November 16, 2007 - Legendary horseman and U.S. Show Jumping Chef d'Equipe George H. Morris will teach a clinic at Canterbury Farm in Hampshire, IL, from Nov. 23-25. Chicago-area trainer Diane Carney has been coordinating clinics with Morris at Canterbury for more than 20 years.

The clinic will run from 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. each day and will host three different groups with 22 riders in total. Each group will ride in one session a day and will be divided by level, starting at 1.10m and ranging to 1.40m.

"Clinics with George Morris started 20 years ago for myself when I wanted a riding lesson, but it became an opportunity for me to offer the Chicago area the chance to take advantage of George's education," Carney explained.

She continued, citing that students can usually expect to take away four basic tenets from the clinic: Horsemanship, discipline, forward motion and fitness. Auditors are welcome to attend the clinic and no reservations are needed. Space is unlimited and costs $70 per person, per day. For more information, please contact Carney at (847)922-6167 or dtelluride@aol.com.

Carney, based out of Hampshire, IL, from her Telluride Farm, has been both an active participant and influential trainer in the hunter and jumper community for many years. Her contributions to the industry extend to the many clinics that she teaches every year, in addition to those that she hosts annually for U.S. Show Jumping Chef d'Equipe George H. Morris and top hunter/jumper trainer Don Stewart Jr. Carney is also a driving force behind the United States Hunter Jumper Association's High Performance Hunter Committee, which seeks to develop a program that will bring the lost art of tradition and horsemanship back to the show ring.

Morris is considered to be one of the most influential trainers in the history of equestrian sport. His success started early in life, as he was the youngest person to ever win the AHSA Hunt Seat Medal Finals and the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Finals, accomplishing this at the age of 14. He then went on to represent the United States Equestrian Team on the gold medal winning team at the Pan Am Games in 1959 and the silver medal winning team at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, Italy. He has also been a member of eight Nations Cup winning teams.

Morris turned to coaching in the 1960's, training future Olympic medalists Conrad Homfeld, Melanie Taylor Smith, Leslie Burr Howard, Anne Kursinski, and Chris Kappler, among others. He has served as the assistant coach for the 1996 Olympic Show Jumping Team that won the silver medal, co-Chef d'Equipe for the 1999 Pan Am silver medal winning team, and assistant coach for the 2000 Olympic Show Jumping Team. The Show Jumping Hall of Fame inducted him as a member in 2000. He is now the Chef d'Equipe of the United States Show Jumping Team.

PHOTO CREDIT: Diane Carney, coordinator of George H. Morris clinic at Canterbury Farm in Hampshire, IL. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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