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Thank You Joe Fargis for reminding us......

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  • #21
    Joe Fargis

    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.

    What a lovely man.


    • #22
      That was lovely. I am always amazed by what our horses are willing to do for us.


      • #23
        A fabulous moving speech. I too had goosebumps. Thank you Joe Fargis.


        • #24
          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.
          Not all who wander are lost.


          • #25
            Big fan of Joe's, now just a little bit more so.

            Perfectly said.

            If I ever need to explain or defend American Forward Seat Riding, as defined by Litteaur, Jane Marshall Dillon, Frances Rowe, et al., I find a video of Joe and Touch of Class .
            The plural of anecdote is not data.


            • #26
              In case anyone missed this, or failed to memorize it, or in case the USEF or USHJA wants to cast some of it in bronze and set it by the horse show office, here it is again.


              • #27
                A TRUE horseman!!!! Not many left out there.


                • #28
                  Very moving. What group did he give this speech to? Does anyone know?
                  “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                  ¯ Oscar Wilde


                  • #29
                    Originally posted by nutmeg View Post
                    Keeping this thread at the top until everybody has read it at least three times.

                    I can ride my horses without a sharps container.


                    • #30
                      I'm sure I will never meet him, but I will always respect Joe Fargis for this speech. If only everyone involved with horses thought like this.


                      • #31
                        Loved this. Excellent.
                        It's a uterus, not a clown car. - Sayyedati


                        • #32
                          Originally posted by twelvebelles View Post
                          I'm sure I will never meet him, but I will always respect Joe Fargis for this speech. If only everyone involved with horses thought like this.
                          I too am impressed with his thoughts and that a professional feels this way and gets the essence of why we connect with the equine.
                          Wonderful and worth printing for my tack room wall.
                          save lives...spay/neuter/geld


                          • #33
                            Originally posted by nutmeg View Post
                            That was RIDICULOUS. I knew Joe Fargis was all class. I knew he was the gold medalist. I knew he was more silent than Calvin Coolidge. But I am completely floored by the beauty of his words.
                            and I just rode with Joe in December. It was an awesome experience and I learned a ton. He's a man who puts the horse first, no matter what and it shows through in everything he does.
                            Keith: "Now...let's do something normal fathers and daughters do."
                            Veronica: "Buy me a pony?"


                            • Original Poster

                              bumping off the second page. READ THIS ......


                              • #35
                                Originally posted by Noctis View Post
                                Truly a great eloquent horseman and gentleman.
                                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.