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George Morris

June 12, 2013

Looking Back On The Hunter Division: A Jumping Contest

In the June 17 issue of The Chronicle of the Horse, George Morris, the most famous jumping critic of all time, weighed in on riders, horses and competitions from the past. He looked at riders such as Kenny Wheeler, Patty Heuckeroth and Kathy Kusner and discussed how the sport has changed. Enjoy a few bonus photos and read George's thoughts in our online gallery.

September 22, 2006

Our Team Selection--Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow

It's an old saying: "You can make all of the people happy some of the time; you can make some of the people happy all of the time; but you can't make all of the people happy all of the time."

My first experience with selection trials goes back to 1956, the year of the Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden. I was 18 and had four wonderful horses--my mother's The Gigolo and War Bride, along with Mrs. William Joshua Barney's Magnify and Master William.

May 23, 2006

What Kuala Lumpur Showed Us About Ourselves

Peter Winton is an old friend of mine from my teaching days in Australia. In recent years, Peter has lived and run horse shows in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This year Peter undertook the rather daunting task of organizing the FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final, bringing the show jumping community halfway around the world to compete in Asia.

January 20, 2006

These Are The Ingredients That Make Great Riders

In July, I wrote a column called "Pointers, Policies and Principles--Advice For American Show Jumpers." Well, this column has a similar theme, except that this time I'm addressing specifically our elite grand prix riders who are on (or want to get on) our USEF computer list.

But repetition is the greatest of all teaching tools.

September 8, 2005

This Summer's Given Us Another Reality Check

When I took over this job of U.S. chef d'equipe last spring, my mission was to attempt (and I do mean "attempt"!) to implement a comprehensive international program. Of course, I recalled that Bertalan de Nemethy had given us the absolutely best blueprint of a program for our country.

August 22, 2005

When We Lose Our Four-Legged Friends

An old tale says that for every good story to be told about horses, there are a hundred sad ones. This is close to the truth. Life is fragile at best. And life, when it comes to our four-legged friends, is even more fragile.

The school year was coming to an enD in 1948, I had turned 10 years old, and my family had finally allowed me to have my very own horse, on a lease, for the summer.

July 15, 2005

Pointers, Policies, And Principles--Or Advice For Americana Show Jumpers Abroad

Now that I'm officially in the role as our team's chef d'equipe, I've compiled a list of directions I give my riders on tours to other countries. This list isn't in any particular order, but they're all points that mean a lot to me. And the list keeps growing!

January 14, 2005

This Is What Form Over Fences Looks Like

Last month (and long before!) I was thumbing through issues of the Chronicle, and I was truly appalled by the style--or lack of style--of the top professional hunter riders in this country. Yes, I'm sure they have a great feel, sense of pace, and eye for a distance, but, my fellow horsemen, that is not enough!

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