I remember as a child watching in awe Touch of Class and Joe Fargis.
Recently had the opportunity for my daughter to clinic with him and he was wonderful. Southern gentleman to the core.
Quiet and kind to the kids and horses. The beauty in his teaching was him telling the kids to be patient, thoughtful and quiet when they ride and to ask the horses to do their jobs. He did a lot of work at the walk which I'm sure the kids felt was beneath them but if you can't regulate pace and straightness at the walk, it isn't going to get any easier to the fences.
Joe has always been one of my heroes. I spent 2 summers when I was in college grooming at Sandron. I carry what I learned from him with me to this day, 22 years later - and I never sat on a horse while there. He was and still is the epitome of a horseman. And when he's in the ring, it always stops me in my tracks to watch as it is always a clinic in how it should be done.
Congratulations Joe, you deserve the recognition for a lifetime well spent. And a personal thank you for all you taught me - my horses lives are better for it.
I have always treasured Jane Marshall Dillon's "Form Over Fences," and whenever - in 1984 or now - I see/hear of Joe Fargis, I think of the pictures of him in that book - about 9 or 10 years old - displaying even then lovely, sympathetic "form over fences." Obviously, his is a long and deep relationship with horses and his expression of that relationship is wonderful.