Olympic Silver medalist and famed equestrian coach, George H. Morris will headline the "Showcase" on Friday, April 5 at the 2019 Burlington Capital International Omaha, April 4-7, 2019 at CHI Health Center arena and convention center.
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Making history in the sport of show jumping is what Morris does. The youngest rider to win both the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Finals and the AHSA Hunt Seat Equitation Medal Finals, Morris had a stellar riding career that also included a team Silver Medal in the 1960 Olympics in Rome and a Gold Medal in the 1959 Pan American Games. Morris’s teaching and coaching career has produced multiple Olympic Gold Medalists and Nations Cup team victories as show jumping coach of the United States Equestrian Team. Morris’s students include many of the top riders in the highest levels of the sport. In 2000, Morris was inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame.
Morris’s no holds barred, candid approach sees him deliver critiques that challenge riders to focus, while instilling discipline to enhance the riders’ horsemanship skills. Riders of any discipline will gain valuable knowledge from attending the Showcase and watching Morris work with a variety of riders. Morris will also hold a shortened clinic in the “Horse Discovery Zone,” an educational expo that is open to the public free of charge.
“Not very often are you able to be in the presence of a ‘living legend’ like George Morris. The Midwest riding community is very fortunate to have this opportunity to observe and learn from the best,” said Lisa Roskens, founder and chairman of the Omaha Equestrian Foundation which hosted the 2017 FEI World Cup Finals in jumping and dressage.
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In addition to watching Morris at the Educational Showcase on Friday evening, grown-ups and children alike can wander through the Horse Discovery Zone (Education Expo) free of charge all weekend long to learn about the equine industry, health and science of horse management, and the unique aspects of various breeds in International Omaha’s Gallery of Breeds exhibit. Children will have a chance to jump over rails, braid horse tails and discover interesting facts like why horses can’t throw up.
While watching the riders warm-up for competition and demonstrate their talent, spectators can also stroll through and shop with unique and specialty merchants as well as equine specific vendors in the Boutique Shopping Village. Shoppers can find that one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry or fall in love with a new pair of boots or a “can’t live without” jacket.
The Omaha Equestrian Foundation, a certified 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit foundation, has been committed to building a world-class equestrian experience, the International Omaha, a nationally sanctioned equestrian show jumping and dressage experience now going into its eight year. The successful growth of this event helped secure the bid to host the highly acclaimed 2017 FEI World Cup™ Finals which brought athletes and fans from all across the world to Omaha.
International Omaha is April 4-7, 2019 at CHI Health Center Omaha arena and convention center. General Admission tickets go on sale Thursday December 13. Ticketing information including hospitality and VIP packages are available at www.internationalomaha.com.
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