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How would you explain GM to non horsey person?

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  • How would you explain GM to non horsey person?

    My DH and I are watching Syracuse and George Morris came in to congratulate the young riders and I was trying to explain who he was...I feel like I failed miserably :-) Who could I relate him to outside of the horse world?

  • #2
    Is he a football fan? Vince Lombardi.


    • Original Poster

      Thanks.....right up his alley. Of course I just got a crash course in Lombardi's career :-)


      • #4


        • #5
          As the EquiGod. Nuff said!
          And nothing bad happened!


          • #6


            • #7
              For organic chemists, Robert Woodward, but it's an analogy that only works for a very small percentage of the population.

              With GM (and RW) it's not just their direct accomplishments, but the people they have trained and the people they have trained.
              The Evil Chem Prof


              • Original Poster

                These are great. I also called him the god father


                • #9
                  Like God but with better equitation and less forgiveness.


                  • #10
                    Good point about GM being a teacher of other great teachers.

                    An analogy for physicists: Fermi

                    Not only was Fermi an outstanding scientist, a lot of people who did their PhD's under him became very famous as well.

                    For Chefs: James Beard
                    An amazing chef and a great educator. Wrote many definitive works on cooking and also trained many other great chefs.


                    • #11
                      Bobby Knight
                      You will not rise to the occasion, you will default to your level of training.


                      • #12
                        USA gymnastics coach Bela Karoli.


                        • #13
                          I once compared GM's Jumping Clinic to getting free throw advice from Michael Jordan, in a college paper comparing Practical Horseman and Horse Illustrated (magazine journalism major).
                          I love my Econo-Nag!


                          • #14
                            Simon Cowell.


                            • #15
                              the Gordon Ramsey of the equestrian world.


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Coreene View Post
                                Simon Cowell.
                                Please don't sabotash my conchess.


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by luckeys71 View Post
                                  Is he a football fan? Vince Lombardi.
                                  But was VL a sports great as a player or just a coach?

                                  GM was a stand-out athlete himself, then went out to be a stand-out teach, and then a stand out coach as well.

                                  Plus he is known as an excellent WRITER and has published a number of books on "his" sport. So he is considered an expert in the "book learnin'" dept too.

                                  So what sports figure has done all of that?


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Kyzteke View Post
                                    But was VL a sports great as a player or just a coach?

                                    GM was a stand-out athlete himself, then went out to be a stand-out teach, and then a stand out coach as well.

                                    Plus he is known as an excellent WRITER and has published a number of books on "his" sport. So he is considered an expert in the "book learnin'" dept too.

                                    So what sports figure has done all of that?
                                    All good points.

                                    GM did say today that he didn't invent anything himself, he just passed along what he learned from the great people who taught him.

                                    In particular, he acknowledged that his own horse "bible" was Gordon Wright's book, "Learning to Ride, Hunt, and Show."

                                    GM certainly has done a huge amount for the sport, but I've heard him credit his own instructors many, many times.


                                    • #19
                                      As Arnie Palmer with a bit of David Leadbetter thrown in.


                                      • #20
                                        So funny you brought this up - I had the exact same conversation today!

                                        I said 'he literally wrote the book on our sport'. Yes, I know many other people have written great books on riding, but that explanation seemed to get the point across.
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