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    Who is going to George Morris' 3 day clinic at Rich Fellers' place besides me? I will be there to audit on Dec. 5-7. I'd loff to meet some of you.
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    Who is going to George Morris' 3 day clinic at Rich Fellers' place besides me? I will be there to audit on Dec. 5-7. I'd loff to meet some of you.

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      Hey I'm from Maryland too and would love to audit a GM clinic- where is Rich Fellers place? Also how much per day to audit?

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          I think the one Melzy is referring to is in Oregon at Rich Fellers farm. There is one every year in Maryland at the Krome's farm Persimmon tree in Westminster. Maybe you can audit next year!

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            ReeseRoo81, Rich lives in Wilsonville, Oregon. It cost $60/day to audit all 3 sessions or $25/session.

            JrJmpr1783 is correct.

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              Thanks guys! Yup.. Oregon is a little far for me!

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                What is Rich up to these days?. I knew him back when I was in high school.

                Democrats were quick to point out that President Bush's budget creates a 1 trillion dollar deficit. The White House quickly responded with 'Hey, look over there, it's Saddam Hussein.'
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                  Khataan, email me for more info.

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                    Melzy - there are a few people from my barn who are going down to ride. I'm hoping to drive down to watch on the weekend (assuming no veterinary emergencies ). It's a bit of a drive from Seattle but I learned a lot the last time I audited a GM clinic and I could use a good road trip. So maybe I will see you there.

                    "It is not possible to conquer a horse by force. How then a nation?" (White Horse Fei Fei)
                    (formerly known as kml)

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                      Cassiopeia, I sure hope you can attend without having vet emergencies. I am volunteering to be jump crew unless George abuses me. I'm getting excited already.

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                        For the Washingtonian's, GM held a clinic at Cara Anthony's place last summer, and will likely do so again. It is much closer than RF's place.

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                          The clinic is less than a week away.

                          For those of you wondering why I am flying to Oregon when I live in Maryland it's because I have a free plane ticket to use by the end of the year and I get to visit with my adopted family, the Fellers, at the same time. George is the icing on the cake!

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                            Melzy - As predicted, one of my dogs felt the need to keep me at home for the weekend by ripping his toenail off in the car on Friday, so I didn't go. But if we beg and plead, can we get you to give us the full report? Please, please, please?

                            "It is not possible to conquer a horse by force. How then a nation?" (White Horse Fei Fei)
                            (formerly known as kml)

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                              Yes, I would like a full report, too! George didn't abuse any of the "jump crew" at the clinic I was at! (At least while I was there )

                              Devilpups
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                                Me too! I didn't get to make it out to audit, but would love to hear the run down with all my heart!
                                &&&Natural Blonde, Please Speak Slowly&&&

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                                  OK everyone, I will give my report tomorrow. I just got home from Oregon and I'm really tired.

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                                    Here's my report as promised of "3 Days With George." The clinic was divided into 3 sections; 3'6", 3'9" and 4'6" so all the riders were pretty good to start with. It was jumper oriented but he did throw in some equitation and hunter thoughts.

                                    George is very punctual and you'd better also be. He wore boots with spurs, breeches, an old fashioned helmet (without any harness), a heavy jacket and a microphone. He stood between the auditors on the bleachers and the horses gathered in a semi-circle line up. First he mentioned fitness of the riders as they are athletes and need to think as such. Then he pointed directly at me, who was sitting in front of him on the bleachers auditing, looked me right in the eye and said, "You're pathetic! You shouldn't be fat!" He also pointed out a few other overweight people sitting around me. Obviously, I know that I am fat, but I am not sitting on a horse either! I spoke up and said, "That's why I'm notriding!" George shook his head and said, "It doesn't matter! You need to be fit! You people walk in the barn every day and you need to be fit!" He said, "I may hurt your feelings, but I'm honest! I'm 66 years old and I don't ride (I think he meant compete) anymore, but I go to the gym every day and work at it. I get up at 5:30 every morning to work out. It's work people. Work, work, work." OK George, I get it. I really do. (More on this later)

                                    Then he checked attire and equipment. All the riders wore boots and breeches, not chaps or 1/2 chaps. A tight fitting sweater or slim vest was OK; nothing bulky was allowed. He asked a couple of riders to remove their jackets. Of course, everyone wore approved headgear. Every rider was required to carry a stick and wear spurs. No exceptions and no excuses! He preferred brown rubber reins for better grip compared to leather, not white or multi-colored ones. Figure 8 nosebands or flash attachments only to keep the horse's mouth shut. For bits he likes a slow twist for most horses. He hatesHappy Mouth Bits or any fat bit! "Tack shops have you people coming and going. I don't want a happy bit! I want happy hands!!!" He "hates, hates, hatesblack stirrups! They are ugly and lightweight." He also, "hates those jointed stirrups because they give way when you need them the most!" He didn't make any comments about horse boots or polos worn but all present wore dark colors. Think conservative colors.

                                    He asked the riders to "disperse, not seperate as that is not the correct word." "Disperse." He wanted you to "sit your crotch forward in your saddle." The angled forward stirrup should be placed with your toe touching the outside branch. He was very particular about this position all 3 days with everyone. He made them change right away if they were incorrect. "Relax your knees and have contact with your calves. Keep your back straight and lift your hands. Most people ride with their hands too low at the withers. I want your hands up with a straight line from your elbow to the mouth." He had them do short walk and trot transitions. Some of them were beginning to bunch up and he raised his voice and said, "Be a little ALERT to the other horses!" "Some of you are still green. Some of you will be evergreens!" I loff his humor. He had them drop their stirrups with your feet behind the stirrups. "I HATE over bending! Today all the hunters and equitation horses are over bent. The stupid judges are rewarding this! It is wrong!" George physically demonstrates by turning his own head to the inside while his body is going straight. "You should just see the corner of the horse's inside eye; not the whole eye! Ask to bend to the inside leg while you are steering with your outside rein." To slow down, "close your hands." He wanted the horses to travel straight on the sides of the ring and bend slightly on the shorter ends. Note: The indoor ring was huge so you didn't have to bend much. "Collect with the stick and hold him." Make sure that you have contact with both reins, not just the inside. He likes the direct rein and most people don't use it. "Stupid instructors are not teaching correctly." "You collect from the hind; not the front." George took off his heavy coat and had on a tight sweater and a vest and mounted one of the spooky horses and adjusted his stirrups. He immediately used his stick which caused the horse to bolt forward. At the same time George had him collected all right! Now he was ready to demonstrate collection. He trotted and cantered in circles and figure 8's. George came to the clinic with a bad cold but he rode effortlessly. I have seen him ride for decades and yet there wasn't any visible difference because of his age. He's such an Icon! Anyway, he got his point across to the riders. They all rode collected after that in both directions. This one girl annoyed him with her head bobbing. George told her, "You look like a cork on a wave. A cork on a wave!" When it came to the jumping part, George asked Rich for "people who know jumps." Rich signaled me to go into the ring to help as I told him earlier that I would volunteer to be jump crew for all 3 days. I think George was surprised to see me after that insult he threw at me earlier. I may be fat, but I am not lazy! Anyway, he worked me hard lowering rails or raising them later. The jumps were already set. Rich had lots of heavy square rails which George absolutely loved. "They make a horse sharper" he said. I guess I wasn't quick enough for George in picking up a downed rail at the far end of the ring. He said, "Jog Robin, jog, jog, jog. I love to see you run! I'm doing you a favor!" I smiled back at him, out of breath and said, "Ditto." He smiled back at me. Rich has those safety jump cups that are reverseable meaning they can either be used flat or deep. The standards have lots of holes an inch apart. The cups fit into 2 holes at a time. God help me when I wasn't perfect! I was nervous and made a few minor mistakes especially when all the cups fell off. George is an admitted perfectionist. He looked me right in the eye and said, "You have to think like a MAN, not a woman." I was stunned at first! He caught me off guard. Then I said, "George, BUT I AM a woman!" He shook his head and said, "It doesn't matter. THINK like a man!" Trust me, I'm still confused.

                                    I will write more later as I have to get some work done.

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                                      Melzy - Thank you for the first installment, great reading. Very kind of you to take time to type up the report.

                                      The comment about thinking like a man is still bothering me - not because I'm upset that GM would show some sort of prejudice (I'm an adult and can take it for what it's worth), but because I can't figure out what he meant by it!

                                      "It is not possible to conquer a horse by force. How then a nation?" (White Horse Fei Fei)
                                      (formerly known as kml)

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                                        Wow, some of what you said is EXACTLY the same thing he said at the clinic I audited, you seem to have remembered more than me! The funny thing is, I could hear his voice and the way he says things while reading!

                                        The one I went to he REALLY emphasized on out-side reins, he also mentioned brown rubber reins saying leather was too slippery (my eventing trainer feels the same way) and now I remember the gripes he had about the stirrups as well!

                                        Devilpups
                                        "Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for government!"
                                        Is minic a rinne bromach gioblach capall cumasach
                                        An awkward colt often becomes a beautiful horse .

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