The Brazilian Equestrian Federation announced that the legendary George H. Morris has accepted an offer to serve as their show jumping coach through the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in August.
“I’m not the chef d’equipe. I’ll be the trainer,” Morris said. “I was asked, they’re all very good friends, my boyfriend is from Rio, and I think it will be a positive thing. It’s something that will be fun for George.”
Morris, who himself won team silver at the 1960 Olympic Games, served as the U.S. show jumping chef d’equipe from 2005 to 2013. He has also coached numerous riders at the highest levels, served as chef d’equipe for countless winning Nations Cup teams, and shared his knowledge with all levels of riders through his many clinics all over the world.
At the end of 2015, Morris announced that he would be minimizing his busy clinic schedule to focus on other teaching pursuits. His eponymous USEF horsemastership training sessions, from Dec. 31-Jan. 2, were taught by Christine Traurig, Beezie Madden and Laura Kraut.
According to a press release from the Brazilian Equestrian Federation, Morris will be part of a commitee aimed at forming and training the Brazilian show jumping team for the Rio Olympic Games. “We are happy with the new hiring of Mr. George Morris and we are sure that his ability and undeniable expertise will greatly help our riders in this final stretch towards achievements at the Olympic Games in Rio,” said Luiz Roberto Giugni, president of the Brazilian Equestrian Federation.
Morris said he’s looking forward to helping the Brazilian riders prepare for the Olympic Games in their home country. “Like all countries, they have a short list. I don’t know all the horses yet, but I know most of the riders. They’re excellent riders and I’ve known them a long time. They’re fun to be with and they’re very competitive. It’s just a nice thing to do for me, a little bit of fun,” Morris said. His contract concludes with the Olympic Games.
In addition, Morris is teaching privately. “I’m helping just a few select riders. I help Andrew Ramsay and Alex Granato and I’m back helping [top Brazlilian rider] Doda de Miranda. I also help Tori Colvin with just a few of her horses. I’m teaching very few people,” he said.