Blackjack Farms Welcomes George H. Morris for 2016 Southeast Clinic and USHJA Trainer Certification Program

Written by: Rebecca Walton
Client: George H. Morris
Release Date: 2016-09-20

Birmingham, Ala. – Sept. 20, 2016 – Always a special stop for George Morris on his clinic tour, this year’s event at Blackjack Farms will continue to offer a little something extra as owners Miller and Frances Gorrie and trainer J. Michael Halbleib welcome the esteemed clinician. The event will be held at the 900-acre facility located on the foothills of Blackjack Ridge and the Appalachian Mountains from Sept. 23-25, 2016, and is also part of the USHJA Trainer Certification Program. On Saturday, September 24, the Gorries will host a special Open House barbecue and book signing for all of their guests, while the Trainer Certification Program round table event will be held on Friday night.

“One of the highlights each year at Blackjack Farms is bringing in George Morris for our annual USHJA teaching and riding clinic,” stated Halbleib. “This year will be the 12th year that we have hosted George, and not only has this USHJA Trainer Certificate Program event been beneficial to our farm regarding our teaching and training program, but it has helped to raise the level of horsemanship in the southeastern United States and Zone 4.”

Halbleib added, “We have included the Georgia Hunter Jumper Association (GHJA) and the Alabama Hunter Jumper Association (AHJA) as educational sponsors at the local level. It goes without saying that George has done an exemplary job teaching each year, and we have upgraded the quality of riders and this year is no exception. Additionally, George has become a good friend to many equestrians in Birmingham, Atlanta and the surrounding area. It is a great event to host, and its our pleasure to showcase our farm and facility.”

While spots to participate as a rider in the clinic filled up immediately, auditor positions are unlimited to gain knowledge from the esteemed Morris through observation. A waiting list is also available for riders should other openings become available. Auditor spots are available for $75 per day, which includes lunch sponsored by Lyda White, Diana Walker, the Alabama Hunter Jumper Association and the Georgia Hunter Jumper Association. Adamson Ford will be offering cold water bottles for all participants all weekend.

The daily clinic schedule will begin with the first group of beginner riders will begin at 9:00 a.m., followed by intermediate riders at 11:30 a.m. The final group of advanced riders will commence at 2:00 p.m.

Blackjack Farm and J. Michael Halbleib would like to extend a special thanks to all of the clinic sponsors that make this event possible, including Diana Walker, Lyda White, Adamson Ford, AHJA, GHJA, Markel Insurance, USHJA, USEF – TCP, FarmVet and Milo’s Tea.

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