Doda and Athina to be trained by legendary George Morris…

Doda competing with his Olympic mount AD Rahmannshof's Bogeno last year in Aachen
Doda competing with his Olympic mount AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno last year in Aachen

A&D Stables has confirmed that the legendary George Morris with be training both Brazilian Olympian Doda Miranda, and his wife Athina Onassis de Miranda this season. The two-time Olympic bronze medalist is very excited about the upcoming season and both him and his wife agree, that training with the legendary George Morris will be an exciting opportunity for both top athletes.

George and Athina discuss the course during the World Cup week in Wellington
George and Athina discuss the course during the World Cup week in Wellington

The couple, who both placed in the top 3 in the grand finale CSI5* Grand Prix of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida will certainly be a dynamic and competitive combination this year. Doda, who won the final $500,000 Grand Prix of the 2013 FTI Consulting WEF circuit aboard his Olympic mount AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno, is looking to make this season even more competitive than last year. Doda is the number one ranking Brazilian rider at the moment, standing at 22nd in the world. Athina finished an impressive third place overall in the final Grand Prix of this year’s WEF circuit aboard her exciting 10 year old grey mare, Camille Z, beating Olympic gold medal combination Nick Skelton and Big Star, who finished 4th. The Parisian-born rider, who represents the country of Greece, acts as Patroness of the well-acclaimed Longines Global Champions Tour and will be a frequent presence within the Longines GCT international ring after a very successful 12 weeks season in Wellington, FL.

George has committed to 40 weeks in Europe this year, where he will mainly focus on training with Doda and Athina exclusively. He will also spend some time hosting his well-attended clinics, but the legendary American Olympian and famed clinician will be attending much of the CSI5* European circuit with both Doda and Athina. George will fly over next month to attend the Longines Global Champion Tour events both in Madrid, Spain and Wiesbaden, Germany. Morris will stay between May 5th and 16th to train with the talented riders and enjoy all that Valkenswaard has to offer. George will also look to sign a training contract with A&D Stables that will take this exciting new arrangement to 2017. The intentions for both parties is to train and focus on a very serious build-up to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in three years time. Doda has expressed great desire and drive for the next Olympic Games, which will be hosted in his native Brazil. The top-ranked Brazilian rider has big plans for the next three years and is clearly focused to push the bar of international Brazilian show jumping higher and come to Rio de Janeiro with a very strong and competitive team.

Considered one of the most influential riders and trainers in the equestrian sport, George represented the United States on the gold medal-winning Pan American Games team in 1959 and on the silver medal-winning team at the 1960 Rome Olympics.  Between 1958 and 1960, he rode on eight winning Nations Cup teams and in later years served as Chef d’Equipe for numerous Nations Cup teams including as Co-Chef d’Equipe at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada, where the U.S. won both the team and individual silver medals.  George also served as a Director of the former USET and as a member of its Executive and Show Jumping Committees.

George’s training successes include a “Who’s Who” of the United States’ top show jumping riders, figuring prominently in U.S. Olympic history.  At the 1984 Olympics, the gold medal-winning team included three former students, Conrad Homfeld, Leslie Burr-Howard and Melanie Smith Taylor.  The 1992 team included students Lisa Jacquin, Anne Kursinki and Norman Dello Joio.  IN 1996, George was assistant Chef d’Equipe of the silver medal Olympic team, which included former students Burr-Howard, Kursinski and Peter Leone.  At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, former student Chris Kappler won the individual silver medal and was a member of the gold medal-winning team.

Everyone at A&D Stables is very excited about the new season and we wish them the very best for the exciting season ahead.

Source: A&D Stables

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