Local Horse Trainer Invited to World Stage
Jeff Wilson of Black Willow Morgans in Delhi, NY has been invited to showcase his Morgan horses at the 2010 World Equestrian Games this September in Kentucky.
Hosting Open House This Saturday
The World Equestrian Games, which are the world championships for seven horse disciplines, have never been held in America before this year and are being held in Lexington, Kentucky this September. Over 60 countries and 750,000 people are expected to converge on Kentucky for this sixteen day horse event.
With the Morgan being America's first breed, and the honor of America hosting the World Equestrian Games, The American Morgan Association recognized they had the opportunity to present the Morgan to the world in a powerful way. Jeff was hand picked as a member of a special team that was assembled for this important presentation.
Jeff Wilson from Black Willow Morgans Training and Breeding Facility in Delhi, NY, was born and raised in Delhi where he still lives with his family. “This area has been so perfect for me as a horseman to focus on my horses in an amazing setting,” Jeff said. His unique line of Morgans has its heritage in the Catskill Mountains. Black Willow Morgans will be having an open house this Saturday from 10:00am - 3:00pm. “We are going to showcase our horses and hold some educational seminars,” Jeff said. “I'm going to be demonstrating some parts of my World Equestrian Games presentation, so come on out, grab some lunch and see what we are about.”
Jeff has dedicated his time to preserving the beauty and character of the Morgan in his line of horses. His passion has been to showcase the Morgan for what the breed has to offer. He has worked with his horses in high end trick and performance training for the purpose of showcasing the Morgan. “I look at the World Equestrian Games as such an amazing opportunity to introduce not only the Morgan, but this line of Morgans from right here in the Catskills, to the world,” Jeff said.
For each of the sixteen days, Jeff's performance will feature his Morgans with high end movements, called haute ecole, from the classic dressage world as well as much of Jeff's trick training. “One of the tricks I will be bringing to Kentucky is my horse saluting from a two-tiered pedestal while waving an American Flag from its mouth. That’s going to be really unique,” Jeff said.
Jeff expressed that community support is going to be vital as getting ready for the games will be their biggest task yet. “We will need to raise sponsorships for our facility and programs as we have in the past. This community has been a great support over the years.” Jeff said.
You can follow the progress on Black Willow Morgans blog or Facebook under “The Road to Kentucky” both of which are linked from their website: BlackWillowMorgans.com. The Games will be broadcast on NBC Sports, which has marked the largest commitment to network coverage of equestrian sport in U.S. television history.