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George H. Morris

January 16, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Five Factors Make A Good Rider A Great Rider

This column by George H. Morris was first published in the March 4, 2005 issue of The Chronicle of the Horse magazine and then in August 2005 on 

December 5, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Bill Steinkraus' Two Dozen Useful Aphorisms

This George H. Morris column was originally posted on the Chronicle's website in February 2008. 

February 27, 2009

A Lesson In Arms

A photograph of the late Gen. Franklin “Fuddy” Wing Jr. inspires our columnist.

Needless to say, I couldn’t let this wonderful photo of Franklin Fearing “Fuddy” Wing Jr. and Democrat, nor the excellent article that accompanied the photos, “Democrat Jumped Into History,” (Jan. 2, p. 8), go unnoticed.

January 16, 2009

An Open Letter To High Performance Jumper Riders

Our columnist, the chef d’equipe of the U.S. show jumping team, takes a moment to address the country’s show jumpers about the upcoming challenges.

I like to write memos and directives. It is hard to see and talk to each and every one of you often. We are all spread out, although I think I know a good percent of you—more than you realize.

What we must not do, at this point, is rest on our laurels. The next quadrennium is most challenging and very, very important.

January 2, 2009

Three-Point Contact At A Gallop

One’s first impression of this wonderful photo—Beezie Madden riding Judgement at the 2008 Spruce Meadows Masters (Alta.) in the $937,867 CN International—is of “spit and polish.” Both horse and rider are scrupulously clean and turned out in a traditional and conservative manner.

October 3, 2008

Our International High Performance Program

Even after a golden performance at the Olympic Games, our columnist warns that we must not become complacent.

Just after the Spruce Meadows Masters in mid-September, Signe Ostby and her husband, Scott Cook, hosted a lovely fundraiser dinner party for the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation at their home in Woodside, Calif.

About 50 people attended, lots of old friends and some new ones too—Jane Clark, Bonnie Jenkins, Mikey Murphy Hoag, Nonie Ramsey, and many others just to name a few.

July 6, 2007

The Pan Am Games In The Good Old Days

No, certainly not everything was better back then. And I’m going back some 50-odd years. And yes, some things are better today. But it was a time of simple, perhaps more altruistic values. The real interest in the horse as an individual, the history of the sport and a real study of the sport as an art.

Bert de Nemethy was not only a horseman of the highest class, but also a gentleman of the highest class. Those were the days when a social order was in place.

May 4, 2007

A Riveting Week At The World Cup Final

Las Vegas is always amazing—much like New York City is always amazing, but in a different way.
I arrived at 2 a.m. Monday having just completed a three-day clinic in Louisville, Ky. I’d anticipated traveling at that hour would be less crowded. I was wrong!

March 9, 2007

This Is How I'd Fix Our American Hunter Divisions

I've maintained lifelong interest in the American hunter division because it's the base of our equestrian sports. Our hunter division has spawned riders (and even horses!) for the jumper, equitation, eventing, dressage, endurance and even driving divisions. Other countries have vaulting, dressage, jumping and foxhunting as their starting platforms, and we've always had the hunter division.

But now the hunter community must re-examine the classical principles of their division and get back on track. It won't take much to do it right.

January 16, 2007

It's Time To Begin Certifying American Rider Instructors

ll I can say is, "Better late than never!" The concept of certifying riding instructors is long overdue and should have been addressed 50 years ago.

Every official at a horse show has a license--the judges, stewards and course designers. Why not the teachers and trainers? I can think of very few, if any, other legitimate sports where an instructor can "hang out his shingle" whenever he wants. And many countries in the rest of the world insist on certifying their riding in-structors via their federations.

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