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

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  • Original Poster

    "The horse has come to us by chance, not by choice. Of all the animals that have naturally come from the wild, there are very few that have shown any disposition to tolerate man and live with him on the terms we impose. In the mental make-up of the horse there is a quality of submission that has benefited man to no end. The horse will carry out duties without reward. He is a giving creature who asks for nothing. Horses have served as man's partner throughout the history of civilization, through the centuries without complaint they have served in war, commerce, agriculture and entertainment. They have born men and munitions into battle, pulled wagons and carriages, plowed fields, provided endless sport; polo, racing, dressage, fox hunting, three-day eventing, show jumping, reining... just to name but a few. Horses are embedded in our culture and our memories. The horse has an athleticism, grace and power. Beyond the horses physical attributes and his contributions to human well-being I am astounded, above all else, by his inner self, his spirit and his sweet and generous nature. The horse's adaptability and willingness to serve us has earned them a special place in our hearts. He is not a conquest of man. It is his nature to accept 'what is' with nobility. I think horses have helped give all of us in this room a wonderful life. Thanks to them I have received great personal satisfaction and felt closer to nature. Countless people experience the fulfillment of spending their days around horses. This is one of the best way to use one's time on earth. We are together tonight because of our bond with horses, let us protect and guard these wonderful creatures to the best of our ability."

    Joe Fargis.


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      • #4
        Joe, you are my hero!
        And YES THANK YOU for reminding us all.


        • #5
          Beautifully said, Joe. Thank you.

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          • #6
            FANTASTIC, beautiful and very true.
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            • #7
              That was an eloquent and moving speech he gave, what a great horseman he is.


              • Original Poster

                my dad always said that in order to become a horseman one need be a gentleman first. Joe certainly embodies this sentiment.


                • #9
                  I have attended only a few clinics with Mr. Fargis and even in that short amount of time, he imparted some wisdom that I reflect on almost every ride. Truly one of the greats. Thank you!


                  • #10
                    Lovely lovely speech!!!!!!! This hits the nail on the head as to why I get so sad in my area when they close horse area after horse area... they just don't understand what horses mean................

                    Thanks for posting this.
                    Live in the sunshine.
                    Swim in the sea.
                    Drink the wild air.


                    • #11
                      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.

                      Thank you, fair judy.


                      • #12
                        Wow what a wonderful speech! It gave me goosebumps!

                        Congrats to Joe Fargis!
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                        • #13
                          Truly a great eloquent horseman and gentleman.


                          • #14
                            What an eloquent statement at such an important time in our industry-I can only hope many take these words to heart.


                            • #15
                              Perfect. I got goosebumps as well, when I was reading it. It's so hard to explain the bond we all feel, so when people are able to put it onto words...it's something special.
                              "On the back of a horse I felt whole, complete, connected to that vital place in the center of me...and the chaos within me found balance."


                              • #16
                                Joe is an amazing horseman and gentleman, and this statement exemplifies why so many of us hold him in such high esteem. He deserves every honor that comes his way. I sincerely hope he is with us for many, many more years. The horse world certainly needs his wisdom and perspective. Congratulations, Joe!!!


                                • #17
                                  When I cliniced with him I asked him to sign my Touch of Class Breyer and he seemed a little misty about her and said "she did everything we humans could've ever asked of her." He's always been one of my equestrian heros.


                                  • #18
                                    We need more Joe Fargis' in this sport. He is the consummate horseman.


                                    • #19
                                      Keeping this thread at the top until everybody has read it at least three times.


                                      • #20
                                        Very pleased and happy for Joe, and grateful that so many have taken note of his beautifully expressed appreciation for all that horses have done for us.
                                        Inner Bay Equestrian